50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge
"One of the things Royal Oak has in common with the most vibrant cities in the world is that it's very walkable," said Mayor Fournier. "This spring, I am asking you to 'step it up' and experience all of the exciting things Royal Oak has to offer on foot."
Self-guided walking adventure maps, community walks and a token gift for participants are all in the works.
The goals of the challenge are:
- Encourage urban activities that explore art, history and nature and highlight Royal Oak as a walkable community
- Foster a sense of community around health and wellness activities
- Instill the idea that participation in healthful activities is fun and easily incorporated into a daily routine
"Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment."
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Join the mayor and explore public art and Royal Oak's amazing network of parks. Community walks are your opportunity to get outdoors and walk and talk with your elected officials.
- The community walks will take place on May 11 and June 1.
- Walks begin at 6 p.m.
- Community walk participants will receive a complimentary Royal Oak reflector ID tag courtesy of Ultimate Fun Runs and the Royal Oak Community Coalition. (See right.) We'll also be raffling off Royal Oak T-Shirts and book bags!
- More details coming soon!
Oakland County Parks & Trails
Don't limit your walking activity to Royal Oak. Oakland County's parks and trails offer heart-healthy activities that encourage family communication and offer opportunities for outdoor learning.
Learn more about the county's network of trails and pathways.
The 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge begins on April 15,
Sign up for updates on the 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge, by text or email, here.
Romi, a perky rescue dog, is Royal Oak's new adorable mascot. He was chosen because he loves to go for walks and, well, he sort of looks like the map of Royal Oak. Romi will be joining the mayor on the community walks so please stop by and meet him!
Surprises, Giveaways & Rewards
The real reward of this challenge is a healthier you! That said, we know that it doesn't hurt to offer a few perks.
Walk 50 Miles
Everyone that walks 50 Miles will receive a water bottle courtesy of Ultimate Fun Runs and the Royal Oak Community Coalition.
Everyone that participates in a community walk will receive a reflector ID tag for your pet, (Also suitable for coat zippers, backpacks and key chains.)