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Namsan to be host to ‘million- person’ walk

Expatriates in Seoul will have a chance to work-out with celebrities and beauty queens at the 2010 Namsan Million-Person Walking Festival on Sept. 11.

Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the festival starts at 10 a.m. Numerous giveaways will be handed out, and students can sign up to do voluntary organizing.

Hwang Young-jo, who won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, will participate as honorary ambassador along with the contestants from the 2010 Miss South Korea Beauty Pageant.

Participants will walk 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) of trails on Mount Namsan. The departure point is Namsan Park square and walking routes proceed toward Namsan Library and the National Theater of Korea.

The festival is free. On-line registration is advised at www.seoulwalking.or.kr before Sept. 10, and the first 2,500 applicants will receive free T-shirts. Those who complete the course are eligible for such gifts as stomach cancer checkup vouchers, MTB bicycles and the electronic items.

Students can participate as volunteers and will receive official certificates recognizing four hours of voluntary work. Prospective volunteers will work from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, visit the Web site or call (02) 2115-7531.

The Seoul city government is planning walking festivals for disabled people in October and for multicultural families in November.


By Kim Hye-mi [hyemi82@joongang.co.kr]

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