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Moving with Mayor Marv challenges Willmar to run, walk or bike 100 miles in 100 days

Moving with Mayor Marv is a challenge to run, bike, or walk a mile a day and post it online for weekly prizes.

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A cyclist rides near the Willmar Civic Center in July 2019 in Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR โ€” The Willmar Parks and Recreation Department has created a 100 days, 100 miles Challenge: Moving with Mayor Marv.

The initiative is an effort to get the city of Willmar resident moving and healthy. All ages are encouraged to take part by running, walking, or biking a mile a day, though all skill levels and activities are promoted and accepted in the challenge.

Each week, participants are able to post and tag a selfie with #MovingwithMayorMarv100 on Facebook or Instagram.

Alex Sobieck, the program coordinator, said that the Willmar Parks and Recreation Department will draw a winner from each weekโ€™s posts and reward them with a gift card or item donated by local businesses or supporters.

The challenge will take place from May 26 to Sept. 3 with an ultimate goal of 100 miles of runs, bike rides, or walks, equivalent to one mile a day, Sobieck said. Running, biking, and walking outdoors is encouraged in order to reach the 100-mile goal and improve mental and physical health. However, any form of activity is supported.

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Community connections via social media and healthy habits are important during these difficult times. Mayor Marv Calvin said that he will be participating himself, as well as sponsoring the event. He will be contributing a $50 gift card to a local business of choice as a prize. Sobieck said that other prizes will also be to local businesses, and will consist of gift cards or other items such as car washes from Walts.

Starting May 26, participants will be able to post and tag their submissions to Facebook or Instagram to join the community, improve their health, and possibly win prizes. Willmar Parks and Recreation is on Facebook as WillmarParksRec and on Instagram as WillmarParks.

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