Glen Ellyn Park District challenged by Oswegoland to 'Monday Miles'
Three years ago, Kristie Vest, special events supervisor for the Oswegoland Park District, created the "Monday Miles" program to bring residents together for community involvement and healthy exercise. For 2018, she had the interesting idea to challenge residents of the Glen Ellyn Park District to see which community could log the most miles each week during the summer.
"There are so many 5Ks and 10Ks for people to run; we're offering a 1-, 2- or 3-mile option," explained Vest. "The shorter courses are less intimidating. We just want people to come and join their friends and neighbors in the park."
Vest grew up in Glen Ellyn, and her first job was with the Glen Ellyn Park District.
"When I was thinking of creating a competition, I immediately thought of Glen Ellyn," she said. "It's similar in size to Oswegoland, and I knew the Glen Ellyn Park District staff would enjoy a good-natured competition."
In both park districts, there are many events throughout the year that cater to children and families.
"Monday Miles offers opportunities for individuals, seniors, friend groups, children, and families to enjoy time together in the beautiful summer weather," added Vest. "It's easy to put off exercising or even just getting outside in the summer, so this gives people a good reason to enjoy the outdoors."
On Tuesday mornings, the totals will be tabulated to see which group logged the most miles during the prior evening. "The runners and walkers like to see their progress over the summer," Vest said. "Some go on to run 5Ks and other races after training all summer. The competition side of it is just for fun; we mainly like to see residents getting out to enjoy their parks."
The "Monday Miles" program starts on June 4 and continues for 10 weeks (until Aug. 6). Participants will be charged $3 per night (cash only), or $20 for all 10 evenings. Register at www.gepark.org. The flat fee is the same regardless of the distance chosen.
"Monday Miles" will take place from 6:30 to 8 pm at Ackerman Park, 800 St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn. If you attend 8 (or more) Mondays, you'll earn a free T-shirt!
For more information about the "Monday Miles" competition this summer, contact Christine Hartnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 942-7268.