WAC Magazine

September 2013

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Strength in Written By DIANe MAPes Photogra PhotograPhy By LUKe rUTAN Numbers If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. oLD AFrICAN ProverB W hen Joe Covey joined the WAC in 2011, "It's a good way to have fun conversations with he was hoping to build new connections people," Joe says about spending time together on and keep fit. Two years later, Joe is helping the trail. So far he's led a handful of hikes, including others do the same thing via a new Hiking Club. to Little Si, Rattlesnake Ledge, and other spots Almost 50 people attended the group's first function, usually within 30 minutes of the WAC Clubhouse. an informal social in Hagerty's. Along with being WAC Although the goal of the group is primarily to share members, they had something else in common—they in the glory of the great outdoors, Joe says social were all interested in hitting the trails. seeds are sprouting. Joe recalls members from their 20s to 70s chatting "People from all walks of life get an opportunity about a shared passion and enjoying each other's to talk to other types of people," he says. "We had company. When it came time for someone to this really cute couple in their 70s, and they'd literally volunteer to lead a monthly hike on Saturdays, Joe hiked all over the globe. Everybody was just glowing raised his hand. after hearing their stories." SEPTEMBER 2013 | Washington Athletic Club Magazine | 27

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