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4000 get out on the street beat

Section:  Dumfries and West  | Tags: ,

THOUSANDS of walkers, runners and cyclists hit the streets of Dumfries this week as a new free fitness initiative kicked off.

Wednesday was the first day of Beat the Street and saw 4000 people out and about taking part.

It will run for six weeks with the aim of encouraging adults and children to get moving – be it walking, running, cycling, scooting, skating or skipping between the town’s 47 beat boxes.
Players register their movement by tapping a card or fob onto a box.
All the town’s primary school pupils have been given a fob and the rest of the community is being urged to give it a go too.
Councillor Ronnie Nicholson is one of those who has signed up and he said: “I am excited to have Beat the Street in Dumfries. I want to see our pavements, parks and cycle paths filled with individuals and families all walking, cycling and scooting their way around the boxes in and around the town.
“For me, the best thing about Beat the Street is that it can be played by everyone. It’s not about walking around all of the boxes – it’s about everyone getting out and putting the car keys down. Even if you tap just a few boxes when you are going to the shops or walking to school, all those points add up.”

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