Residents amass 36,748 kms


LISMORE — More than 100 people combined to complete nearly 37,000 kilometres worth of physical activity during the Lismore Fitness challenge.

Some of the participants gathered on Sunday at the Lismore Hall, where organizer Don Butler officially shared the total of 36,748 kilometres.

The goal was 40,000, or the equivalent of the return distance from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

“It’s been a team effort,” Butler said. “We got to Seoul but we didn’t quite make it back here. We had more than 100 participate so, hopefully, we’re fitter than we were.”

Faye Kinney, one of the captains assisting Butler with the project, quipped that the group got figuratively storm-stayed in Ontario on the way back.

By comparison, the group completed 44,048 kilometres in 2017 during an imaginary trip from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC and back to Charlottetown as a way of celebrating 150 years of Canada’s Confederation.

It was the ninth annual District One Fitness Challenge that officially kicked off on Sunday at the Lismore Hall.

It began in 2010 under the name Lismore Olympics to coincide with the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The group totalled 45,180 kms in 2015-16.

A variety of activities qualify for the challenge. They include walking, jogging, skating, team sports, knitting, rug hooking, exercise bikes, swimming, baking, school sports or any outdoor activities.

Butler pedals on a stationary bike indoors when the weather is less pleasant.

Wilma Burke, 98, accumulates a distance based on how much yarn she knits.

Lismore and area residents of all ages helped accumulate nearly 37,000 kilometres by performing various tasks and physical activities. From left are Josie Baker, Mitchell MacDonald and Wilma Burke. (Goodwin photo)

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