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Walkers, runners and bikers needed to help Roswell win contest
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
November 13, 2013 11:01 AM | 1233 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With miles and miles of trails, Roswell is a walker’s paradise. It’s also home to many dedicated runners as well as being a very bicycle-friendly city.

With all this in mind, city officials are asking residents to keep track of how many miles they actually put in on foot or a bike in the next six months and add the distances to the city’s team total in a new wellness initiative, See.Walk.Cities.

In this program, Roswell is competing with many other Georgia cities for a brand new piece of outdoor exercise equipment, said Morgan Rodgers, Roswell’s assistant director of recreation and parks.

The Georgia Municipal Association originated the contest.

“GMA is trying to get cities to get their populations outside a little more and get a little more fit, and nothing does that better than a little competition,” Rodgers said.

The number of miles walked, run or biked will go towards a city’s total. At the end of six months, GMA will declare a winner among the cities, based on the number of miles logged per capita. Roswell is in third place behind Dallas and Valdosta, Rodgers said.

The winning city will receive an outdoor fitness station and be able to lay claim to the title, “The Most Active City in Georgia.”

Rodgers said Roswell got a late start and rec and parks staff will be “hitting the streets” in the next few weeks to encourage participation.

“We want to do anything we can to promote this because we feel that Roswell residents really enjoy the outdoor amenities of their community,” he said.

Roswell residents can sign up by going to www.cmecompete.com/communities/see-walk-cities/.

Search for City of Roswell to join the team.

At the end of the year, the city with the highest number of points will win a Single-Air-Walker and free consultation regarding the installation of other outdoor fitness stations courtesy of Outdoor Fitness Concepts.

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