While everyone else in town is buzzing about looking for the best pumpkin spice latte and coordinating Halloween costumes, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for the launch of their annual 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge on Friday, November 1.
“With an inventory of nearly 600-miles of trails, we know that our parks and trails are a huge draw for local residents and visitors,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director. “The 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge is a great way to get to know Maricopa County's diverse regional park system and jump-start the outdoor season in Maricopa County.”
While the Challenge initially started out as a Centennial celebration, it has become an annual program. The goal of the program is to log 100 miles in 100 days. Last year, 31 of the 410 individuals that completed the Challenge logged at least 200-miles. And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, one mountain biker logged nearly 1,300-miles!
Collectively, those who completed the Challenge logged 55,281 miles on county trails. To put things into perspective, participants traveled the distance around the circumference of the Earth more than twice.
“The Challenge kicks-off on November 1 each year and we already have more than 600 eager participants registered,” added Cardin.
Knowing that it can be somewhat difficult to stay motivated during the holiday season, the department offers a community page on Facebook. Here, participants can share milestones, find hiking buddies, seek out trail recommendations, post photos, and join in on fun activities. The page is managed by the department’s interpretive rangers who have also developed fitness hikes to help Challenge participants reach their program and personal goals.
To learn more about the Challenge and how you can become eligible for the grand prize drawing of an annual park pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $110), visit www.maricopacountyparks.net/things-to-do/activity/100-miles-in-100-days-challenge/.
The program runs through 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Celebrations to recognize those who complete the Challenge have been scheduled at seven of the County’s regional parks for Saturday, March 7, 2020. In addition, everyone who completes the Challenge will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the celebration.
So lace up your hiking boots or running shoes, dust off the mountain bikes, and saddle up those horses because the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge begins on November 1! For a list of County parks and additional information, visit www.maricopacountyparks.net.