BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s bright & early – 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Sisson and 27th at the height of the pandemic. You’d think it was 4 pm, it’s so loud.
An Earth Wind & Fire album is blaring while walkers pass the entrance in sweatshirts and hoodies. They’ve been doing this 52 weeks in a row.READ MORE: People In Baltimore Protest In Solidarity, Mourning Daunte Wright's Death After He Was Fatally Shot By Police During Traffic Stop In Minnesota
Chauncey Whitehead, decked out in an all black matching jumpsuit, leads the way. He’s a local fitness trainer leading the way through Druid Hill Park for “The Corona Walk.”
“Set your GPS & monitors – Whatever you got,” he yells out on a megaphone.
“I decided to come out here and walk because like everyone else, I was confused,” he said.
Everyone was. Some still are.
“The next thing you know, a couple of people joined me and it became a mandatory Sunday relaxation walk.”READ MORE: Pause In Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Could Delay Maryland's Goals As Baltimore City Emerges As Potential New Hotspot
Three miles. They’re still here, 50 walkers deep.
“Gyms closed down. He brought the gym out here,” says one of them.
“Mile 1 Shareen, let’s go!” can be heard off into the distance at the beginning of the walk. But why? For unity.
“By walking, you’ll get to know your neighbors. My mantra is a community that walks together talks together,” he said.
A half marathon and year later, the steps aren’t stopping anytime soon.
“I plan on continuing this until I can’t walk anymore,” Whitehead said.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Are You Eligible For A Plus-Up Payment?
Local big names are included among those walkers like Sheila Dixon and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.