Diana Roberts on supporting EverWalk with Diana Nyad
Ever Walk is a new initiative that aims to get America walking. The founders Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll are aiming to create a nation of walkers because they say that “sitting is the new smoking” and over decades we have become one of the most sedentary societies on earth.
Founder Diana Nyad knows her fair share of obstacles and she pushes every day to overcome them. On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming 111 miles in fifty-three hours from Havana to Key West. This new movement of walking across the US is aimed at sparking a revolution for millions of people. It started in Los Angeles last weekend and Diana Roberts (Owner of Pier to Pier Brokers) was there to join Diana Nyad on the start of this incredible journey.
How did you find out about the EverWalk?
I first heard of Diana Nyad through an interview I watched with Brian Buffini. It was a very inspiring story and she is great at motivating people. So I read her book right away and finished it in a week, it was so fascinating. Then I started following her career online and I mentioned her to a friend and we decided to join the Ever Walk.
Where all did you walk?
We walked from Santa Monica Civic Center through Venice and Playa Del Rey, all the way down to Redondo Beach. It was 20.1 miles and it took us from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, so 6 hours. Diana Nyad walked with us and was chatting and having a good time the whole way. You can see just feel how strong and focused she is when you see her in action.
Why do you support her movement?
Being from Europe it was a totally different lifestyle when I first moved here. In Europe, everyone walks or bikes because everything you need is in walking distance, it's just a way of life there. When I first came to the US I fell in love with the beach communities of Los Angeles because there were so many people who were into health and fitness, that I was immediately attracted to the area.
I think it's very terrifying that there is so much obesity in the US and we need to physically make an effort together to change.
Anything you want to say to someone thinking about joining the EverWalk moment?
I think if you want to meet her and you want to have a fun day with people who are like-minded and funky, then definitely do it. It’s not like doing a marathon that takes thousands of people, its more of an intimate group and hopefully it grows and the message keeps growing as well.
Also, I would tell people to join this movement because you see things in your city which you have never seen before. I got to walk on streets that I have never walked on and it gave me a new perspective on the city that I love.
For more info on joining EverWalk or to see more about this movement visit their website here.