Free Beat the Blues Winter “Marathon” Challenge Starts January 1st!

Free Beat the Blues Winter “Marathon” Challenge Starts January 1st for all of Northeast Iowa!

Don’t let the winter weather get you down! Instead, challenge your friends, your family and yourself to complete a full “marathon” worth of activities (or more!) between January 1st – February 12th 2020.

Run, walk, ski, snowshoe or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace when it works for you and your family -OR- play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage and submit online after each “marathon” you complete for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Decorah Bicycles to rent skis, ice skates, snowshoes or bikes!

The more “marathons” you complete, the more chances you have to win! More information can be found on UERPC’s Safe Routes to School webpage: http://uerpc.org/safe-routes.html

Thank You Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers!

Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Program recently hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for their Decorah Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers. This fall 19 volunteers led 6 Walking and 2 Biking routes, serving OVER 45 kids.  Four Walking School Bus groups are still walking in the colder weather!

Fall 2019 Volunteers in the photo (from left to right): Tristian Round, Michelle Barness, Rowan Collins, Nancy Sojka, Stephanie Garcia-Prats, Heidi Snell-Anderson, Brooke Joyce, Heather Levinson, Lisa Lensing and Julie Fischer.

Missing from the photo: Olivia Christensen, Lisa Lantz, Judy Moen, Rhonda Thompson, Melissa Koch,  High School Volunteer Rorie Wiedow and Green Iowa AmeriCorps members Briana Burke, Troy Downey, and Jessica Hegdahl

Anyone interested in learning more about the Walking and Biking School Bus Program can contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at abril@uerpc.org or visit the Decorah Walking and Biking School Bus Facebook Page.

Walking and Biking School Buses are back!

Walking Biking School Buses are back!  They are a great (and FREE!) way for TK-8th graders to make friends, build relationships with caring adults and stay active.  To sign your child up, express interest in starting a new route location, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at abril@uerpc.org or 563-382-6171.

It’s Walking and Biking Season!

Upper Exlporerland Regional Planning Commission’s Safe Routes to School Program is offering several Walking and Biking School Bus opportunities for Decorah students this spring.  Please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at abril@uerpc.org or visit our Facebook Page to learn about volunteer opportunities or how to register your child!

 

 

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 WalkingNEIowa.org.

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 WalkNEIowa.org to complete the online Mileage Log Survey OR download a hardcopy of the Mileage Log Form. Downloaded forms can be returned via email (abril@uerpc.org) 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 WalkNEIowa.org. For questions contact Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, April Bril, at 563-382-6171 or abril@uerpc.org.

Students and Volunteers Invited to join the Walking School Bus and Biking Club!

 

Walking School Buses (WSB) are a great way for TK-2nd graders to make friends and stay active!  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) will be offering several WSB opportunities this school year (see above map).

The Biking Club is a fun way to get out on the bike trail before and after school on the Wednesdays in September! Students bike with an adult volunteer from Freeport Park OR the corner of Rural Ave./Ridgewood Dr. to school in the morning and then bike back after school (see below map). If a student can’t make it in the morning but can in the afternoon (or vice versa), that’s alright…just let us know! Those interested in joining the Biking Club need to register by noon on August 31st

To sign your child up for the Biking Club any of the WSB routes, express interest in starting a new route location, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact SRTS Coordinator April Bril at abril@uerpc.org or 563-382-6171 ASAP or check out our NEW Facebook Group: Decorah Walking and Biking School Bus Program.

May Biking Club and Walking School Bus Opportunities

Attention Parents:  Check out these FREE wellness opportunities offered through Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Program.

May Biking Club Sign up is due ASAP- It’s a great way for our kids to take advantage of our beautiful bike trail and freshen up their biking safety skills before summer! We have added a Rural Ave./Ridgewood Dr. meeting location for students who have better access to that area and want to join!

Walking School Buses (WSB) are a wonderful way for K-2nd graders to burn some energy. SRTS currently has volunteer led routes that walk kids from Mechanic St. and the Flats Neighborhood to John Cline 5 days a week, all school year long (yes, even in the winter!). A Friday after school WSB route, going from John Cline to the west side of town, will start on April 13th.

If you want more information about any of our programs or want to get your child involved but don’t see a route near you, contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at abril@uerpc.org.

Decorah Walking/Biking School Bus Spring and Fall 2017

Looking for a great way to exercise and develop friendships? Decorah Walking/Biking School Bus Spring and Fall 2017 are looking for more students to join and adults to volunteer!

Email Safe Routes to School Associate, April Bril (abril@uerpc.org) or check out http://uerpc.org/safe-routes.html for more information.

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon – Now through Feb 12th

The Challenge: Complete a full marathon (or more!)—26 miles!—between December 10th, 2016 and February 12th, 2017. Run, walk, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage on the Mileage Log.

Final Mile Party: Sunday, February 12th, 3:15-4:30pm at West Side Elementary and Wayside Ice Skating Rink in Decorah. Join us for a walk from West Side to Wayside for fun outdoor activities, games, snacks, and raffle prizes! This party is free and open to everyone, even if you didn’t complete a marathon.

ULTRA Marathon Challenge: See how many marathons you can complete during the program! Challenge yourself! Fill as many logs as you can!

Raffle Prizes: Complete one or more marathon mileage logs for a chance to win some great prizes! The more marathons you complete, the more chances you have to win! Prizes include: Pair of Snow Shoes (Decorah Bicycles), Free Canoe/Kayak Rentals (Hutchinson Family Farm Campground), Free Camping at Lake Meyer (Winneshiek County Conservation), Free Admission Punch Passes to the following: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Public Swimming Pool, Northeast Iowa YMCA, and Waukon Wellness Center

Mileage Log Pick-up Starting December 10th:
Download your mileage log at: http://www.winneshiekwild.com/images/Winter%2016-17%20Logbook.pdf
Pick up your mileage log at: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Northeast Iowa YMCA, or Waukon Wellness Center

Mileage Log Return:
In person: Final Mile Party on February 12th
Email: abril@uerpc.org
Mail: April Bril UERPC, 325 Washington St., Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101
*Emailed/mailed logs must be received by Friday, February 10th to be considered for prizes

Thanks to our Sponsors: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Decorah Park and Recreation, Gundersen Health System, Hutchinson Family Farm Campground, Northeast Iowa YMCA, and Waukon Wellness Center