LiveWell Colorado kicked off the second annual Get Movin’ Challenge on Thursday, May 1, to encourage Coloradans to use the month of May as a start to making exercise a year-round habit.
New this year is a competition among cities and towns for the title of most active in Colorado. The Summit County towns of Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge will battle it out to see which one can log the most hours of exercise in Summit and will duke it out for the title of most active in Colorado. Calculations will be made by factoring in population, so even the smallest town has a chance to win.
A little trash talking
Leaders from each Summit town weighed in on the challenge and confirmed that the spirit of friendly competition is alive and well.
“I hope everyone in Silverthorne will join us in this healthy competition among our neighbors and friends in Summit and beyond,” said Ryan Hyland, Silverthorne town manager. “Lace up your sneakers, bike shoes or whatever else you have handy.”
“Not only is Colorado an active state, but here in Dillon, our recreational opportunities truly put us one step ahead,” Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns said while heading out on a bike ride around the Dillon Reservoir. “With activities on the reservoir to hiking, biking and, of course, world-class skiing right in our backyard, it’s hard to find a better place to get exercise and do so in such a fun and enjoyable manner.”
Bill Efting, Frisco town manager, said residents of his town clearly embrace all things recreational, citing the Frisco Nordic center, proximity to ski resorts, great trails, water sports and even tubing.
“Don’t laugh — you have to walk to the magic carpet, and hanging onto those tubes takes energy,” Efting said. “And I’ve always thought that we have enough spandex in this town to cover all of Mount Royal. So, considering all of the recreational amenities in Frisco and our well-fortified athletic wardrobes, I think we have a real chance to kick some serious butt in this competition.”
“Not only do we boast a higher elevation, but we also take pride in having a higher standard for active living in the ‘Kingdom’ of Breckenridge,” said Breckenridge Mayor John Warner. “We welcome this challenge.”
How it works
The challenge, which LiveWell Colorado and sponsor Kaiser Permanente kicked off with help from Gov. John Hickenlooper, ends on Friday, May 30. The challenge provides free online tools to encourage Coloradans to make a concerted and collective effort to be active during May. The 2013 challenge attracted more than 8,000 participants statewide. Participants are encouraged to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days.
Colorado’s total amassed minutes will be displayed at getmovinchallenge.org and will demonstrate that the state is the most active in the nation. Participants can be involved for as many days as they like, and all the minutes tracked will contribute to the state’s and to their city’s or town’s accumulated totals. Prizes will be awarded throughout and at the end of the challenge.
Participants sign up at getmovinchallenge.org using their ZIP code and may choose to sign up where they live or work. If participants live or work in unicorporated Summit County, the Get Movin’ website will default to the town associated with the ZIP code entered.
Summit County and Summit towns are encouraging participants of all ages to take part in the challenge, but the Get Movin’ program limits participation to those 14 and older, and only participants 18 and older are eligible for prizes. When signing up, participants will be redirected to mapmyfitness.com, where they will be asked to create an account. MapMyFitness, a mobile app-company based in Denver, allows people to track their fitness activity. Once an account has been created, participants may track their daily 30 minutes of activity on the mapmyfitness site or through one of the company’s many free apps.
After participants create their account, they will need to look for “Join a Challenge” on the right-hand side of the screen and click on “Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge.” On the next page, participants will need to enter a ZIP code and city again. Only after this step will participants be part of the Get Movin’ Challenge.
Participants can sign up at any time during May but are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as they will not be able to backdate workouts and will lose out on some prize eligibility by signing up later.