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Under Gov. Nixon’s recent launch of the “ 100 Missouri Miles Challenge,” residents are encouraged to make use of local trail by walking, running, or even paddling 100 miles by the end of the year. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers tells us how residents in the Ozarks are taking advantage.
Near Springfield’s Jordan Valley Trail, children are running and splashing around the fountain. Whether they know it or not, these youth are on their way to meeting the Governor’s challenge before the new year.
Natasha Bieler and her friend Na’Tasha Bailey are confident they have the locally to fulfill the goal.
“I have three kids so I probably walk a lot more than the average person,” Bieler said.
“When you see it in front of you, then you are more apt to go and walk the trail. The smaller towns; they don’t have it. So you are more likely to sit on the couch and watch TV,” said Bailey.
The U.S. Department of the interior has designated more than 500 miles of National Recreation Trails within Missouri State Parks. The state has announced that 18 million guest visited their parks and trails this year, which comes just weeks after Missouri’s designation as Best Trails State by American Trails, a national non-profit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking, and riding trails.
Dr. Lance Luria is the vice president of Mercy Health and Wellness. He says that this goal is extremely realistic, insisting this is just a starting point.
“In fact, if you don’t do it, there is probably something wrong with you. I mean, at 10,000 steps a day, which is what’s recommended, it’s about five miles a day. So, even if you did about half of that over seven months, it should be pretty easy to do. And that’s not counting really recreational activities or other things. So it’s really a minimum,” Luria Said.
The challenge began on June 1st. Missourians who are interested in taking the challenge can register themselves and track their progress alongside the Governor’s and First Lady’s. So far, the Governor has been active for 29.7 miles while his wife has already completed 49.2.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers