JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri’s First Lady Georganne Nixon achieved her first 100 Missouri Miles, as she joins more than 600 Missourians who have completed the challenge to get outdoors and be active.
Gov. Jay Nixon and the First Lady began the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to celebrate the state’s honor as the “Best Trails State” and to encourage Missouri families to enjoy the outdoors. It challenges Missourians to log on to MO.gov and complete 100 miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.
“The Governor and I have had the opportunity to walk with hundreds of Missourians taking the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge, and we look forward to walking with hundreds more,” First Lady Nixon says in a news release. “Since the official launch last month, more than 5,000 Missourians have signed up to take the Challenge and have logged over 200,000 miles in every corner of the state. I’m proud to share this journey with so many fellow Missourians who are walking, running, biking, rolling and paddling 100 miles to support Missouri’s proud outdoor traditions and improve their health.”
Joined by Gov. Nixon, the First Lady’s logged her one-hundredth mile at Katy Trail State Park, the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project. She plans to continue logging miles, including paddling on some of the state’s lakes and rivers, according to the release.
More than 5,500 participants have logged more than 220,000 miles since the challenge started in June.
Participants are encouraged to run, walk, bike, ride, swim, paddle or roll on trails or other outdoor areas.