Muskegon Families Encouraged to Walk for Chance to Stay in a Yurt

If you live in Muskegon County, you’ll want to check out a new eight-week generational walking challenge that starts Monday. A kickoff event is planned for 5-7 p.m. at the Snug Harbor Day Use Area of Muskegon State Park.

Teams of up to seven people can sign up for the walking challenge at the event, then check out fitness presentations, receive free health screenings from the Health Project, and learn more about local trails and parks where they can walk.

“This short-term commitment can have a lifetime of benefits, and it all starts with the first step,” said Ann Conklin, chief operating officer for Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA).

Registration for the challenge is also available by emailing [email protected]. All registered participants will receive a form to track their activity during the challenge.

Muskegon State Park will host a weekly walk on Mondays at 6 p.m. (meeting at Snug Harbor) to help participants complete their walking goals. The generational walking challenge also encourages people to get out to local parks and trails and get active with running, bicycling and more.

At the end of eight weeks, participants can turn in their activity tracking form for a chance to win prizes. The grand prize for the family or group that logs the most minutes of activity is a two-night stay at Muskegon State Park’s Yurt (limit 7 people per team). P.J. Hoffmaster State Park will host a completion celebration on Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. Completion celebration attendees can also get information about other active living opportunities and resources in Muskegon and around Michigan.

“This event not only gets people active, but it’s also a chance to spend time with loved ones,” said Elissa Buck, recreation programmer for Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “It’s a great way for residents to explore Michigan’s parks and trails with their family and friends, and maybe start a new family activity tradition.”

The program is funded by MRPA’s Active Living Grant, in partnership with the Michigan DNR. Other partners include the Health Project, EcoTrek Fitness and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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