100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge
Welcome to the 2019 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 420-miles of trails, Maricopa County's regional park system provides the perfect venue for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
The goal of the 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 2018, members from the Challenge team logged:
- 31 members exceeded 200 miles
- 18 members completed 300 - 599 miles
- 3 members completed more than 600 miles
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 Marilyn Huffine, our 2018 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!
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. This year, we've made efforts to streamline the Challenge, and we hope you like the changes. Below are the steps you'll need to follow to complete the Challenge.
Step 1: Registration. Our program satisfaction surveys show that you want more communication from us to help keep you motivated. To accomplish this effort, we are asking all participants to complete a short registration form. If you need to reach us directly, you may do so by emailing 100MileChallenge@mail.maricopa.gov.
Step 2: Program Brochure. If you have participated in the Challenge previously, skip to Step 3. This document includes the program guidelines and a sample trail schedule to get you to the 100/200 miles. This is a great resource for those who have never participated in the program. Remember, the goal varies depending on the mode you are using to complete the Challenge...
- Hikers: 100 miles
- Trail Runners: 100 miles
- Mountain Bikers: 200 miles
- Horseback Riders: 200 miles
- Combo: You may combine options; however, 75 percent of your challenge must be completed via your primary mode and 25 percent via secondary mode.
- For example, if you decide your primary mode is trail running (100 miles) and mountain biking (200 miles) is your secondary mode, you must run 75 miles, and the remaining 50 miles must be completed on your mountain bike for a total of 125 miles.
Step 3: 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 various tools below:
- Blank Log - Are you interested in charting your own course? If so, this paper log may be perfect for you. The blank log gives you the flexibility of logging your favorite treks and space for signatures and mileage. If you are using this format, you will need to stop by the park to have a member of the Parks team initial your log. We understand that there are times when staff members are not available; however, we do ask that you stop in at least once a week for signatures.
- Park Log - This log features the park trails along with their mileage. The same guidelines apply to this document as the the blank log (see above).
- Electronic Log Submission Form - If you are someone who doesn't like messing with spreadsheets, let us do the work for you. Simply fill out the Electronic Log form and we take care of the data entry on the back end. Better yet, you don't need to collect signatures since you're submitting a screenshot of your trek in the form!
- Link to electronic log: https://bit.ly/2x4SfiK
- You will be identified by your last initial and first name on the log.
- This process could take up to 72-hours.
- Once your information has been logged, we will send you an email letting you know that your information is available online.
- Please keep in mind that the mileage for those participating in the electronic log will be on display for all to see.
- For those participating in this process, you do NOT need to submit a hard copy log at the end of the Challenge.
- Hard copy logs are always available for those who are not interested in this process.
- Tracking apps: While we cannot recommend apps to help you track your miles, several Challenge members do have favorites. Below is a short list 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, 2019.
Step 4: Finishing the program. Yeah, you've finished your Challenge!!! What do you do now? If you've been using a hard copy log, you will need to scan it and email it to 100MileChallenge@mail.maricopa.gov. Information must be time stamped no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019. If you've participated electronically, your log has already been submitted.
Step 5: Shirt Order. Now comes the fun part, placing your shirt order. Better yet, we've streamlined this process to an online form so you no longer need to drop off or email your order. Simply complete the following form:
NOTE: This step should NOT occur until after you've completed your Challenge.Information must be time stamped no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019
Step 6: Celebrations! Challenge celebrations will be hosted on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Please see the event calendar for Challenge celebration times and activities as the interpretive rangers plan the celebrations.
NOTE: The following parks will not be hosting the finale celebration - Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
We understand that it can be hard to stay motivated during 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!
Welcome to the 2019 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge! The program begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 and closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019. Below are the guidelines for the program
The program was initially developed for hikers. Over the years, the department has expanded the program to include all user groups. This change required mileage adjustments to keep the program consistent and fair for all participants. Below is the mileage breakdown for the various user groups:
- Hikers: 100 miles
- Trail Runners: 100 miles
- Mountain Bikers: 200 miles
- Horseback Riders: 200 miles
- Combo: You may combine options; however, 75 percent of your challenge must be completed via your primary mode and 25 percent via secondary mode. For example, if you decide your primary mode is trail running (100 miles) and mountain biking (200 miles) is your secondary mode, you must run 75 miles, and the remaining 50 miles must be completed on your mountain bike for a total of 125 miles.
REGISTRATION: ALL participants are required to complete a short registration form. This will help us to communicate with you throughout the program.
PARKS AND TRAILS:
Participants must visit a minimum of three Maricopa County parks or two Maricopa County parks and the Maricopa Trail/Sun Circle Trail.
We understand that participants have their favorite trails in city and state parks; however, this program is managed and paid for using Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department funding. If you would like to trek in a park managed by another agency, we encourage you to continue doing so; however, we are unable to count that mileage towards Maricopa County’s 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge.
Participant may NOT combine their logs/miles with another participant's log/miles to reach the 100 or 200 mile goal.
LOGS: All participants must log and report their miles throughout the Challenge. There are two type of logs used for the Challenge:
- Hard copy: There are several different hard copy logs available on the website for use. Those using the hard copy logs must have a staff representative sign off on miles trekked. We understand that park representatives aren’t always available when participants are recreation; however, participants must receive signatures at least once a week.
- Those using hard copy logs must submit their final log electronically to 100MileChallenge@mail.maricopa.gov. If you do not have a scanner, you may ask a staff member in a nature center to scan/send the document in for you.
- All program logs must be submitted/received by 4 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019 to meet Challenge requirements – no exceptions.
- Electronic: If you plan on using the electronic option, you will need to select a mobile app. of your choice to track your miles. Once your trek has been completed, you will complete the Electronic Log Submission Form. Mileage and park information will be transferred by staff into a group Google spreadsheet housed at: https://bit.ly/2x4SfiK. If you are using this option, you do NOT need to submit your log at the end of the program since we have tracked your progress throughout the Challenge.
CELEBRATIONS AND SHIRTS:
- All celebrations will be hosted on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Please check the events calendar for times as times may vary from park to park.
- All participants who complete the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the park program finale celebration on Saturday, March 9, 2019*.
- In order to receive your shirt, you must complete the Tee-shirt Order Form. Shirt order forms must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 to help us meet our timeline with the vendor. Please to NOT submit your form prior to finishing your miles.
- Tee-shirts must be picked up at the park. Participants may make arrangements to pick up a shirt from the park at a later date. You may also send a family member/friend to pick up your shirt.
- Tee-shirts will NOT be shipped to customers and park(s) will not be responsible for product not picked up after Sunday, March 31, 2019.
- Participants may receive no more than one tee-shirt per campaign year, regardless of number of miles hiked, biked, ridden or ran.
- Pets may join participants on hikes; however, participants MUST be human to be eligible to receive a tee-shirt and qualify for the grand prize drawing.
To be eligible for the grand prize drawing of an Annual Pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $110).
If the selected winner currently holds an Annual Pass, the Annual Pass will be renewed for one year upon date of expiration.
*The following parks will not be hosting the finale celebration on Saturday, March 9, 2019:
- Buckeye Hills Regional Park
- Adobe Dam Regional Park
- Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
- Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
QUESTIONS: Should you have questions about the program, please reach out to the rangers in the parks, or send an email to 100MileChallenge@mail.maricopa.gov.
PRINTABLE GUIDELINES: To download a copy of the guidelines, please click here.