Don’t Let Rain Stop You! County Trail Challenge Awaits

NORRISTOWN PA – Montgomery County officials postponed Saturday morning’s (May 7, 2022) scheduled kick-off event for the 7th annual Montgomery County Trail Challenge, due to the weekend’s continuing rain. The event has been rescheduled for June 4 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Trail Junction Center, 76 E. Lafayette St.

The cancellation doesn’t affect registration for the challenge, though. It remains available online, here.

The trail challenge intends to encourage exercise and fitness on, as well as exploration of, 15 selected trails – many of them starting or ending within popular parks – between May and December. The county contains more than 92 miles of trails that it said connects its “greenways, waterways, and heritage.” Most residents, it added, “are located within a few miles of a wonderful trail experience!”

Recognition of trail completions at any one of three levels will earn recognition and “prizes” from the county, it added. The challenge officially ends Dec. 4, giving participants a seven-month window to finish their walks.

Facing limits on time, or the ability to exercise? No problem, the county added. “You do not have to walk, run or bike the entire trail to get credit for the challenge,” it said; “just visit and enjoy to earn your recognitions!” Participants must log their visits using a specific form, on which the county asks them to record one symbol per trail, and them submit it by mail or online when completed.

Find the entry form here.

Participants also are being asked to post pictures and recognitions to social media to promote the challenge, and to encourage friends to participate using the hashtag #MontcoTrailChallenge.

In a survey of 2021 challenge participants, the county said it learned that:

  • 92 percent visited a new park or trail;
  • 83 percent learned something new about their community;
  • 85 percent walked more;
  • 23 percent biked more;
  • 14 percent ran more;
  • 82 percent said they improved their physical health; and
  • 91 percent said they improved their mental health.

Photo provided by Montgomery County