The 2018-19 Fitness Challenge has set a goal of 40,000 kilometres to get participants to Europe and back to honour the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.
Members officially began the trip on Sunday with a walk from Lismore Hall to the beach and back. The challenge will end on February 10 at 2 p.m. when the distance total will be officially tallied.
“It is hard to believe we are heading into our tenth annual Fitness Challenge,” organizer Don Butler said. “What started as a modest goal to accumulate 6,000 km — enough to get us to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver — now sees us setting a goal of 40,000 kms to get us to Europe and back to honour the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.”
The number of participants has increased every year to more than 100 people taking part last year from every corner of District I, Butler said.
“We are looking for even greater numbers this year,” he said. “We want people to be more physically active at a time of the year when it is easy to stay bundled up indoors, close to the fire. Together, we can achieve great things and be healthier, both mentally and physically, because of participating. ”
A seemingly limitless variety of options are available to accumulate the equivalent distance to reach the group’s goal. Each hour of physical activity equals five kilometres, and examples include school sports, rug hooking, art classes and knitting.
“For those who walk, jog or run, every kilometre you cover equals one kilometre on your log sheet,” Butler said. “For aerobic activities (yoga, swimming, basketball, hockey, etc) one hour equals five kilometers.”
Those taking part will be contacted periodically to help group leaders tabulate their totals. They include Faye Kinney (926-2617), Lorna Cameron (926-2929), Joan MacGillivary (926-2628), Mitchell MacDonald (752-2702), Don Butler (926-2589). Donna MacLean (922-2438).
Several group events have been planned beyond individual activity. They include a Beaver Mountain Hiking Trail walk starting at 9:30 a.m. on December 8, skating and walking at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 4 p.m. on December 8 and bowling from 2 to 4 p.m. on January 6 at Heather Lanes.
Fitness Challenge participants officially begin compiling kilometres toward their goal of completing 40,000 kms by Feb. 10, 2019. (Goodwin photo)