Trekkers hold family 5K walk

CAMBRIDGE – Turns out the day after Thanksgiving isn’t just for shopping and leftovers.

The Groove City Trekkers held a Family 5K Walk on Friday, covering the 3.1 miles with friends and relations of all ages.

“Our babies, aunties, uncles and around-the-way cousins came together for a family fun walk through the neighborhood,” a statement on social media said. “We skipped the Black Friday madness and invited our families to participate.”

The group is the largest public health nonprofit organization for African-American women and girls in the United States.

The Trekkers encourage women to use walking as a first step in promoting healthy living, families and communities. “As women organize walking teams, they mobilize community members to support monthly advocacy efforts and lead a civil rights-inspired health movement,” their website says.

The walkers had extra fun, seeing who could bring the most relatives to the event. Sheka Newton earned top marks in this, taking home a medal for her success.

The Trekkers followed their Friday event with a Super Hero Saturday Walk at the Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park East. To learn more about the group, visit Groove City Trekkers (Home Of Harriett Tubman) on Facebook.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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