A note about Nordic walking

The following is information regarding the attempt to break the record for largest group of people Nordic walking, which will be taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday.

WHAT TYPE OF POLES DO I NEED? You can use actual Nordic Walking poles, or ski poles, or any sort of walking poles, provided they are of a length that when standing tall and holding the pole your elbow is at about 90 degrees. The poles also must have a rubber tip.

MY POLES DON’T HAVE RUBBER TIPS … WHAT DO I DO? Pete Edwards of Skwalking.com LLC is able to provide and install rubber tips and make your ski poles qualify for the record. Prices vary depending on your needs. Please see Pete on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of FinnFest, as he won’t have time on Saturday morning to perform pole maintenance.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE WALK? You can sign up at the registration desk in Michigan Technological University’s Student Development Complex on any day of FinnFest. Registering for the walk is $5 per person. It is a separate fee from general FinnFest registration. You can also sign up beginning at 8 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection, but early registration is encouraged.

CAN I RENT POLES? Yes, poles are available for rent for $5 per set. Please see the FinnFest registration desk Monday-Friday of FinnFest week for details. There will also be poles available on the day of the event, but be sure to reserve yours early to make sure you get a set. Details will be available at the FinnFest registration desk

HOW FAR ARE WE WALKING? To officially meet the Guinness requirements, our course is 3 kilometers (just under 2 miles). It goes through Hancock, crosses the picturesque Portage Lift Bridge, and concludes along the Houghton waterfront.

WHEN DOES THE EVENT BEGIN? The walk for the record gets under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from Church of the Resurrection in Hancock.