In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Prince Edward County is kicking off a challenge aimed at promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
On Wednesday, the County community centres launched the Commit to Walk to Province House initiative.
The challenge follows the Community Centres’ 2016 Walk Around The County where residents were encouraged to commit to walking the full length of the County’s shorelines – 348 kilometres over a six month period. The challenge is completed by walking the indoor track at the Wellington and District Community Centre.
This year, residents are encouraged to set an even larger goal: to walk the distance from Wellington to Province House in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – the birthplace of Canadian Confederation. The total 1,530 kilometres by the end of 2017.
“The WDCC is a safe, temperature controlled location that is ideal for walking or running in any condition,” said Lisa Lindsay, the County’s Manager of Community Centres and Events Marketing. “But this challenge is not limited to just the WDCC track.”
Wellington resident and walking enthusiast, Ralph Hall participated in the unveiling of the map that outlines the trip to Province House. The map—which will be featured prominently near the indoor track at the WDCC as well as at the Prince Edward Community Centre was created by the County’s Geographic Information Systems team to serve as a visual aid and extra motivation for those participating in the challenge.
Tracy Powers, the owner and operator of Fitness Powers will be providing free instructional clinics at the WDCC over the coming months as part of the initiative. The topics of the Fitness Powers clinics will include “Proper Warm Ups and Stretching,” “Proper Walking Form,” “Preventing Injuries,” and “Walking Shoes and Gear.”
Residents that would like to participate in the challenge can sign up at the WDCC to have their progress tracked and to receive reminders about upcoming fitness clinics. Participants will also get a pamphlet in which they can log their kilometres and track their progress along the way to Province.