1,000 Mile Club promotes healthier lifestyle | Local News


The Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation’s 1,000 Mile Club is back for year two.

The goal of the club, which was started in January 2020, is to promote a healthier lifestyle by encouraging members to get out and move about the community.

“We wanted to do a health initiative for the community,” Assistant Program Coordinator Travis Wells said. “The idea is 1,000 miles of activity, whatever that looks like – running, swimming, walking, biking. We’ve had people do all of those or a combination of all of those.”

Biking and swimming have different ratios in regard to mileage. Cycling miles will be tracked on a 3:1 ratio, meaning 3,000 miles of cycling equals 1,000 miles. Swimming is tracked on a 1:3 ratio.

To track miles, Wells said they have a 1,000 Mile Club group on the Strava App.

For the first year, Wells said they had nearly 50 people sign up. Of those, 19 people reached 1,000 miles or more.

“That is exponentially greater than I anticipated,” he said, adding he wants to see even more reach 1,000 in 2021. Miles restart each January.

Prizes are awarded to members when they reach 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 miles.

To get involved, residents can sign up at etownrec.activityreg.com or go to Pritchard Community Center to fill out a registration form. The cost to join is $25.

Because of COVID-19, the club in 2020 was not able to meet in person with structured events. Wells said hopefully they’ll be able to do more this year, such as participating in a 5K.

Aside from the 1,000 Mile Club, Parks and Recreation has several other programs on tap for 2021. Some of the upcoming programs include, 3-on-3 basketball, Gorilla Grams, driftwood carving class, and a foot golf tournament at American Legion Golf Course. Summer camp is also listed on the schedule.

For more information, go to etownrec.activityreg.com or call 270-765-5551. Wells said sign up for most programs opens a month prior.

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