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UCM Seeks 50,000-mile Goal in Governor’s “100 Missouri Miles Challenge”

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 22, 2014) – Encouraging university members across the state to enjoy healthy lifestyles and the great outdoors, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has expanded the “100 Missouri Miles Challenge” to include a “Campus Challenge.” The fun, competitive event urges campus members to log miles during the month of September, and the college with the largest percentage of participants will be awarded the 2014 MO Miles Cup.

The governor invites colleges and universities to get involved as a way to promote wellness on their campuses. Challenge levels are based on student enrollment, with a goal set for UCM at 50,000 miles.

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators can participate by recording miles logged through activities such as walking, running, or riding a bike.

Participation is easy. Anyone who wants to take part should do the following:

Individuals are encouraged to get their friends and colleagues on campus involved. Those who are interested can set their own mini-challenges through competitions between student organizations or faculty and staff groups, or by sponsoring group walks, fun runs and other opportunities. The objective is to log miles while also benefitting from physical activity.

The “100 Mile Challenge” was launched by Gov. Nixon in 2013 in celebration of Missouri being named “The Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the nation’s outdoor trails. The “Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge” encourages Missourians to set individual goals of at least 100 miles of physical activity, with a statewide goal of 3 million miles.