Ottawa & Allegan County, lace up your walking shoes & get ready for a free 6-week walking challenge.
Ottawa and Allegan Parks and Recreation and Department of Public Health are teaming up to bring the community another Step it Up! Walking Challenge this spring. Participants will “virtually walk” 240 miles along regional trails in Michigan. The challenge begins on Monday, April 3! Registration is now open- register today!
This free, 6-week program is designed to help participants spring into fitness and get moving after a cold winter. Participants of all fitness levels are invited to join – weekly prizes are available.
Optional group walks will be offered for those interested in getting their weekly steps in with a group while checking out Ottawa & Allegan County Parks (schedule below). Each walk will be led by a naturalist guide. Different pace groups will be available.
Participants will be able to track their individual progress online, including their cumulative steps taken. The Ottawa County GIS Department designed a map to watch progress along the virtual trail. “When you login to track your steps, you’ll be able to see the weekly goal markers and also track your individual progress. It was great to team up with GIS again to create an interactive component,” said Parks spokesperson Jessica VanGinhoven.
Ottawa County will also release its new and improved tracking system for participants that was developed over the winter. “Participants will be able to track their progress on a weekly basis, just like before, but we’ve added the option to track progress daily,” said VanGinhoven. “The tracking program is also mobile-friendly, so you can record your activity from your phone. These changes were made based on participant feedback and should make tracking activity much easier.”
Past participants also enjoyed the program. In a survey following the program walk participants reported:
URL: http://www.miottawa.org/parks/stepitup.htm Registration closes April 10.
Group Walk Schedule
April 8: Pine Bend Park, 10-11 AM
April 8: Outdoor Discovery Center, 10-11 AM
April 13: New Richmond Bridge Park, 10-11 AM
April 13: Rosy Mound Natural Area, 5:30-6:30 PM
April 22: Riley Trails, 10-11 AM
April 22: Bysterveld Park, 10-11 AM
April 27: Grand Ravines (North), 5:30-6:30 PM
May 2: Hemlock Crossing, 5:30-6:30 PM
May 6: Kirk Park, 3-4 PM
May 8: Allegan Sports Complex, 10-11 AM
May 11: Connor Bayou 5:30-7 PM – This walk will be followed by a family-friendly party at the Connor Bayou cabin!
Parks Naturalist, Kelly Morrissey, leads a walking group at Paw Paw County Park in Holland. Last spring, over 800 participants walked 106,609.6 miles – four times around the world!