As a result of COVID19 precautions, Southwest Health’s free walking club, called Sole Mates, will not be gathering weekly for group walks, yet the group is launching their popular 100 Miles in 100 Days Community Walking Challenge to begin July 1.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the members of this group and spending time outside each week walking Platteville’s trails,” says Sole Mates leader and Southwest Health Director of Marketing and Communications Jaime Collins. “Though group walks would be a health risk, we can still each get out and move each day on our own. Hundreds around our area have participated in the challenge in recent years, and we are delighted to once again be offering this healthy activity for our community.”
Sole Mates is a free community walking club and their 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge is free-of-charge, too. Says Collins, “The beauty of this challenge is that although you get to do it all when and how you want, we also do it together as a community. You can walk five miles a day or one mile a day. You can walk fast or slow. You can walk on the trails or around your block. It’s all up to you.”
Current members of Sole Mates will be automatically entered into the 2020 challenge, and new members can join anytime. Visit southwesthealth.org/walk to register, or sign up by phone at 608-342-4779. Registered Sole Mates participants will receive via email a form on which to log the miles they walk. They may also pick up a paper copy at the reception desk at either Southwest Health’s main (blue) entrance or clinic (gold) entrance.
Those completing the 100 miles by October 8th, 2020 will be awarded a special edition 100 Mile Challenge water bottle. “The water bottle is a little prize we offer for completing our community walking challenge,” says Collins. “But there are far bigger prizes, too, that each one of us receives. Those include the years we add to our life from walking consistently as well as the life we add to our years. And that’s why the 100 Mile Challenge is all on the honor system,” she insists. “Because the only way any of us really wins in this challenge is to simply get outside and walk.”
Details are available at southwesthealth.org/walk. Or call 608-342-4779 with questions.