100 Days Active Challenge 2015

A few years ago my crazy friend Devashish Paul, an Ottawa triathlete/Ironman who does a lot of writing for slowtwitch.com tweaked me to the 100 runs 100 days challenge.  Run every day, minimum 1/2 hour, for 100 days.  I’ve been doing it for a few years as a way of staying motivated through the dead of winter in CB.  I drew a few other people into it and it grew a bit.  But thi year, Debbie Howie took over the reins.  Computer genius Matt Hunter developed a FB-linked database.  Debbie expanded the challenge to include activities other than running, and the 100 Days Active Challenge was born.  Thanks to Debbie for this report, and for making this happen.  Sorry to be so late posting it!  And congratulations to everyone who committed, and made it through to the end.  I think we’ll see this again in 2016!

The 100 Days Active Challenge was a huge success. The purpose of the challenge was to encourage people to be active on a day-to-day basis. It provided a framework for people to venture outside their comfort zone and seek new cross training activities.

Participants were from all over Canada and as far away as the USA, Brazil and Russia. Many completed the full 100 days of activities and others completed a certain percentage but vow to increase next year. One over achiever, who I won’t name, but initials CM –did over 200 activities in 100 days.

Results of feedback received is that there will be an increase in snowshoe activity next year—glad the weather cooperated.

Meet one of our inspiring participants Audrey Murphy –Age 68. Currently living in Ottawa, formally from Sydney. Audrey says that this winter has been her most active to date. She attributes this to the commitment of the 100 Days Challenge. Her activities include: Nordic Walking, skating, downhill Skiing, Swimming, Yoga, Barre Fitness Classes.

Tanya Brann-Barrett, Herbie Sakalauskas, and Kathy Sparling looking happy after a run!

Tanya Brann-Barrett, Herbie Sakalauskas, and Kathy Sparling looking happy after a run!

Shelley Porter is the editor for the VeloCB newsletter, and the ringleader of the B-52's, the 52-wk-bike challenge

Shelley Porter is the editor for the VeloCB newsletter, and the ringleader of the B-52’s, the 52-wk-bike challenge

Shelly Rhynold, Cyril MacDonald, and Wavey Burke did some serious marathon training together despite the tough winter

Shelly Rhynold, Cyril MacDonald, and Wavey Burke did some serious marathon training together despite the tough winter

Peggy Forward has been very successful with her running

Peggy Forward has been very successful with her running

Justin Lalanne and better half Nicole Kennedy are skaters as well as runners

Justin Lalanne and better half Nicole Kennedy are skaters as well as runners

Francis MacIsaac tries to keep up with Debbie whether snowshoeing or running

Francis MacIsaac tries to keep up with Debbie whether snowshoeing or running

Todd Crowdis doesn't seem to mind the winter weather

Todd Crowdis doesn’t seem to mind the winter weather

Debbie, the impetus behind the 100 Days Active Challenge, out for a day of snowshoeing

Debbie, the impetus behind the 100 Days Active Challenge, out for a day of snowshoeing

Tuesday Track ran well into the fall

Tuesday Track ran well into the fall

Colette Smith, Dave Bown, and Christine MacDonald put the hurt on when instructing Sunday Spins this year

Colette Smith, Dave Bown, and Christine MacDonald put the hurt on when instructing Sunday Spins this year

Audrey Murphy, originally from CB, enjoys the more than 7Km-long skating rink that is the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

Audrey Murphy, originally from CB, enjoys the more than 7Km-long skating rink that is the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

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