IUP Invited to Indiana County Decathlon

Posted on 2/7/2017 2:18:50 PM

The IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety, in its role on the advisory committee of the Indiana County WalkWorks program, invites all IUP staff, faculty, and students to shake off the cold this winter and spring and join us for the Indiana County Walking Decathlon! The Decathlon kickoff event is this Saturday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Center at Blue Spruce Park. 

Walking in the woods with Indiana County Walking Decathlon at Blue Spruce Park.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Indiana County Parks and Trails, WalkWorks, in cooperation with the YMCA of Indiana County and Indiana County Parks and Trails, is kicking off the first Indiana County Walking Decathlon. This is a fun way to explore our County parks and discover other great places to walk in our area. To get started, pick up an Indiana County Decathlon Participation Card at the YMCA of Indiana County, at the Indiana Free Library, or at one of our Special Event Walks.

The Indiana County Decathlon Participation Card offers 16 opportunities to participate. If you cannot make one or more of the Special Event Walks, you still have an opportunity to complete 10 walks. You can choose from up to six specified county parks and trails (free), up to four of the Special Event Walks (free), and either up to six walks with any one of the WalkWorks walking groups (free) or up to six exercise sessions of at least 20 minutes at the YMCA (guest pass needed).

To claim your prizes, you will need to earn at least four stamps. Stamps are obtained from WalkWorks group leaders or at Special Event Walks. You can also get your card stamped at the YMCA of Indiana County or at the White Township Recreation Complex (S&T Arena) by showing a selfie of yourself on the walk. Once finished, present your stamped card at the YMCA front desk, and you will receive a prize for each level earned. Qualify for Level 1 with any four stamps, Level 2 with 10 stamps, including at least one special event, and Level 3 by having all 16 spaces stamped.

In addition to our Kick Off event, the Special Event Walks where you can earn stamps are: “Get Your Irish On” Walk, Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. at the Old Borough Building (39 N. 7th St); family-friendly “Easter Egg Hunt” Walk, Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. at the White Township Recreation Complex (near the basketball courts); and “YMCA Healthy Kids Day” Family Walk, Saturday, April 29, time TBD at the YMCA Indiana County Walking Track.

Follow the Indiana County Walking Decathlon Facebook page for information on routes from now through May. Get walking between February 11 and May 31, 2017, earn stamps toward prizes and take some steps to healthier you!

Indiana County Decathlon at Blue Spruce County Park

The WalkWorks program creates walking groups in communities to provide opportunities for physical activity. Currently there are eight walking routes across Indiana County in Blairsville, Ernest, Glen Campbell, Homer City, White Township, Indiana Borough, Penns Manor, and at IRMC.

The Indiana County WalkWorks program is a collaboration between the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to increase opportunities for physical activity across Indiana County. Through this program, planners partner with local communities to identify walking routes and form sustainable walking groups with the ultimate goal of improving the health of county residents.

More information on Indiana County WalkWorks Walking Routes is available on the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development’s website and social media platforms: YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Or find us on Facebook for each WalkWorks route: WalkWorks Blairsville, WalkWorks Ernerst, WalkWorks Glen Campbell, WalkWorks Homer City, WalkWorks White Township, WalkWorks Indiana Borough, and WalkWorks Penns Manor.