Yukon to ‘Walk the Route’ throughout June

Month-long campaign helps Alzheimer’s Association; community walk June 30

Walkers traverse Route 66 in Yukon for Walk the Route in June 2021 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma. Yukon 66 Main Street is sponsoring a month-long campaign this June to promote brain health. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Walkers are encouraged to traverse Route 66 in Yukon during a month-long awareness campaign to promote brain health.

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma, Yukon’s Walk the Route will be June 1-30 along Main Street.

The Yukon 66 Main Street Association is partnering in “The Longest Day,” a fundraising event to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The public is invited to walk once during, once or week or daily at their own pace and time in June.

People are welcome to walk alone, with their dogs, friends and family – or even co-workers during lunch.

The campaign will conclude at 9 a.m. Friday, June 30 with a community walk that starts at 528 W Main. Walkers should meet at the Yukon Sunset mural after the weekly Yukon Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee hosted by Yukon Main Street.

“Donations are not required to join our team and/or participate in the walk,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said. “Wear your purple, bring your friends and let’s support a worthy cause!”

Participating in Yukon’s last Walk the Route in June 2021 on Main Street are, from left, Angel Soriano, Lynn Soriano and Jay Emory. Walkers are being recruited for a month-long awareness campaign benefitting the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. (Photo provided)


Yukon’s Walk the Route will be nine days after the official longest day of the year – the day with the most light. This is known as the summer solstice, which falls this year on June 21.

Yukon Main Street Board President Kay Casper volunteers for Walk the Route Yukon, part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” campaign. (Photo provided)

Thousands of participants from across the world will come together that day to “fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s” through an activity of their choice, said Karly McNeill, the Longest Day manager for the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Together, they use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association,” McNeill added.

The Oklahoma chapter has set a goal to raise $125,000 this year – and Yukon’s Walk the Route will be a large part of that, organizers said.

Donations of any amount to support Yukon Main Street’s Walk the Route team are encouraged.

T-shirts will be provided to those donating $20 or more; order deadline is June 12 to ensure delivery by the June 30 community walk.

Today, an estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including more than 5 million Americans.

In the United States alone, 16 million friends and family members are providing their care.

Davis and McNeill are urging Yukon-area citizens to “stand up to the darkness” of Alzheimer’s by making a monetary gift to help the Alzheimer’s Association support those facing this disease.

All funds raised directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma.

Anyone interested in participating or supporting Walk the Route and The Longest Day should call (405) 350-5999 or visit www.yukon66mainstreet.com

Local citizens and business leaders gather on Main Street Yukon for Walk the Route, a fund-raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Walkers are encouraged to walk anytime in June and participate in a community walk June 30 starting at 528 W Main. (Photo provided)