WALK TILL YOU DROP; A.V. MALL OPEN FOR EXERCISE.Byline: KAREN THACKER / Community Columnist
Most people regard the Antelope Valley Mall The Antelope Valley Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Palmdale, California.
Opened in September, 1990, its buildings take up around 1 million square feet (90,000 m²). Its physical main building, parking lots, and ring road businesses encompass an area a bit less than 0. as a place for shopping.
But hundreds of Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley residents use it for exercise.
Starting at 6 a.m. weekdays, the mall fills with walkers who circle its shops, finishing their exercise perhaps with a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.
They say they like its safe, climate controlled environment - free of dogs, traffic and bad weather - and find it a place to meet friends, walking to the sound of water flowing in the mall fountains.
``It's good exercise and yet it's camaraderie,'' said walker Merle merle
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Ron Ritchie Ronald Stuart (Ron) Ritchie (born 4 July 1918 in Charing Cross, Ontario) was a Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons. His career included journalism, economics and business leadership. , 68, of Palmdale arrives about 7 a.m. and will put in three to four miles, then visit with friends over coffee at the McDonald's in the mall's food court.
``It's like the old-time coffee shops - you get together and talk,'' said Ritchie, who has lived in Palmdale since childhood.
Ruth Perkins, 66, of Leona Valley walks as part of her rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. for a knee injury. But she had started her walks even before she injured her knee, and says her attendance is ``part group therapy and part exercise.''
Sharon Matheson, 31, brings along her children: one day last week she toted her 11-month-old baby, Sydney, while pushing 3-year-old Lindsay in a stroller and having Jessica, 9, walking beside her.
``It's only been two weeks and I love it,'' she said. ``I needed some exercise and I couldn't find the time to do it at home so I take my kids to school and come over here every morning.''
The kids enjoy the outing. Other mothers come with little ones young children.
See also: Little in tow, Matheson says.
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A group of highly successful young people engaged in the same profession: "the kind of overnight fame that characterizes the literary brat pack with kids and strollers,'' she said.
Many early walkers are businesspeople, getting in their exercise before work. Many clubs also gather.
About 500 people a month show up for the mall walking mall walking
An activity in which one walks around a shopping mall for exercise. period, which starts four hours before the shops open at 10 a.m.
The mall opened for walkers in June 1992, nine months after opening, with 85 people registering. Eighteen months later that number tripled. About 2,000 people have registered over the past six years.
There's even an Antelope Valley Mall Walkers Club, with some 125 to 140 people turning in mileage sheets at the end of the month for prizes.
To help walkers keep track of their mileage, mall officials measured their track: once around the interior perimeter plus two times around the Oasis Food Court equals one mile.
Every Wednesday workers at St. Jude's Home Health Care provide free blood pressure and pulse readings pulse reading,
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In January there was a lecture on proper warm-up and stretching techniques. This month they will focus on women and heart disease with food tips and brochures on how to read labels, as well as providing a self-assessment test for at-risk women.
``Many friendships have been formed walking around the mall,'' said Kathy Sommer Sommer is a surname, from the German and Danish word for the season "summer".
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The mall's Oasis Food Court entrance for walkers opens at 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. McDonald's and Cinnabon also open at 7 a.m. for the early morning walkers. Mall stores open at 10 a.m.
PHOTO (1--Color) Sharon Matheson, 31, totes Totes (more fully Totes»ISOTONER) is a corporation that sells umbrellas, gloves, rubber rain boots, and other similar accessories. Its headquarters is in Cincinnati, Ohio. 11-month-old Sydney while pushing Lindsay, 3, in a stroller during a mall walk.
(2--3) Lancaster residents Thelma Raney and Loretta Fields, members of the Antelope Valley Mall Walkers, right, get in shape during a recent mall outing while fellow member Tony Mainella of Palmdale, above, piles up the mileage.
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