Mall walker walks over 10,000 miles

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A 76-year-old man just walked his 10,000th mile - and every step was taken at the Columbia Center Mall.

If you have ever gone shopping in the Columbia Center Mall, chances are you passed Fred Edward, or Fred has passed you.

"Any place I go to, I walk, but this is my primary place; this is my home court," said Fred.

He's not there to shop. He goes to the mall to get healthy.

"I'm in better shape today than I was 30 years ago," he said.

Fred once took several medications and suffered from high blood pressure. He was told to walk more, and he took that advice to heart.

"Now these medications have gone away, thanks to walking, and I did some yoga also," he said.

Fred is 76 years old and walks six days a week, at least five miles every morning.

"When I'm trying to encourage a friend or support a friend, I'll come back in the afternoon," he added.

Each lap around the mall is about a mile, which means he's passed these stores more than 10,000 times.

"I want to really walk my first two or three laps in the morning for speed and get my heart rate up, and then I slow down with some of my slower friends, and we walk and socialize," Fred said.

It comes easily, because Fred is also one of the friendliest guys you will ever meet. He says he can't even count the number of tennis shoes he has gone through or the number of friends he's added, but he says the food court has never gotten the best of him.

"Some sort of celebration as we've had recently, then I will stop and eat, but usually I'll keep going," said Fred.

You can walk the mall for free and even sign up to log your miles, like Fred. It's a program sponsored by Kadlec called Healthy Ages. You can get prizes when you hit certain milestones.

The mall opens to walkers at 7:30 a.m.