The social media trend is bringing people together personally for weekly walks

The social media trend is bringing people together personally for weekly walks

Dozens of feet — and a few paws — hit the sidewalk Wednesday night at La Vista’s Portal Recreation Area. Chatter and laughter are endless throughout the mile and a half loop. You would not know that many of the people on this group hike have never met before. “Everyone is so cool and sincere and kind. And they all come from different backgrounds,” Meagan Potrzeba said. Potrzeba founded the group “Omaha Girls Who Walk”. Originally from South Dakota, Potrzeba moved to Metro last year. “And then I worked from home. I still work from home.” Potrzeba said she was scrolling the social media app TikTok and came across these walking groups in New York and Chicago. She did a quick search and found none in Omaha. So Potrzeba decided to open one himself. “I thought, ‘OK, I’ll just do it. I’ll open the account and see what happens from there.’ And then, yes, I just started. People started following me and coming to the walks,” Potrzeba said. Shana Barr is one of those people. “I moved here in October,” Barr said. Barr relocated from Los Angeles and took his first walk on Wednesday. “It’s a good way to meet people because Omaha Meetup doesn’t really leverage what I usually use for hiking, going for a walk, going to brunch with the girls, or making new friends in a new city. Well, I find that to be the case great,” Barr said. Chelsea Gipson has been in a similar situation and has taken the group for walks on a number of occasions now. “I like it. It’s fun. It’s nice to meet people that I would never meet at work at home,” said Gipson. The walks take place in locations around the subway. And they had groups ranging in size from five to 20 people. Potrzeba coordinates everything on social media – both Instagram and TikTok – and everyone is welcome. “We usually have two to three walks a week. And all you have to do is show up,” she said. On this particular evening, Potrzeba even had cookies for the group after the walk. The whole idea: bringing people together for a walk, a snack, and some new friends. The digital world is doing its part to connect people personally after the walk pandemic. “I met a lot of great people,” said Potrzeba.

Dozens of feet — and a few paws — hit the sidewalk Wednesday night at La Vista’s Portal Recreation Area.

Chatter and laughter are endless throughout the mile and a half loop. You would not know that many of the people on this group hike have never met before.

“Everyone is so cool and genuine and kind. And everyone has a different background,” said Meagan Potrzeba.

Potrzeba founded the group “Omaha Girls Who Walk”.

Originally from South Dakota, Potrzeba made the switch to Subway last year.

“It was the pandemic phase my senior year of college, so I graduated and came to Omaha,” she said. “And then I worked from home. I still work from home.”

Potrzeba said she was scrolling the social media app TikTok and came across these walking groups in New York and Chicago.

She did a quick search and found none in Omaha. So Potrzeba decided to start one himself.

“I thought, ‘OK, I’ll just do it. I’ll open the account and see what happens from there.’ And then, yes, I just started. People started following me and coming to the walks,” Potrzeba said.

Shana Barr is one of those people.

“I moved here in October,” Barr said.

Barr relocated from Los Angeles and went for a walk for the first time on Wednesday.

“It’s a good way to meet people because Omaha Meetup doesn’t really leverage what I usually use for hiking, walking, brunch with the girls, or making new friends in a new city. So I think that’s great,” Barr said.

Chelsea Gipson has been in a similar situation and has now walked with the group on several occasions.

“I like it. It is fun. I work from home so I don’t really know anyone here. I’m not from here. So it’s nice to meet people that I would never meet working from home,” said Gipson.

The walks take place in locations around the subway. And they had groups ranging in size from five to 20 people.

Potrzeba coordinates everything on social media – both Instagram and TikTok – and everyone is welcome.

“We usually do two to three walks a week. And all you have to do is show up,” she said.

On this particular evening, Potrzeba even had cookies for the group after the walk.

The whole idea: Bringing people together for a walk, a snack, and some new friends.

The digital world is doing its part to connect people personally after the pandemic.

“I met a lot of great people,” said Potrzeba.

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