Hub City 100 Miler Challenge rewards those who stay active
A 100-day program designed to encourage and reward participants for staying active returns on Friday, Jan. 10.
The annual Hub City 100 Miler Challenge runs through April 18, and sets a goal of exercising 20 minutes a day.
“There is a misconception that you have to do a 100 miles in one day,” said City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Division Recreation Coordinator Amy Riley. “It’s 100 days so the goal is to do one mile a day for 100 days.”
Riley said this is the seventh year for the event.
“We started the 100 Miler in 2014 when we learned Hagerstown was ranked the fifth-most obese metro area in the United States. So we felt as a department looking to create fitness and wellness in our community, the 100 Miler we created to fight obesity within the community and to keep people moving in the winter months when it’s easy to become idle,” Riley said.
Over the past seven years, Riley said the program has grown from about 650 participants in 2014 to 1300 participants in 2019.
“We’re hoping to at least reach what we did last year and maybe even garner some more participants for this year’s event,” Riley said.
She believes the event has grown in popularity for two reasons.
“First, it fits any age or fitness level and it’s very easy for beginners to do. Second, many companies sponsor the event and use it as their wellness initiative for their employees for the new year,” Riley said.
Kim Tagg, event coordinator for Herald-Mail Media, said this will be the third year the company has sponsored the event. She said the company averages about 150-200 participants each year.
“We feel it’s a great community event and wanted to be part of it,” Tagg said.
Cedar Ridge Children’s Home & School, Inc. has also sponsored the event for the past several years with about 16 people participating through the organization.
“We believe this is an easy way to promote a healthy lifestyle for our staff. It’s very low key and we don’t force anyone to participate,” said Beth Schroyer, an executive assistant at Cedar Ridge Children’s Home & School.
Registered “100 Milers” receive weekly e-newsletters offering motivation, inspiration, ways to get your miles in, opportunities to get connected, stay active, and win weekly and grand prizes over 14 weeks. Additional prizes will be awarded at the 100 Miler program’s kick-off event on Friday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Fit Room at Fairgrounds Park, located at 532 N. Cannon Ave.
This will be Tammy Giberson’s second year participating in the 100 Miler. Giberson, of Hagerstown, feels like a winner just for participating in the event. She said she started running to combat empty nest syndrome and lose weight.
“When the scale didn’t move for months, I had to refocus my ‘why.’ Being accountable in the 100 Miler on a daily basis shifted my focus on healthy lifestyles overall. Now exercise isn’t punishment for what I ate, but a celebration of what I’m able to achieve,” Giberson said.
“Ironically, that’s when I started losing weight. I’m using the challenge this year as training for a half marathon and I’m committed to doing a minimum of 300 miles.”
Giberson completed all of her 100 miles in 2019 on the C&O Canal Towpath.
“I enjoy the challenge of the towpath. It’s a great mix of gravel, dirt and sand. Rain, snow, or heatwave, I run,” Giberson said.
The Hub City 100 Miler program is open to anyone in the community and beyond, you don’t have to live in Hagerstown to register.
“You can live in the city, in the region or even in other states,” Riley noted. “One 100 Miler bought registrations for her family to be part of the 100 Miler in the new year and some of them live out of state.”
The woman Riley was referring to is Ann Corderman of Hagerstown. Corderman has never participated in the event before but this year decided to give registrations to the event to her family for the holiday.
“Each year, I kind of have a little theme to my family Christmas gifts ... and this year it was right about the time I was planning for Christmas that I found the information about this year’s Hub City 100 Miler. ‘Fitness Mom’ had her theme,” Corderman laughed.
The 74-year-old widow bought registrations for her daughter who lives in Columbia, Md.; her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, who live in Hagerstown; and for her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, who live in Fairfax, Va., and have also signed up their dog Mycala.
Corderman said most of this past year she and her daughter have been working on physical fitness goals like eating healthier, losing weight, being more active, etc. She said that is what led her to find the event online.
“So on Christmas morning I had a little presentation by the stockings, gave each family member a flyer and gift card, and challenged them all to join me in the Hub City 100 Miler,” Corderman said.
The program is self-reporting so each individual is responsible for keeping track of his or her own progress.
There are two ways to help 100 Milers track their progress: the paper miles tracking form or the virtual tracking portal, where participants can sync their Fitbit or digital tracking device to the “Challenge Runner” app, which will automatically track miles logged. The ultimate goal is one mile a day for 100 days.
Following the kickoff on Friday evening and Saturday, free fitness demo classes will be offered at the Fit Room at Fairgrounds Park.
To view a list of prize incentives, or to register online visit www.hagers townmd.org/hubcity100. Paper registration forms will be available at the kickoff event for those waiting to sign up onsite. Final deadline to register for the 100 Miler is Jan. 31. For more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 180.