Rockport to Host Regional Kick-Off of Walk Massachusetts Challenge

Apr 5, 2022

The Rockport Council on Aging is pleased to announce that the Town of Rockport will serve as host for the regional kick-off of the Walk Massachusetts Challenge, an annual Massachusetts Councils on Aging community walking challenge that runs through October. The kick-off event is scheduled rain or shine for May 4th from 11AM-2PM, stepping off from Rockport’s Back Beach and bandstand.  

This is a free, all ages event featuring easy, scenic walks of varying distances from a one-quarter of a mile beach loop, to longer half-mile, three-quarter and mile-long routes, winding its way to Millbrook Meadow, Front Beach and all the way to Bearskin Neck and back.  Group led or self-guided walks take place on marked sidewalks assisted by color coded route maps. There are benches to rest and restrooms available along the way.

Upon returning to the welcome and registration location, complimentary boxed picnic lunches will be served for the first one hundred registered participants.  Additionally, there will be educational and information booths in the park including nearby Council on Aging Centers, SeniorCare, The Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, Mass in Motion, Open Door, The Glen T. McLeod YMCA, Element Care, For Every Body Fitness and Rockport Library.

The Walk Massachusetts Challenge offers registered participants the chance to win prizes and supplies a handy step tracker tool online at  Walkers are encouraged to register on the site first before the kick-off event.  Come dressed for the weather, wearing comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget a personal water bottle.

Walking is an accessible and affordable way for people to maintain good health through moderate regular exercise.  Join friends, neighbors, family members and kick start a new healthy habit together at the Walk Massachusetts outdoor kick-off event.

To register for the Walk Massachusetts Challenge, visit To participate as a volunteer or non-profit partner, or learn more about the regional kick-off, contact: Cal Workman at 978-546-2573 or [email protected].