Royal Oak Mayor’s 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Program Starts April 15

Royal Oak Mayor’s 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Program Starts April 15

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Mayor Michael Fournier and the Royal Oak City Commission are encouraging individuals and families to lead healthier lifestyles with a 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge that begins on April 15, 2017 in Royal Oak.

“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.

Why Walk?
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

Self-Guided Maps

Explore Art Walking Adventure

History Walking Adventure

Nature Walking Adventure

Park Walking Adventure

“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

Community Walks
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 Runsand 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.

Notify Me
The 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge begins on April 15, 2017 and ends June 3, 2017.  

Sign up for updates on the 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge, by text or email, here.

Meet Romi
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!

Track Your Miles

Participants can track their miles at SuperTracker.usda.gov/join and enter the access code: 0H61-OPJ3.

If you don’t want to use the online SuperTracker, you can download a printable walking log here.

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