Fitness walking tours for staff will explore downtown New Haven

Hillhouse Avenue, described by Charles Dickens as “the most beautiful street in America,” is one of the New Haven locales that will be featured in the fitness walking tours.

Staff members will have the opportunity to mingle exercise with urban exploration next month, thanks to The Shops at Yale.

The retail and restaurant group is sponsoring eight fitness walking tours, the first four of which will take place in March. Shana Schneider, a physical education instructor at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, will lead the walks. She will share fun facts and insider tips, and promises to take participants along a few surprising paths and walkways. She will set the pace to at least a 20-minute mile and remain on sidewalks and paved areas. Participants will also receive special gifts and promotions from several local shops after the tour.

The tours will begin at noon from different locations:

  • Thursday, March 8 from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St.
  • Wednesday, March 14 from the Rotunda at the Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.
  • Friday, March 23 from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave.
  • Thursday, March 29 from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St.

Dates of the remaining tours will be announced later.

The tours are free, but registration is required. A minimum of four people must be registered 24 hours prior to the event or the walk may be rescheduled.

The walk, which will take about 45 minutes, will begin and end in the same location. Tours will leave the start location no later than 10 minutes after the start time. In the event of inclement weather, the walk will take place provided the temperature is above 32 degrees and there are no specific warnings to remain off the roads.

For more information, send an email to Schneider.