People from across the area convened at Bowie State University on March 10 for a march to raise awareness of the importance of exercise and empowerment for women. More than 25 people, a mixture of students and community members, came out to the event, which took students around the campus on a 100-minute walk, said Christana Oriowo, an Upper Marlboro resident who helped coordinate the event.
“We really just hope this creates awareness in them and they spread the message [that with] 30 minutes of walking, five days a week, you can lead a healthier life,” Oriowo said.
The exercise was done for 100 minutes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman, said the 22-year-old who is majoring in public relations at BSU.
The walk was done in lockstep with the national organization, GirlTrek, which had scheduled a similar walk for the same day in Washington, D.C., Oriowo said. The weekend event marked the first time the campus had held an event to coincide with GirlTrek.
“I thought it was really good considering we had people coming out from the community [to participate],” she said.