The fun-filled fitness event for seniors returns to Lloyd Hall on October 11!

This heart-healthy event has welcomed walkers of all levels since 2013. Led by the Mummers, adults over 60 years old stroll one mile along Kelly Drive in East Fairmount Park, starting at Lloyd Hall. The walk along the scenic river path, accompanied by the Mummers’ peppy tunes, shows folks of all ages that exercise can be fun!

Barbara Gillette, the Older Adult Services Director for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is especially excited for this year’s Senior Strut. I interviewed her to learn more about the tradition.

What should seniors expect at the event?
Information on resources that are relevant to their well-being, entertainment, line dancing, snacks, socializing, and lots and lots of fun!

What’s your favorite part of Senior Strut? 
The walk down Kelly Drive with the Mummers leading the way. They entertain and mingle with the seniors.

What do the seniors enjoy most?
It is a toss-up between the impromptu line dancing that occurs first thing in the morning, and being led by the Mummers down Kelly Drive.

Please describe the impact of the event.
The Senior Strut is important to the community because:

  • It is a way for seniors from all over the city to come together in unity.
  • They’re being motivated and reminded to maintain healthy lifestyles.
  • They’re getting reacquainted with old friends and forming new friendships.
  • They are familiarizing themselves with one of the resources in their city, in a setting that they feel is safe for them to do so.
  • The camaraderie amongst the seniors is amazing!

Event details

In addition to the walk, the event features:

  • free t-shirts for walkers
  • nutritious snacks
  • a wide range of wellness activities, including free screenings and flu shots
  • demonstration stage with exercise-related activities
  • music by DJ Patty Pat.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$5 tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or tickets, call 215-765-9000, ext. 5055, or purchase tickets online.

Presented by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).

Older adult centers host many fun events and provide useful resources for seniors.