100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge

2020TheStartIsNear

November 1, 2019 - February 8, 2020

Welcome to the 2020 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 595-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 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 2019, members from the Challenge team logged:

  • 24 members exceeded 200 miles
  • 15 members completed 300 - 599 miles
  • 1 member completed close to 1,300 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 Chris Roberts, our 2019 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. 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 ONE - REGISTRATION: To help us communicate with you, we are asking that you register for the Challenge.

  • Please 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.
  • If you have questions, you can reach us directly at 100MileChallenge@mail.maricopa.gov.

STEP TWO - 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 THREE - 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:

  • 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.
    • Link to electronic log: http://bit.ly/2kMAoet
    • You will be identified by your last initial and first name 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.
    • For those participating in the electronic log process, you do NOT need to submit a hard copy log at the end of the Challenge nor do you need to collect signatures.
    • 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 shortlist of what current members are using:
      • Jessica: Under Armour Map My Hike
      • Roger: Strava
      • Carol: Fitbit
      • Carla: Map My Hike and Strava
    • Remember, STAFF members will be entering miles into the electronic log, not participants.
    • Electronic logs will be accepted through 4 pm on February 8, 2020. Late logs will not be accepted this season.
  • Hard copy: There are several different hard copy logs available for use. Those using the hard copy logs must obtain weekly sign-offs from park representatives.
    • Blank Log - Are you interested in charting your own course? If so, this blank 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.
    • Park Log - The park log features the park trails along with their mileage. The same guidelines apply to this document as the blank log.
  • App. We understand that several of you used and loved the app last season. However, we are no longer able to retrieve data from the app as it is not being supported by the developer. Please DO NOT use this option. We hope to bring back this resource next season.

STEP FOUR - PARK MINIMUM:

  • Participants must visit a minimum of three Maricopa County parks OR two Maricopa County parks and the Maricopa Trail/Sun Circle Trail to complete the Challenge.
    • Our team understands that you have your favorite trails in the 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 Maricopa County's 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge.

STEP FIVE - SUBMIT LOGS: YAY...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. The information must be time-stamped no later than 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
  • If you've participated electronically, your log has already been submitted.

STEP SIX - SHIRT ORDER: Now comes the fun part, placing your shirt order. Simply complete the following form:

  • Link for tee-shirt order form will be posted on January 2, 2020.
    • 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 Saturday, February 8, 2020. Late shirt orders will not be accepted this season.

STEP SIX - CELEBRATIONS! Challenge celebrations will be hosted on Saturday, March 7, 2020. 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.


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!

facebook.com/MCParks100MilesIn100Days


PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Welcome to the 2020 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge! The program begins at 6 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019, and closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Below are the guidelines for the program:

MILES: 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: Participants may combine options; however, 75 percent of your challenge must be completed via your primary mode and remaining 25 percent via your 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: ALL participants are required to complete a short registration form which can be found at http://bit.ly/2lRTQ9Q. Information contained in this form helps the department communicate with participants throughout the Challenge.

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 to complete the Challenge.
  • Our team understands that you have your favorite trails in the 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 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 types 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 park representative sign-off weekly on miles trekked.
    • Those using hard copy logs must submit their final log electronically to 100MileChallenge@maricopa.gov. Participants without scanners may ask a staff member in a nature center to scan/send on their behalf.
    • All program logs must be submitted/received by 4 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020, to meet Challenge requirements – no exceptions.
  • Electronic: If you the participant plans to use the electronic log option, they will need to select an application of their choice to track miles.
    • Once treks are completed, the participant will complete an Electronic Log Submission Form (http://bit.ly/2kMPosN).  Mileage and park information will be transferred to the Google spreadsheet housed at https://bit.ly/2x4SfiK by one of the MCParks staff members.
    • If the participant is using this option, they do NOT need to submit their log at the end of the program.

CELEBRATIONS AND SHIRTS:

  • All celebrations* will be hosted on Saturday, March 7, 2020. 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 7, 2020.
  • In order to receive a shirt, the participant must complete the Tee-shirt Order Form. Shirt order forms must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020. No late orders will be accepted!
  • Tee-shirts must be picked up at the park. Participants may make arrangements to pick up shirts from the parks at a later date, and/or send a family member/friend to pick up their 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, 2020.
  • Participants may receive no more than one tee-shirt per campaign year.
  • Pets may join participants on hikes; however, participants MUST be human to be eligible to receive a tee-shirt and qualify for the drawing.
  • The following parks will not be hosting the final celebration(*) on Saturday, March 7, 2020:
    • Buckeye Hills Regional Park
    • Adobe Dam Regional Park
    • Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
    • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

DRAWING: To be eligible for the drawing of an Annual Pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $110), the participant must complete the Challenge. If the selected winner currently holds an Annual Pass, the Annual Pass will be renewed for one year upon date of expiration.

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.