Palm Coast – The Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge came to a record-breaking close with more than 30,000 miles logged during the three-month long fitness quest toward a healthier lifestyle.
“I am so proud and impressed with the dedication and strength of all of the participants in this year’s Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge,” said Mayor Milissa Holland. “This event is designed to encourage residents to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle. It is my hope they continue with their fitness goals and become an inspiration to others looking to improve their health as well.”
The challenge was to move at least a mile a day for the 90 days from Jan. 4 to April 3 and it was open to all ages of those who live, work, shop, play or exercise in Palm Coast. Participants logged their miles or minutes of activity performed at www.palmcoastconnect.com.
This year’s challenge hosted 196 participants, some of whom formed teams together to make the experience more fun and interactive. A total of 19 teams formed, each naming their group something unique. Overall, running and/or walking was by far the most logged activity with the most amount of miles.
The Palm Coast Parks & Recreation team also created, organized and offered 90 activities throughout the 90 days (some were self-guided) for participants such as walking, rucking, running, paddling, biking, swimming and pickleball, to name a few.
"We appreciate the community's record participation this year," said Parks & Recreation Director Lauren Johnston. "Our team worked hard to develop 90 different activities throughout the Challenge and we loved seeing our residents enjoy the weekly walks, guided paddle tour, nature programs, and more."
Participants were recognized at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6. Finishers will be able to pick up their long sleeved t-shirts from the Community Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. starting Wednesday, April 7. Please have them picked up by Friday, April 23 if possible. The following finishers qualify for a free t-shirt:
Diana LeBrun, Mark Stevens, Linda Miller, BJ Cope, Thomas Lee, Terri Jalbert, Kira Casane, Lisa Rainey, Deborah Coyne, Carl Cote, Ryan Smith, Mary Mc Gowan, Amanda Loux, Regina Mason, Maria Torres, Linda Sordoni, Chris Degrande, Alfredo Torres, Paul Handley, Tracey Doak; Wendy Janeira, Raymond Acevedo, Pam Benton, Michael Baity, Richard Sweet, Lori Powell, Marc Nardone, Kimberley Spath, Richard Cooper, Donna Harkins, Andre Wright, Frank Hertzog, Derek Conklin, Jodi Gromek, Joycelyn Maw, Lorenzo Sordoni, Rene Herron, Allison Leonard, Soraya Zapata, Christina Mortimer, Jessica Brown, Joyce Walters, Marilenn Punsalan, Joan Twing, Joe Danaher, Patrick Juliano, Jo Ann Owen, Mary Kronenberg, Jim Zimmerman, Casey Luedke, Gwen Ragsdale, Conrad Troha, Susan Daley, Stephen Mitchell, Kate Settle, Marsha Lidskin, Lydia Greear, Diane Zinzi, Kim Brown, Renee Robinson, Robyn Anderson, Alisha Mobley, Lee Morin, Taelyn Babcock, Shannon Boone, Sharon Hogue, Nikki Magsino, Lauren Mazzella, Dawn Hiatt, Karen Becotte, April Healey, Jared Dawson, Michael Kanter, Chris Olsen, Suzanne Pepio, Peter Roussell, Rita Dryden, Steve Flanagan, Denise Bevan, Benjamin Caoili, Kimberly Norman, Charles and Barbara Yohe, Mike Taliaferro, Kaley Cook, Paul Lever, Virginia Smith, Robert Parsons, Ron Florkowski, Bryan Babcock, Raelene Crenshaw, Matthew Mancill, Sophia Clark, Brittany McDermott, Lindsay Babcock, Heather Carter, Candice Tarallo, Maria Raymond, Juliette Roehrig, Kevin Brinkley, Bryan Shelley, Flora Cahl, Blake Kershaw, Misty Ritchie, Amanda Perretti, Sabrina Smith, Brandi Staley, Elaine Studnicki, Nydia Barardo, Beverly Hanson, Gail Irvine.
The challenge was a true community-wide effort and included some local businesses who were featured for the Be Local Buy Local campaign. The City of Palm Coast thanks the following local fitness and restaurant establishments for spreading the word about the Mayor’s 90/90 Challenge:
Stay tuned for the next Palm Coast Mayor’s Challenge for Fitness. In the meantime, anyone looking for great fitness programs can see the latest offerings from Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at www.parksandrec.fun. Palm Coast also has a variety of trails, parks and paths for residents to safely exercise socially distanced. You can see the City’s Trek-It-Out guide for a listing of these recreational spaces at https://www.palmcoastgov.com/trek-it-out.