RAPRD Spring 2021 Fitness Challenge bann

Welcome to our virtual health and fitness challenge for 2021. Our unique challenge will start from RAPRD Activity center; proceed south to the California border, east to Idaho, north to see the Washington State line, to our beautiful coast and back to the Cascade Swim Center. The entire route is 1544 miles in a 12-week period, which you will record on STRAVA when you have done minutes of exercise! The fun part this year is we will release the route every week – we want to be a part of your journey and see how you are progressing. Your route information will be released every Sunday on our website and STRAVA and include a bit of information about the city as well as a health tip you and your family can incorporate into the week. Everyone completing the mileage will receive a punch card to RAPRD! Thanks for participating and we’ll see you on the road!

Fitness Challenge Instructions


  1. Challenge starting point is Redmond, Oregon RAPRD ACTIVITY CENTER.

  2. Destination is Redmond, Oregon RAPRD CASCADE SWIM CENTER.

  3. Starting date is March 1, 2021 and will end May 31, 2021. Participants can join the challenge anytime during the 3 month period.

  4. Total route is 1544 miles.  Keep a monthly log of exercise time (see below).

    1. RAPRD (AC or Swim Center) Activities  - 60 min = 40 miles, 30 min = 20 miles

    2. Activities include – In person or virtual fitness classes, Aqua Fitness classes, Personal Training, time in weight room or on equipment, lap swim and independent water exercise

    3. NON RAPRD Activities  (movement / fitness oriented, i.e. skiing, walking, running) – 60 min = 20 miles, 30 min = 10 miles

    4. Track 60 min and 30 min intervals only please

    5. Tracking your mileage for the fitness challenge will be done online with STRAVA.  STRAVA is a free app that will act as your registration for the event and where you can log your miles or hours (eliminating bringing a paper into the facility for recording)


        1. Create a free account then “request” an invitation to our “club”

        2. From your dashboard >explore>clubs>search “Redmond Area Park and Recreation District” AND highlight the “other” circle>request invitation to club

        3. From here you can hand enter your mileage – as indicated above

        4. When you hand enter your mileage, please give each activity a title such as,  RAPRD class, lap swim, other fitness class, walk (outdoors), etc. 

  5. The final goal is to arrive on or before May 31, 2021 at the Cascade Swim Center, having completed 1544 miles as tracked on STRAVA.  So that we can be a part of your experience and cheer you on, every Sunday beginning Feb 28th a new city for you to travel to during the week will be posted on our STRAVA club page and on our website.

  6. Included in the destination post will be a HEATH tip that you can choose to incorporate into your family’s lifestyle that week (when applicable).

  7. Everyone registered on STRAVA that completes the race by May 31, 2021 will receive a punch card to RAPRD to be used at the Activity Center or Cascade Swim Center.

  8. Honesty is the best policy.

  9. Note:

    1. Total Mileage = 1544 miles

    2. Weekly Mileage (12 weeks) = 129/week

    3. Equal to = 3 classes at RAPRD/week + a bit extra on your own

WEEK 7 -  April 12th - April 18th

The Dalles, Oregon to Astoria, Oregon


174 Miles to travel!


Astoria, Oregon




This week you will be traveling west to arrive faster into Washington to get to Astoria. 

The port city of Astoria received its name from John Jacob Astor, an investor and entrepreneur from New York whose fur trading company founded Fort Astoria.  Founded in 1811 Astoria is the oldest city in the state and the first American settlement west of the Rockies.  Astoria has a rich history including; Lewis and Clarke expedition’s home for a year, the first U.S. Post Office west of the Rockies, a thriving fishing industry and salmon canneries.  Astoria is the terminus for the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail a 4,250 mile coast-to-coast touring route created in 1976 by the Adventure Cycle Association.  Today tourism supports Astoria with; a growing art scene, seasonal fishing, historic lodging, cruise ship port of call, a weekly and microbrewery/ brewpub scene make Astoria a cool getaway.

HEALTH TIP:  With salmon and other fish being one of Astoria’s claims to fame aim a line for omega-3-rich fish more often. In a 13-year study of older Americans, published in the journal BMJ, those with higher circulating blood levels of marine-derived, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids—such as docosapentaenoic acid—were significantly more likely to age healthfully than their peers with lower levels of these omegs-3s in their blood.

The researchers defined “healthy aging” as a meaningful lifespan without chronic diseases and with intact physical and mental function after the age of 65. Fish fat’s ability to lower inflammation may be one way that it promotes longevity. While the study was observational and cannot explain the mechanisms behind these associations or, in fact, prove causality, it seems enough to encourage people to make a long-term habit of eating at least two servings of fish per week. Seek out those that contain a boatload of omega-3s, such as salmon, sardines, sablefish, mackerel and rainbow trout.

Don’t forget to grab a brew and a salmon dinner while you are there!

Previous Routes and Health Tips


465 SW Rimrock Way

Redmond, OR 97756

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