The social media trend brings people together for weekly walks

Dozens of feet — and a few paws — hit the pavement at La Vista’s Portal Recreation Area Wednesday night. The murmurs and laughter are endless during the mile and a half. You wouldn’t know that many of the people on this group walk have never met before. “Everyone is so cool, genuine and kind. And they all come from different backgrounds,” Megan Potzeba said. Potrzeba started the Omaha Girls Who Walk group. Originally from South Dakota, Potrzeba moved to the metro area last year. “It was the pandemic phase last year in college, so then I graduated and came to Omaha,” she said. “And then I was working from home. I’m still working from home.” Potrzeba said she was scrolling through the social media app TikTok and came across these walking groups in New York and Chicago. She did a quick search and didn’t see one in Omaha. So Potrzeba decided to start one herself.” I was like, “OK, I’ll just do it. I’m going to start the account and see what happens from there.’ And then, yeah, I just started it. People started following me and showing up on walks,” Potrzeba said. Shana Barr is one of those people. “I moved here in October,” Barr said. Barr moved from Los Angeles and came to walk for the first time on Wednesday. “It’s a good way to meet people because Omaha doesn’t really use Meetup, which I usually use to go on hikes, walks, have lunch 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 already walked with the group a few times. “I like it. It’s fun. I work from home so I don’t know nobody here. I’m not from here. So it’s nice to meet people I would never meet working at home,” Gipson said. The walks are held at locations around the metro area. And they have group sizes from five people to 20. 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 night, Potrzeba even had post-walk cookies for the group. The whole idea: bringing people together for a walk, a snack and new friends. The digital world playing its part to help connect people in person after a pandemic. “I met a lot of great people,” Potrzeba said.

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

The murmurs and laughter are endless during the mile and a half. You wouldn’t know that many of the people on this group walk have never met before.

“Everyone is so cool, genuine and kind. And they all come from different backgrounds,” Megan Potzeba said.

Potrzeba created the group “Omaha Girls Who Walk”.

Originally from South Dakota, Potrzeba moved to the metro area last year.

“It was the pandemic phase last year in college, so then I graduated and came to Omaha,” she said. “And then I was working from home. I still work from home.”

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

She did a quick search and didn’t see one in Omaha. So, Potzeba decided to start one herself.

“I was like, ‘OK, I’m just going to do it. I’m going to start the account and see what happens from there.’ And then, yeah, I just started it. People started following me and showing up for walks,” Potrzeba said.

Shana Barr is one of those people.

“I moved here in October,” Barr said.

Barr moved from Los Angeles and came to walk for the first time on Wednesday.

“It’s a good way to meet people because Omaha doesn’t really use Meetup, which I usually use to go on hikes, walks, have lunch with the girls, or make new friends in a new city. So I think that’s great,” Barr said.

Chelsea Gipson was in a similar situation and had already walked with the group several times.

“I like it. It’s 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 at home,” Gipson said.

Walks take place at locations around the metro. And they’ve had groups ranging in size from five people to 20.

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 night, Potrzeba even had cookies after the walk for the group.

The whole idea: gathering people for a walk, a snack and new friends.

The digital world doing its part to help connect people in person after the pandemic.

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

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