A College Walking Class? Yes, it Exists - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

A College Walking Class? Yes, it Exists

By: Jason Rantala

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Driving around the Iowa State campus this summer, you might have spotted something unusual.

"We get a lot of honks along the road," said class instructor Justus Hallam.

One hour-a-day, four days-a-week, six Iowa State students head out bright and early and go for a walk.

It's not only for fun, but it's worth one college credit, as well. 

"Well I was going to take tennis, but they canceled that. The only other credit was walking," said Junior Stephen Leeds.

"A lot of the time, people are curious why there's a group of six to eight college age students going for a walk at 7:30 in the morning," said Hallam.

During Tuesday's class, students trotted along Lincoln Way and around University Boulevard. A grand total of two miles.

Students get to generate a new route every day, to keep things fresh.

"For some people, walking is less threatening than trying to learn a sports skill that might be a little more competitive. Walking is something everybody can do," said Hallam.

The class covers the benefits of walking, how many steps you should take a day, how fast you should go and traffic safety.

"Even if it's not very fast, it's still better than sitting on your couch or sleeping," said Hallam.

It's a nice way to start the day for Mandy Qian, who says it's a good contrast to her more difficult studies.

"I like it, and I feel very normal waking up early in the morning getting fresh air," said Qian. 

Justus Hallam, who teaches the class, says it's been going on for the last 15 to 20 years, and that he says he doesn't know of any class like it anywhere else.

 

 

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