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Local Couple Completes Parks & Rec's Walk Across America' Challenge

ELIZABETHTON (Dec 3, 2015) - An Elizabethton couple recently completed Elizabethton Parks and Recreation’s 2,817-mile Walk Across America challenge, and they are now walking 2,560 miles “to Honolulu” as part of the Walk Around the World challenge.

“They just keep going; they like to walk,” said Athletic Coordinator David Nanney.

Carl and Trena Gibson walk daily right here in Elizabethton and track their miles, and as they do, Nanney tracks their route and posts upcoming destinations.

“This gives people an incentive to walk with a goal, reward and public recognition,” said Nanney.

They are two of nearly 25 people that have already “walked across Tennessee” in the three years the program has existed — a 539-mile accomplishment. Nanney said it has become a social event, at which numerous walkers will join and walk together at the Recreation Center.

“After Macel Gardener quickly completed the Walk Across Tennessee, we knew we had to come up with another challenge,” said Nanney. “Nobody can catch up to her, and she’s in her 80s.”

Gardener is the reigning champ with 3,503 miles to her name. She is currently 686 miles into her walk to Honolulu, closely followed by Carl with 3,089 miles and Trena with 2,882.5 miles.

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