Maricopa County Parks challenge participants to trek hundreds of miles

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will launch its annual 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge on Friday, November 1. The goal of the program is to log 100 miles in 100 days on county trails.

“The 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge is a great way to get to get to know our diverse regional park system and jump-start the outdoor season in Maricopa County,” Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director, R.J. Cardin said.

While the Challenge initially started out as an Arizona centennial celebration, it has become an annual program.

Last year, 31 of the 410 individuals that completed the Challenge logged at least 200 miles. If that wasn’t impressive enough, one mountain biker logged nearly 1,300-miles, according to the parks department.

Pictured: Views from the Cave Creek Regional Park, which is a part of the county’s trail system and the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge. (Photos by Tara Alatorre)

“With an inventory of nearly 600 miles of trails, we know that our parks and trails are a huge draw for residents and visitors,” Cardin said.

Collectively, those who completed the Challenge logged 55,281 miles on county trails. To put things into perspective, participants traveled the distance around the circumference of the Earth more than twice.

“The Challenge kicks-off on November 1, and we already have more than 600 eager participants registered,” added Cardin.

Knowing that it can be somewhat difficult to stay motivated during the holiday season, the department offers a community page on Facebook.  Here, participants can share milestones, find hiking buddies, seek out trail recommendations, post photos and join in on fun activities.

The social media  page is managed by the department’s interpretive rangers who have also developed fitness hikes to help participants reach their program and personal goals.

The program runs through 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Celebrations to recognize those who complete the Challenge have been scheduled at seven of the County’s regional parks for Saturday, March 7, 2020.

The Go John Trail at the Cave Creek Regional Park.

In addition, everyone who completes the challenge will receive a limited edition shirt at the celebration.  Participants are also eligible for a grand prize drawing of an annual park pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher.

So lace up your hiking boots or running shoes, dust off the mountain bikes, and saddle up those horses because the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge begins soon.

To learn more about the hiking challenge and how you can become eligible for the grand prize drawing visit: https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/things-to-do/activity/100-miles-in-100-days-challenge/.  For a list of County parks and additional information, visit maricopacountyparks.net.