Local Olympic athletes host “Walk to London” to celebrate the summer games

It’s more than 5,000 miles to London and Olympians and Paralympians are challenging the community to walk there with them.

In celebration of the 2012 summer Olympic games, Colorado Springs Olympians and Paralympians will be part of the “Walk to London 2012” event, joining residents in community walks and rallies where every step will be documented to reach the 5,456 miles.

The Walk to London 2012 program is a series of 20 walks held in communities around the United States to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Its goal is to highlight the importance of regular exercise and a commitment to lifelong fitness, hosted by the United States Olympians Association.

Colorado Springs will host its walk May 12. Sign up at Walk to London website.

In each of the communities where Olympians will host a walk, residents will gather and rally for the London Olympic Team. Each person who joins the walk will help the organization get closer to the goal of “walking to London.”

There will be games and sports exhibits and T-shirts for the first walkers to sign up.

“These walks are a great opportunity to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic spirit ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer,” said Willie Banks, president of the USOA and three-time Olympian. “The USOA and our Olympic and Paralympic athletes are eager to join with our communities to celebrate the power of the Olympic and Paralympic movement, inspire the youth who will be our next generation of Team USA athletes, and highlight the importance of fitness. Walk to London 2012 will be a first step in this program and we hope to host similar events ahead of future games as well.”

Walk to London 2012 events will be organized and led by the Olympians and Paralympians who make up the 20 Olympians Alumni Chapters located around the U.S. The first walk is scheduled for April 7 in Los Angeles as part of World Health Day LA activities. Walks will then continue each weekend in communities across the United States where Olympic Alumni Chapters are located, culminating in a final walk on June 23 in Washington D.C. in honor of International Olympic Day.