2014 Step To It Challenge Begins May 4 With Kick-off Event At Brookview Park

It’s time to break free from winter and get moving again. Kick off the annual Step to It Challenge, May 4-31, with Mayor Shep Harris for a recreational 45-60 minute walk starting 1 pm May 4 at the Brookview Park shelter. No registration necessary.

The annual Step To It Challenge is an easy and friendly competition to encourage area residents to get active.

The free four-week challenge draws thousands of people to compete each year. It will be held in Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Southside/Sabathani Community, Shorewood, St Louis Park, and United Tribes of Little Earth.

Residents and people who work in the 24 participating communities can now register online for the challenge, or get more information at www.steptoit.org.

Bragging rights will go to the community that racks up the highest average of steps per participant. Last year, Brooklyn Park and Crystal took top honors. The top stepper in each community will win a pair of Twins tickets and be recognized at Target Field during a Twins game this summer.

New this year, the challenge has incorporated a green theme, “Step To It Challenge, Taking Green Strides.” Participants are encouraged to “take green strides” that help them be more active while also saving natural resources. Whether it’s walking or biking, picking up litter, or helping plant a community garden, these green activities can help participants achieve their goals or maybe even win their community’s “Most Active Resident” award.

Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at www.hennepin.us.

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