100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge
NOVEMBER 1, 2020 - FEBRUARY 8, 2021
Welcome to the 2021 100 Mile Challenge! Each year, the 100 Miles in 100 Challenge grows as we challenge park visitors to get outside and connect with nature. With more than 515-miles of trails, Maricopa County regional park system provides the perfect venue for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
The goal of the self-guided challenge is to log 100 miles in 100 days (200 miles for mountain bikers and/or horseback riders); however, many individuals set personal goals going well beyond the 100 miles. In 2020, members from the Challenge team logged:
- 1,000 miles - 2 participants
- 500-999 miles - 6 participants
- 400-499 miles - 9 participants
- 300-399 miles - 8 participants
- 200-299 miles - 70 participants
- 100-199 miles - 526 participants
While we do give away an Annual Pass and $25 Retail Center voucher to one lucky recipient at the end of the program (just ask Wendy Vomocil, our 2020 winner), most Challenge members participate in the program to connect with nature and meet new friends.
So, lace up your hiking boots and running shoes, dust off your mountain bikes, and saddle up those horses - let's have a little fun together for the next 100 days!
AT A GLANCE: The 100 Mile Challenge is a self-guided program. However, please know that you have access to a team of individuals who are eager to answer your questions, and support you when the going gets tough. Below are the steps you'll need to follow to complete the Challenge.
PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Welcome to the 2021 Challenge! The program officially begins at 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020, and closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines this season as we've had to make changes to account for COVID-19.
Download a copy of the 2021 Challenge guidelines here. Remember, the goal is dependent on the mode you choose to complete the Challenge...
||No. of Miles Needed
A combination of any two methods. The ratio for this challenge is 75% (primary mode) / 25% (secondary mode). For example, if you decide your primary mode is trail running (100 miles) and your secondary mode is mountain biking (200 miles), you must run 75 miles, and the remaining 50 miles must be completed on your mountain bike for a total of 125 miles.
REGISTRATION: To help us communicate with you, we are asking that you register for the Challenge.
Please click here to complete the Survey Monkey Registration Form. You will NOT receive a confirmation notice once you have completed this step. You do not need to register multiple times. This registration process is not connected to the app and you will be asked again to register for the app if you are using this method to log miles.
LOGS: Throughout the Challenge, you'll be logging your miles to show you've achieved your 100/200 mile goal. This may be done using the tools below:
App. Here's the information you'll need to access the apps:
Electronic Log: If you are someone who doesn't like messing with spreadsheets, let us do the work for you.
- Simply fill out the electronic log submission form - https://bit.ly/ElogSubmissionForm - and we take care of the data entry on the back end.
- Once you've submitted your form, your data will be manually transferred into the spreadsheet by our team. You do not enter the mileage yourself. You will view your mileage on the electronic log at https://bit.ly/2021ChallengeElog.
- Participants will be identified by their last name and first initial on the log.
- The set-up process could take up to 72-hours.
- Please keep in mind that the mileage for those participating in the electronic log will be on display for all to see.
- Tracking apps: Please note this is different than the Challenge Program App. While we cannot recommend apps to help you track your miles, several Challenge members do have favorites. Below is a shortlist of what current members are using:
- Jessica: Under Armour Map My Hike
- Roger: Strava
- Carol: Fitbit
- Carla: Map My Hike and Strava
- Electronic logs will be accepted through 4 pm on February 8, 2021. Late logs will NOT be accepted.
Paper Logs: Due to COVID-19, the paper logs will not be accepted during the 2021 season. It is hard for staff to predict the impact the virus will have on the department's business model throughout the program so the department will be taking advantage of established online/electronic resources to ensure park visitor safety. For those who have relied on the paper log in previous seasons and are not comfortable using apps, the electronic log is a user-friendly alternative.
THREE PARK MINIMUM: Participants must visit a minimum of THREE Maricopa County regional parks OR TWO Maricopa County regional parks and the Maricopa/Sun Circle Trail to complete the Challenge.
- Our team understands that you have your favorite trails managed by city, state, and national parks. However, this program is managed and operated by funding from the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.
If you would like to trek in a park managed by another agency, we encourage you to continue doing so. But, please note, we are unable to count that mileage towards the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Departments 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge.
- All trails found on this page are part of the 100 Mile Challenge - https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/maps/.
- The Maricopa Trail segments, which are also included in the Challenge, can be found at - https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/maricopa-trail/trail-maps/.
SUBMIT LOGS: YAY...you've finished your Challenge!!! What do you do now? All treks must be recorded no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021. Since everyone is participating electronically this season, your logs are submitted automatically.
SHIRT ORDER: Now comes the fun part, ordering your shirt! Simply complete the order form by clicking on the shirt icon on the right (coming January 2021). This step should NOT occur until after you've completed your Challenge. Your order must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021.
- The form will close promptly at 4 pm and late shirt orders will not be accepted so please plan accordingly.
- Program miles are verified by the administrative team once the shirt order has been submitted.
- The mileage on the shirt order form is also used to determine program certificates.
CELEBRATIONS*! Challenge celebrations will be hosted on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Please see the event calendar for Challenge celebration times and activities as the interpretive rangers plan the celebrations.
*NOTE: Celebrations subject to cancellation and/or modifications to accommodate for COVID-19. The following parks will not be hosting the finale celebration - Adobe Dam Regional Park Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, Hassayampa River Preserve, and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
COMMUNITY PAGE: We understand that it can be hard to stay motivated for 100 days, so we hope you will join our Facebook page. The community page is a great way to connect with others participating in the Challenge, share your success stories, find the motivation you need during the holidays, and participate in fun activities!
PARK PROGRAMS: Whether you're new to Maricopa County's regional park system or looking to mix up your Challenge this season, our interpretive rangers offer a wide variety of programs. A trek with a ranger is also a great way to meet fellow Challenge members. To view upcoming programs, visit our program and events calendar.