USC Upstate News

Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days Employee Fitness Challenge Kicks Off Monday

01- 12- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Many new year’s resolutions to exercise and get fit are abandoned just weeks after the start of the new year. At the University of South Carolina Upstate, however, over 150 employees and their family members will carry though on their resolutions by accepting the challenge to walk 100 miles in a 100 day period.

The kick off for this first annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days! event is set for Monday, January 12 at 12 p.m. at the front entrance to the Health Education Complex on North Campus Blvd. Twenty three teams, made up of 157 employees and some family members, have signed up to participate in this fitness challenge. Registrants at the kick off event will receive a Spartans water bottle, a pedometer and will take part in the ceremonial first lap around the building, led by Mark Ritter, director of USC Upstate’s Wellness Center.

“We are thrilled that so many people have signed up for this fitness challenge, especially since this is the first year for the event on the Upstate campus,” says Ritter, adding “the buzz generated and the energy among employees before the start has been encouraging and exciting.”

Each team member has 15 weeks to complete 100 miles of walking, with a maximum of 12 miles per week to be logged. Employees have formed their own teams and will record and post online individual mileage on a weekly basis, which will accumulate and serve to foster motivation and healthy competition between the teams. Miles do not have to be logged on campus. In fact, one participant, a relative of a USC Upstate employee, will be logging miles from his home in California. Participants also have a chart of other cardiovascular activities and sports that can be performed to equate to wellness miles.

Each team member who completes the 100 miles by April 21 will receive a commemorative t-shirt, and if all team members complete 100 miles, they will be entered in the drawing for a grand prize.

Additional information about the Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days! program can be found on the program Web site or email or by calling Mark Ritter at (864) 503-5939, Tammy Cramer at (864) 503-5379 or Amy Cantrell at (864) 503-5553.