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February 7, 2014

'Walk A Mile' fundraiser postponed

Snowy sidewalks push event to March 22.

Slick, snow-covered sidewalks and streets have postponed the 13th annual “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” event sponsored by the Kokomo Rescue Mission.

The event was scheduled for Saturday, but has been pushed back to March 22 as many city sidewalks remain buried in ice and snow.

“The city is always fabulous working with us to make sure sidewalks get cleared, but we know they’re taxed right now,” said Sally Ripley, director of development at the mission. “To get everything cleared would have been a Herculean task.”

She said rescue mission and city officials decided sidewalk and street conditions made the one-mile trek too dangerous for the around 700 people expected to attend the fundraiser, which raises money for the mission.

Although the city often helps clear sidewalks for the event, city code officially puts the responsibility of snow removal on residents and businesses, who are required to clear sidewalks adjoining their property within 24 hours after snow accumulation.

The walk has been postponed, but the annual breakfast will still be held Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.

“Certainly people are welcome to join us there for some food and fellowship,” Ripley said.

Early-bird registration is also staying the same, and will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Registrations will be taken from 8 to 11 a.m. on both Saturday and March 22.

Kokomo Rescue Mission and Open Arms staff apologized for any inconvenience caused by the schedule change, and said the safety of the walk teams and volunteers was the main reason for postponing the walk.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

Walk A Mile schedule: The Walk Breakfast will still be held 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church. The one mile walk to Open Arms is postponed to 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, because of safety issues with groups walking in snowy conditions. Early Bird Registration for Walk Teams is still today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registrations will be taken on both Saturday and March 22 from 8 to 11 a.m. Team winners will be announced after the Walk is completed on March 22. For more information, call 765-456-3838.

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