Beat the Blues Winter Marathon: A Wellness Challenge for all ages and abilities!

The Challenge:

Complete a full marathon worth of activities (or more!) between January 1st and March 1st, 2019.

Run, walk, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or you can play outside (create forts, build a snowman, sled, etc.) for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage on the Mileage Log which can be submitted via email, mail, or online. Both online and downloadable Mileage Logs can be found at

Raffle Prize:

Complete one or more marathons for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the local sports/health business, or recreation center of your choice! The more marathons you complete, the more chances you have to win!

“Early Bird” Special:

Turn in one (or more) marathon mileage logs via the online survey by noon on January 31st for your chance to win a BONUS $50 rental gift card from Decorah Bicycles that you can use to rent skis, ice skates, snowshoes, or bikes!

Submit Your Completed Marathons:

Visit to complete the online Mileage Log Survey OR download a hardcopy of the Mileage Log Form. Downloaded forms can be returned via email ( or mail (April Bril UERPC; 325 Washington Street, Suite A; Decorah, IA 52101).

*Mailed logs must be received by February 27th 2019 to be considered for the raffle prize. Emailed and online forms must be submitted by noon on March 1st 2019.

This free wellness opportunity is brought to you by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, and For questions contact Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, April Bril, at 563-382-6171 or