Comcast Arena at Everett is now opening its concourse for walkers on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Comcast staff members are planning a kickoff event to celebrate at 9 a.m. Monday at the arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave.
Enter through the Comcast Community Ice Rink, off Broadway.
"The health benefits are enormous, and we're thrilled to provide a comfortable and safe atmosphere," said Kim Bedier, general manager of Global Spectrum, the company that runs the arena.
Premier athletic trainer Jordan James plans to lead a quick stretching session.
Other experts will be on hand to offer nutritional advice, injury screenings and shoe recommendations -- all free. There also will be free coffee, water bottles and T-shirts.
The concourse will be open most Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Entrance is free. Five laps equal a mile. There's a flight of stairs to run up and down if walking isn't enough of a calorie burner.
A few other particulars: The concourse won't be open on holidays and once in a while when major events occur. The only animals allowed in are service animals.
For more information, see www.comcastarenaeverett.com.
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