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 10 - May 3rd to May 9th     

Dunes City, Oregon to Elkton, Oregon

51 Miles to travel!








This week you will be traveling west heading back home to Central Oregon, this might just be the smallest town we have traveled to.  You will pass thru Green Acres so be sure to say howdy to Oliver Wendell Douglas and Lisa Douglas (Eddie Albert and Ava Gabor).


Elkton is a small, historical town on the Umpqua River and nestled in the Coastal Mountains.  Approximately 200 folks call this city home with pastured valleys, rolling hills, vineyards and Douglas fir forests.  This cute little town - .26 square miles – is less than 50 miles away from the pacific beaches, Eugene and Roseburg where there are plenty of services.  Elkton is becoming the “Bass Capitol of Oregon”, and boasts great fishing for shad, steelhead and salmon.  Fort Umpqua also calls this community home and there is plenty to see and do or just relax.


HEALTH TIP:  Since Elkton seems like such a peaceful place (I think I’m going to visit) maybe introducing mindfulness into your wellness routine would fit here.  How do you go about your daily grind?  For me, sometimes it is so routine that I arrive home and say, “Wow, how did I get here?  What did I observe on my drive?  Did I see the mountains?”  Being in touch: feelings about life, job, health, family; feeling present:  meaning you are focused, and not scattered or chaotic, are examples of mindfulness.  Before you stop reading thinking it’s too ‘woo-woo” for you, consider these simple suggestions that help manage energy and be fully engaged. 


In 7 Essential Attitudes for a Mindfulness Practice by Jon Kabat-Zinn, suggests the following: be patient with yourself; be non-judging; trust yourself and your feelings; accept what shows up; be willing to let go of your attachments physically and personally; let go of any expectations and practice with a beginner’s mind.


Here are a few ideas to stimulate you to take some time to spend with yourself and practice mindfulness.

Change your routine.  Reverse the order of your normal morning activity ore drive a different way to work.  Pay more attention to your surroundings.  When stopped at a light notice, signs, people, colors and smells.  Change your environment; find a peaceful lunch spot, dine alone.  Decide to experience quietness; don’t listen to the radio or TV, sit outside and listen to the surroundings and your breath.  Stop and smile!  Smile at nothing or everything.  Smile at the thought of family.  Smile at yourself. 


Mindfulness has been linked to benefits including; lower stress, improved cognitive function and a decreased risk of developing some chronic illnesses and boosts creativity and empathy. 


You can’t lose!  This is an ongoing practice that you can’t fail at!  Changes won’t occur overnight but practice will leave you energized, inspired and focused.

Previous Routes and Health Tips


465 SW Rimrock Way

Redmond, OR 97756

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