Monday, April 25, 2022


The Rockport Council on Aging is will host a regional kick-off of the Walk Massachusetts Challenge, an annual Massachusetts Councils on Aging community walking challenge. 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 selfguided walks take place on marked sidewalks assisted by color-coded route maps. There are benches to rest and restrooms available along the way. 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. To register for the Walk Massachusetts Challenge, visit The street address for the kick off location is 32 Beach Street, #Rockport MA. 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