Meet the challenge

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RRMC Walking Loop.

Jaya Davis

Trying to stay healthy is often in the back of everyone’s mind. We often think about eating healthier and getting more exercise. You might think about getting a gym membership, signing up for a race, or just beginning to take some baby steps towards moving more.

Now is the best time to be more active — the weather is getting warmer; the sun is setting later, giving us a sense that there is more time in the day; and the flowers and trees are in full bloom, making everything look more beautiful.

One last chance to sign-up:

If you are looking for some motivation to start moving more, you should register for the 100 miles in 100 days walking challenge! Sign-up by the start date of Friday, June 16. You can get a registration form at your local library or register online at You can even register at the kick-off event if needed.

You’re invited!

The kick-off event will be a fun start to this walking challenge! It will be on Friday, June 16. Join us at the Rutland Regional Medical Center Walking Loop (towards the back end of the hospital, near the parking lot and maintenance building). The Walking Loop is a paved path about a quarter of a mile long. We will walk four laps to make one mile. After each lap you will be given a raffle ticket to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Sensible Shoe to buy new walking shoes! Come and walk at your own pace. We will have music, a lite snack and enjoy each other’s company. You will also receive your own pedometer!

The game plan:

After our first mile walk together, you will be challenged to walk the next days on your own and keep track of your progress in your walking log booklet. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes. Find some good walking music to listen to if you like. Make sure you have sunscreen. Drink plenty of water especially on hot days. Often people carry a water bottle with them. Use the water bottle as a hand weight while you walk.

Decide if you want to walk the same one-mile path each day or mix it up. Be creative and take a new route around town, or check out a walking trail. There are many tools you can use to track your steps/miles. Use your phone to track your steps, a pedometer, or map out the route so you know how long one mile will be. The average person takes about 20 minutes to walk one mile, which is about 2000 steps.

I encourage you to find friends or family to walk with and keep each other motivated. Another idea is to find others in your town who also signed up for the 100 miles in 100 days challenge and walk together as a group. I will be hosting walks throughout the 100 days, so watch for details on group walks in your town.

Join today:

If you are looking for a fun challenge this summer, sign up for 100 miles in 100 days! It is a great way to be healthier!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at or call 802-779-1037.