It’s going to take more than a 100-plus degree heat index to keep Joann Jaqua and Annette Roth from their daily walk.
So, even in the sweltering heat — the kind that wilts flowers, worries the heck out of moms and dads, and prompts those “heat advisory warnings” from the weather guys — you’ll find them putting in their four miles. And they rarely miss a day.
“People do say we’re crazy,” Jaqua joked.
A little after lunchtime Monday, when temperature gauges on bank clocks were flirting with the century mark, Jaqua and Roth were sweating. Water bottles in hand, they hoofed down Warren Street, ending yet another walk that takes them out Balcerzak, over to Glenwood, down to the Cherry Ridge Apartments and then back up to campus.
It’s a lunch-hour tradition. Jaqua has been doing it for 20 years. Roth has joined her for the last four.
“I walked the day Korey Stringer died,” Jaqua said.
Stringer, a member of the Minnesota Vikings, died during training camp after practicing during a day much like Monday, and much like it looks to be all week.
Forecasters say the heat index was heading for 115 Monday and could stick around through most of the week in Minnesota. Several lanes of Interstate 94 in Minneapolis are closed because of pavement buckling. Swimming pools are busy, water bottles are everywhere and it’s just plain hot.
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