Camas, WA — To raise awareness in his fight against obesity, and create unique parks across the country, Camas Football coach Dale Rule walked for 24 hours this past weekend at Doc Harris Stadium.
During that time, he logged 50+ miles, or 100,866 steps in loops around the football field, and got to speak with many members of the community.
“Some may think I’m an idiot for doing this,” said Rule. “I am, but this is what I’m supposed to be doing, and the doctor gave me clearance to do this just a few days ago. I was so happy to make it to the finish line, it was brutal, but I made it!”
Rule, who along with his wife, Lya, have been championing the fight against obesity for several years. At one point, Dale weighed more than 400 pounds, and decided to exercise more and significantly change his eating habits. He was set to walk from Portland to Chicago this past summer, but suffered from a burst colon just days prior to his journey.
“If it would have happened during my walk, I’m sure I would have died,” said Dale.
Dale spent weeks in the hospital, and it took months to be in shape to even walk for an hour.
Along this weekend’s walk, he spent time with community members talking about his vision to raise funds to build special parks throughout the nation, starting here in Camas.
“I just ask for people to contribute $1.50 a month,” he said. “Building these parks will create jobs, help kids stay in shape, and stay out of trouble. I know this all sounds crazy, but I believe this is why I’m here. We will make this happen.”
During his walk, he spoke with friends and acquaintances about how best to promote what he’s doing.
“There are negative ways to do it that will generate more buzz, but we’re a group of positive, optimistic people, so we’ll just stay on that route — Everyone Walk!” he said.
To learn more, visit www.everyonewalk.com