and carrying water bottles, were led up the hill, at first, by the
Montebello High School band.
"We had a fantastic turnout," said Tamar Young, regional coordinator
for the association. "It's a great boost for MDA, and it's wonderful to
see so many people come out to support their families."
Mothers pushed strollers, teenagers chatted along the way and some
participants jogged ahead as the walk got started.
A series of booths -- including those of sponsors Ralphs, Food-4-Less,
Jamba Juice, Monster.com and Adelphia -- had refreshments and games
waiting for the walkers at the finish line.
After about an hour, the first walkers returned, sweating, thirsty and
eager for food.
The Adame family, from Downey, has been participating in the 5K walk
for the last three years but still found it a difficult workout in the
"We actually do it for the exercise," said Hector Adame, 27, who
participated in the walk with wife Ana, 31, and son Tony, 10.
"My favorite part of the walk is when we finished," Adame joked.
Encino resident Heather Glick, 17, decided to spend her last day
before heading to the dorms at USC participating in the walk with her
"I love the feeling that I get at the finish line," she said. "I feel
like I helped out."
Walkers either participated in teams or were sponsored by teams. Each
team raised a minimum of $100 for the association, which will benefit
research for neuromuscular diseases like Muscular Dystrophy.