Mayor Barrett Kicks off Year Two of Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days
June 1, 2015
Monday, June 1, Mayor Barrett officially kicked off the second year of his Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge, a citywide effort to encourage people of all ages to add physical activity to their daily routines.
In 2014, the Mayor started his walking initiative after statistics showed nearly half of Milwaukee residents don’t get the recommended daily amount of physical activity. The movement started with a walk at City Hall but quickly expanded across the city. Walks were held in neighborhoods including Sherman Park, Westlawn, Cooper Park, Enderis Park and Jackson Park among others.
Local leaders and organizations also rallied behind the Mayor’s effort. Many of Milwaukee’s aldermen hosted walks in their districts with different neighborhood groups, while businesses such as MGIC and Froedtert hosted walks with their employees. Other organizations including the Urban Ecology Centers, Summerfest and the Wisconsin Humane Society hosted walks open to the public.
“Last year Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days was a great way to have residents get up and active while seeing different parts of our city,” said Barrett. “This year I want things to be bigger and better. I’m challenging Milwaukee to walk 50,000 miles this summer, almost double last year’s total. I encourage everyone to visit the website, register and start tracking their miles.
In the program’s first year participants logged more than 26,000 miles, and this year Mayor Barrett has his sights set on a higher goal. Residents can join the movement and sign up to track their miles by visiting www.milwuakee.gov/walk100.
Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days began its second year with a walk downtown. The YMCA led brief warm-up exercises and raffle prizes were given away before Mayor Barrett led a walk around the Northwestern Mutual construction site.
Mayor Barrett also announced anyone who registers for an account and logs five miles by the end of Friday, June 5, will be automatically entered into a prize drawing.
For more information on the Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days program, including upcoming events and prize giveaways, please visit Walk 100 website.