Mall walkers log thousands of miles in DuBois Mall

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DUBOIS, Pa. (WTAJ)– Three mall walkers were recognized Thursday for logging hundreds of miles in the DuBois Mall.

Nancy Williams, James Bloom and Matt Kelly logged over 2,000 miles combined over one year.

Williams put in 702 of those miles. She’s been walking here since 2013.

“By dedication and diligence, I went through the 6 years, hopefully I get 6 more years in.”

Penn Highlands Healthcare teamed up with the DuBois Mall to start the mall walkers program.

The program gives walkers a goal number of miles to reach, and if they hit it, receive a prize.

More than 200 walkers are registered in the program– the one to walk his way to the top is Matt Kelly.

He sets the record at 1,012 miles walked.

Kelly said walking the mall inspired him to stay active and start eating better– helping him to lose around 100 pounds.

“I’m down to like 174.8 last week and my highest was 269 pounds,” Kelly said.

“I think what it does is it sends out a sign that it’s never too late because he actually lost 100 pounds and it seems like he’s motivated to continue it, it’s fantastic,” Service Line Director of Rehabilitation Centers for Penn Highlands Healthcare Mark Hoffman said.

Bloom came just a little short of 500 miles– logging 481, but he isn’t giving up.

“I’m trying to hit it again,” Bloom said. “Just keep trying. I say try and try again.”

One lap around the mall is 0.5 miles.

Those wanting to register for the mall walkers program can stop by the DuBois Mall office.

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