Walk Across Illinois
What is the Walk Across Illinois?
The Walk Across Illinois is an easy way to improve your health, one step at a time. Obesity, high blood
pressure and inadequate exercise are community health problems which challenge us all. By encouraging
everyone in Illinois to walk on average just one-half mile daily for a year, the Walk Across Illinois initiative
can help boost the life expectancy and well-being of all Illinois residents.
Why is it 167 miles long?
The width of the State of Illinois between the Mississippi River in Rock Island and the Lake Michigan shore
in Chicago is 167 miles. These two great waterways have helped define Illinois’ heritage.
What inspired the idea?
In August, 2001, Pat Quinn and his 78-year old doctor - Dr. Quentin Young - hiked 167 miles from the
Mississippi River in Rock Island to the Lake Michigan shore in Chicago to promote decent health care for
How does it work?
1. Log onto www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org or call 312-814-5220 to join. You’ll receive a password for
your personal tracking log. Each day or week, estimate how many miles you’ve walked. It can include
everyday trips to the store or maybe a walk around the block after dinner.
2. Enter your mileage on the website. Your progress will be tracked as if you are walking across the
width of Illinois. You’ll receive periodic health tips, hiking ideas and fun facts about walking. And
you’ll be invited to join Lt. Governor Quinn and celebrities when they do “Walk Across Illinois” events
in your area.
3. When you’ve completed 167 miles, you’ll receive a “Walk Across Illinois” certificate and have your
name posted on the Walk Across Illinois website.
What happens when I’ve reached 167 miles?
You’ll feel great! Plus, you’ll receive a “Walk Across Illinois” certificate suitable for framing and your
accomplishment will be recognized on www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org. And if you feel like it, you can start
When can I start?
You can start today!
Is there any cost to register?
There is no charge to participate in Walk Across Illinois. The project is sponsored by the Office of Illinois
Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.
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