Pittsboro, NC – Throughout the month of September, Chatham County Parks and Recreation hosted The Chatham County Challenge, a virtual challenge encouraging the community to head outside for some exercise and a little friendly competition. More than 100 community members logged their walking, running, or biking miles, to see who could go the farthest in 30 days.
Bikers were challenged to complete a 100k (62 miles) and runners/walkers were challenged to complete a 50k (31 miles). With a month of outdoor exercise and hard work, just over 50 participants reached those milestones. Thanks to The Chatham County Challenge co-sponsor, Barrs Recreation, a regional playground equipment supplier, all of the participants who completed the challenge will receive a free T-shirt.
Chatham County Parks and Recreation wants to congratulate the top finishers. Donald Trull, of Sanford, finished placed first in the bike challenge, logging 750 miles. Roger Saunders, of Siler City, placed first in the walk challenge, completing 317 miles. Lance Harden, of Moncure, won the run challenge, completing 257 miles.
Beth Goldston, of Sanford, was the only participant to walk, run and bike. She placed second in the bike category. Thanks to The Chatham County Challenge co-sponsor New Horizons, a local outdoor gear and clothing store, Beth was awarded a $25 gift card for her hard work in all three challenges.
“We have heard positive feedback from multiple participants who shared with us that this virtual program was able to really enhance their physical and mental health,” said Parks and Recreation director Tracy Burnett. “Parks and Recreation is so glad to have created something that promotes physical activity and motivation through community engagement. This program was a great success, and we hope to host a similar challenge in the future.”
More information on upcoming events and programs with Chatham County Parks and Recreation can be found at chathamnc.org/parks-recreation or by calling the Parks and Recreation department at 919-545-8555