Anna Cruz would rather dance.
But she’s willing to do what it takes to get healthy — even walk 3.1 miles.
“Salsa and Latin dancing is my forte,” said Cruz of Mesa. “But I’m going the whole 3.1.”
Cruz was one of about 100 walkers at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale who turned out for Steps Across Scottsdale, a free 3-mile walk sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare.
“It’s for people to get moving,” said Kim Martin, a health educator for the nonprofit organization. “To use city facilities and make a healthier country.”
This is the second year for the walk, which was aimed toward people who don’t usually exercise.
Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross attended the event and declared April 29 “Steps Across Scottsdale Getting Healthy Together Day” for the city.
“Taking care of your health is the most important thing in the world to do,” she said.
Although the mayor had other commitments and couldn’t stay for the walk, she promised to make up the miles on her treadmill at home.
Jeanette Rogers of Scottsdale lives in a home along the Green Belt, a 12-mile stretch of four parks linked across Scottsdale.
Rogers was not a first-time walker. She said she has run two marathons and was preparing to walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in November.
Saturday’s three-mile jaunt was just practice. Rogers and her neighbor, Evra Smith, walked 14 miles last week and eight miles the week before.
The Green Belt is one of their favorite places to walk, they said. “There’s a lot of shade, the trees are beautiful, and you can just go for miles,” Rogers said. Smith also is training for the breast cancer walk in November, and she has a secret for success: Her first name, Evra. “It means endurance,” she said.