He doesn’t come equipped with a backup beeper, but that’s not going to stop Terje Munkerud. On May 14 and 16, Munkerud is going to walk backwards to help Japan move forward in its recovery from the devastating earthquakes and tsunami it experienced this spring.
“Walking backwards is great exercise — it’s really good for the calf muscles,” he said last week.
It gets him a lot of strange looks from passing drivers when he’s out for a reverse stroll along Highway 21 near his Fox Tree Hill home, though.
A busy volunteer, he is collecting pledges, promising every cent will go to relief efforts in Japan. Suggesting a pledge of $3 per kilometre, Munkerud hopes to raise several hundreds of dollars while walking on May 14 from 1 p.m. onward and May 16 starting at 6 p.m. He will be walking around the fitness track at the Creston and District Community Complex fitness centre.
Pledges can be made at the Creston Valley Advance office or directly to Munkerud.