Get Out and Get Active! Every Mile Counts! Take the 165 Mile Challenge
May 1 - November 1

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St. Luke’s University Health Network (St. Luke’s) and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) are partnering to bring the community a family fun initiative — Get Your Tail on the Trail! The “trail” is the nearly continuous 165-mile D&L Trail which begins in Mountaintop, PA, runs along the Lehigh River, and eventually follows the Delaware River all the way south to Bristol, PA. Go here to see a map!

By linking St. Luke’s healthy lifestyle expertise with the recreational and heritage leadership of D&L, members of our community can participate in scheduled challenges and events on their way to achieving their personal goals of health, fitness and fun.

Using St. Luke’s and D&L’s commitment to our community, our goal is to connect people to the outstanding opportunities along the D&L Trail while increasing health awareness and improving the health status of the community. This partnership provides individuals and families with nutrition and exercise programs which create and promote a culture of personal wellness and a sense of community.

Find Out More About Get Your Tail on the Trail by reading these Frequently Asked Questions!

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2015 CHALLENGE

MINI-35 KICKOFF CHALLENGE

Begin your 165 Mile Challenge with the Mini-35 Kickoff Challenge. To help you get started, we are challenging you to log-in 35 miles between May 1 and June 10!

Attend our first Get Your Tail on the Trail event on June 13, 10 am – 12 pm, in Hugh Moore Park, Easton, and your Mini-35 Kickoff Challenge prize will be waiting for you to pick up at the event!

We understand some participants may be unable to attend the June event to pick up their mini-challenge milestone prize so we are offering an alternative day/time for our participants to pick up their milestone prize: Friday June 19, 2015, 11 am – 3 pm at the St. Luke’s Community Health office located at 1530 8th Avenue, Suite 102 in Bethlehem.

If you cannot attend this event or the alternative date for prize pick-up, please consider that as the season progresses we will be providing other incentives for successful completion of additional mini-challenges.

We know that exercise protects the body against risks of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, but exercise also helps your brain, calms your nervous system and sharpens your mind.

So, welcome to the first part of the 2015 Get Your Tail on the Trail 165 Mile Challenge!

Get out and get active. For your body… for your mind… for your health!

See you on the trail!

165 MILE CHALLENGE

The 2015 165 Mile Challenge begins May 1 and runs until November 1. You can complete the 165 Mile Challenge by walking, biking or running on your own trails while you are on vacation, at the beach, etc. We encourage you to use the D&L Trail to complete the challenge but you have the ability to track your miles manually on whatever trails you choose. Check out our new Trail Tracker with additional indoor and outdoor activity options for you to track your miles!

Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, watch for email announcements of our events to keep you motivated, prizes to incentivize your Challenge, and opportunities to get out and learn more about history, nature and health promotion.

Go to the Events page to learn more about these fun opportunities to complete some of your miles while getting active with others enrolled in the Challenge.

Whether you walk lightly or run marathons, every mile counts! If you want to “up” your game and enhance your Challenge, try setting weekly goals.

For more information, download the flyer.

Get out and get active. For your body… for your mind… for your health!

See you on the trail!

Take the 165 Mile Challenge

Trail Tracker
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Events

Join St. Luke’s and D&L leaders and other members of the community in a celebration of health and fitness. Come out for these fun events that include health, fitness, nature and history facts. Free giveaways, snacks and more.

165 MILE CHALLENGE EVENTS
Special Events
Event Date Event Time Event Description Event Location Special Note
Saturday,
August 1, 2015
10 am – 12 pm Rollin’ on the Rail Trail Upper Saucon Township Community Park, Center Valley For more information, click here.

Saturday,
October 17, 2015
10 am – 12 pm Fall Frolic Along the Towpath Lehigh Street, Walnutport For more information, click here.

approved event

Tail on the Trail Approved Events

Event Date Event Time Event Description Event Location Special Note
Saturday,
October 17, 2015
8 am (Registration) The Walnutport Canal 17th Annual Towpath Trot Walnutport, PA For more information, click here.

Sunday,
November 1, 2015
8 am D&L Half Marathon Run/Walk Northampton Recreation Center Registration opens
in April. For more information, click here.

RSVPs for events are encouraged. You can RSVP by calling St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).

News

Get Your Tail On The Trail Wins National Recognition
NationalAwardSeal-smallLehigh Valley, PA (5/21/2015) — Get Your Tail on the Trail, the community-based initiative geared to promoting outdoor fitness activities in a family fun environment, recently was recognized by American Trails, the national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests.

At the 2015 International Trails Symposium held May 17-20 in Portland, OR, Get Your Tail on the Trail won American Trails’ “Trails for Health Award” for recognizing a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.

The program was created in 2013 by Elissa Garofalo, Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Dr. Bonnie Coyle, St. Luke’s Director of Community Health and Kenneth Szydlow, Vice President of Marketing for St. Luke’s University Network in an effort to get families off their couches and onto ways to exercise more.

The 165 miles of scenic trails that makes up the D&L Corridor seemed a natural location in which to base a family friendly fitness initiative.

Get Your Tail on the Trail was a hit from the get-go.

The initial 165 mile challenge was launched in May 2013 with the thinking that 250 people participating in the program would mark the program as a success. In the first six months of the program, 2,455 people signed up. They logged 255,392 miles.

Further development of the program saw bike and hike outings, school field trips, barge rides, health fairs, history walks and more.

Currently, Get Your Tail on the Trail has 4,870 participants who have logged 1,124,295.62 miles.

To learn more, read the articles from the Morning Call and WFMZ.


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One mile at a time.

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