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Market Street Mile returns following pandemic hiatus

STEUBENVILLE — After a year (and more) of cancellations and closures, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the Market Street Mile.

The event will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday and run and through Oct. 31.

Two sponsors are on board this year, chamber officials explained. Capital Recovery Systems Inc., a sponsor since the Market Street Mile began in 2017, is helping provide water, snacks, and prizes for participants in addition to sunscreen, umbrellas and other amenities that make the walk safe and comfortable.

New this year, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is donating earbuds to each participant that can be used with its “Playaway,”a preloaded audio book that can be borrowed for up to 21 days from any local library branch.

“It’s the perfect way to listen to a book while you enjoy the walk,” commented Jenn Cesta, marketing coordinator for the library. “The Playaway fits in the palm of your hand and can be checked out for free at any library location.”

One lucky participant will win a Playaway donated by the library in a drawing to be held in October.

Here’s how it works: The mile is the exact distance from the chamber offices at 630 Market St. through downtown Steubenville, across the Market Street Bridge and back. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on your stride and speed.

In addition, the chamber hosts walk headquarters where walkers can store their belongings while they walk, and help themselves to a pick-me-up snack, water, and any other necessities they may need from sunscreen to umbrellas.

There is also a sign-in sheet where you log your walks and enter for a chance to win prizes. There is no need to register or sign up and there’s no charge.

Walkers can participate any time during the chamber’s regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. For information, contact the chamber offices at (740) 282-6226 or -mail Hannah Ward, membership and administrative coordinator at Hannah@jeffersoncountychamber.com.

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