The Township of Uxbridge is offering a physical activity challenge as part of...

the programming to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Whether you like to walk, run, cycle, or swim there is an Active150 Challenge for you.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering several different challenges; there is sure to be one for every interest.  Residents can choose to walk 150kms, cycle 1,500kms, run 500 kms, or swim 50kms. A modified challenge of 50kms is available for residents with mobility challenges who wish to participate. The intent of the program is to encourage residents to make a commitment to a physical activity for one hour, 50 times in a 5 month period. With this in mind, there is also an Active150 Challenge for completing 50 Aquafit Classes. Residents are encouraged to speak to the Recreation Department if they have an idea to customize a Challenge to suit a particular interest.

The challenge must be completed between February 1st and July 1st and those who complete a challenge will be recognized at the Canada Day Celebration in Elgin Park on Saturday July 1st.

The program was conceived in early 2016 to encouraging active-living and was inspired by the local network of trails. Amanda Ferraro, Manager of Recreation, Culture and Tourism was part of the group that originally developed the program. “We really wanted to find a way to combine our trails and the 150th Anniversary celebration, and it seemed natural to create a program that encouraged people to get out and use our trails”. But then we thought, why limit it to walking on trails? Why not involve cyclists, swimmers or those who have mobility issues? That is when we expanded the program to what it is today.” Involving persons who experience physical barriers to fitness activities and youth is also a priority of the project.

In addition to over 220 kms of trails, the Township of Uxbridge has an accessible trail in Elgin Park, and an indoor walking trail that operates between November 1st and April 26th at Uxbridge Secondary School.

The project is partially funded by an Ontario150 grant. The provincial government is supporting initiatives across the province that celebrate Ontario’s 150th year as part of Canada.

Individuals can sign on for a challenge by completing a registration form and tracking their progress against their goal. Paper tracking sheets or on-line tracking apps are both acceptable means of demonstrating that you have achieved your goal. Registration forms and tracking tools can be picked up at Uxpool, the Township Offices, or the Library after January 30th or you can fill one out here.

For more information contact [email protected] or call 905 852 7831.