trek to the tropics

Rice Memorial Hospital is committed to investing in the health and wellness of our community. We are challenging you to stay active for eight weeks and help us reach our goal of 38,402 total active miles as a community. If we meet our goal we will be giving a $4,000 travel voucher to one grand prize winner!

Win Your Dream Vacation!


Move for
56 Days

Reach 8 Destinations

Log
38,402 Miles

1 Grand
Prize Award

Our Community Health Challenge

Help us reach our goal of 38,402 total active miles. Please see below on how you can help us reach this goal and possibly win our grand prize travel voucher!

Weekly Individual Mileage Goals
  • Week 1: 7 miles
  • Week 2: 7 miles
  • Week 3: 14 miles
  • Week 4: 14 miles
  • Week 5: 21 miles
  • Week 6: 21 miles
  • Week 7: 21 miles
  • Week 8: 21 miles

Register Now!
  • 1

    Register!

    Register to participate in Trek to the Tropics by January 22, 2018. Fill out the form below.

  • 2

    Log Miles

    Log your active miles from January 22, 2018 - March 18, 2018

  • 3

    Hit Mileage Goals

    Hit your individual mileage goals each week.

  • 4

    Health Expo

    Be sure to attend our Health Expo on April 5, 2018

  • 5

    One Grad Prize Winner!

    If the whole group reaches our goal of 38,402 total miles, one grand prize winner will receive a travel voucher worth $4,000!
    *Must be present at Health Expo to win

Check Out Our
Progress!

See how close we are as a community to reaching our goal!

Follow along as we travel around the world and log 38,402 active miles as a community.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

It’s free, what’s the catch? +

There is none! Rice Memorial Hospital is committed to investing in the health and wellness of our community. As this challenge continues, we hope it will create a well-balanced exercise habit for participants, build comradery within the community, and add some fun family time to people’s lives. Graciously, all of the funds come from events and wellness fundraisers throughout the year.

How did you pick 38,402 miles? +

We picked destinations all around the world, and increased the distance each week. As you walk around the world, you’ll learn about all of these neat places that we’ll stop along the way.

When do I have to sign up by? +

The entry period ends at 11:59 PM, CST, on Monday, January 22, 2018. Make sure you sign up before that date!

What if I log more than my goals each week? +

Perfect! You are going above and beyond, and those extra miles will be added to the community’s total mileage goal of walking all the way around the world.

How often do I submit my miles? +

You must submit your miles each week! Submit your mileage via our website, or turning in paper log sheets at these various locations: _____, ______, _____. New challenge weeks begin on Mondays, so turn in your previous week’s mileage by no later than 11:59pm on Wednesdays of each week. Your final log is due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

What if I can’t make it to the Health Expo on April 5, 2018, can I still be eligible to win? +

All prizes drawn will be for those that are present at the Health Expo. If you are not preset, we will draw for another name. So don’t miss out!

Do I need an activity tracker to participate and keep track of my miles? +

No activity tracker necessary! You can map out your walking/running route the old fashioned way. We will have a calculator tool on our website for you to convert other forms of activity into miles.

Why can people only within a 45 mile radius of Rice Memorial Hospital participate? +

As you can imagine, we want this challenge to stay local within the area that we serve. It serves a dual purpose: to create exercise habits, and to build camaraderie within the community. If we allowed participants from over 45 miles to participate, it just won’t have that sense of community.

Why is it in January? +

Many people try to start the New Year off right with new wellness goals in mind and this is a great way to start! It is also one of the coldest months in Minnesota, which usually means it is one of the hardest times to stay active – there’s a reason it’s called a community health challenge!

What if I miss a day? +

No problem! It is a weekly mileage goal, not a daily mileage goal. If you miss a day, just make sure you make up for it by moving more the next day. For example, on Week 1 you need to move 7 miles. You can move 1 mile every day that week, or move 3.5 miles on Saturday, and 3.5 miles on Sunday!

Can my children participate? +

Absolutely! Children ages 5-17 are not eligible to win the travel voucher, but they will be eligible to win children’s prizes. Children ages 4 and under are not eligible to win.

How do I track my miles? +

You’re responsible for keeping a log of your own miles, and we expect you to use the honor system. Using our tools on this website, convert your other exercises into the correct “walking mileage.” At the end of each week, submit your mileage via our website, or turning in paper log sheets at these various locations: _____, _____, _____.

What if I miss a week of reaching my goals or submitting my miles? +

Unfortunately, you will be disqualified from winning any prizes. With such a great grand prize on the line, we want people to stay committed to reaching goals and tracking them.

I am on my feet all day at work and log 10,000 steps on my FitBit, does that count? +

Unfortunately, no. We want this to be intentional physical activity, so you must be active for a prolonged period of time. While being on your feet at work has its benefits, we want you to try something outside the normal routine of your day!

I’ll be traveling for part of the challenge, can I still participate? +

Absolutely! We want you to be active wherever you go. Just make sure you continue to turn in your mileage each week via our website.

Do I have to travel to the tropics if I win the travel voucher? +

You can go wherever your heart desires! If you are more of a cold-weather fan, plan a cruise to Alaska. If you love sightseeing, plan a trip to Europe. Or, feel free to pack those sunglasses and flip flops and head to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Hawaii. You get to choose where that $4,000 takes you!

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