Information from flier and 100missourimiles.com
Everyone is invited to take the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge and hike at Trail of Tears with Gov. Jay Nixon on Oct. 11. Participants should meet at the Sheppard Point Trail Head in Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, Mo. The challenge begins at 4 p.m. Afterward, don’t forget to log your miles – sign up at 100missourimiles.com.
The Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge began on June 1, 2013, encouraging all Missourians to run, walk, bike, paddle, swim or roll their way to 100 miles of physical activity by the end of the year.
As of Oct. 8, 10,385 Missourians have logged 819,144 miles of activity.
In 2013, Missouri was named “Best Trails State” by the American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting our nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails.
The award recognized efforts by federal, state and local agencies as well as private organizations to expand and improve Missouri’s comprehensive recreational trail system, which offers trails for a wide range of interests and abilities, including hikers, backpackers, cyclists, paddlers and equestrians.
Nearly 200 organizations – including schools, cross country teams and fitness clubs – have signed up to take the Challenge as a group, while almost 30 Missouri businesses have implemented the initiative into office wellness programs to promote overall health and physical activity among employees.
Missouri State Parks is also a top-four finalist for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards. The Gold Medal Awards program honors communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning and program development. This recognition is a reflection of the state’s dedication to protecting and preserving Missouri’s natural resources.
The Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge is a partnership with the Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Division of Tourism and the Office of Administration.
For more information and to take the Challenge, visit MO.gov. Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter using #100MoMiles.