April showers bring May flowers…and Sole Power. Memorial Day is nearly here and that means it is time for the annual Sole Power Challenge, which turns seven years old this season. To date, 752 people have logged 27,471 trips and 175,821 miles (over 168,000 lbs. of carbon reduced). Sole Power Challenge is free and encourages active commuting in the Eagle Valley. Participants get outside, get fit, reduce our carbon footprint, save money and have fun. While the challenge starts on May 29, participants can log on to solepower.org
and keep track of the miles year-round.
The rules are simple, participants may count any "trip" as long as they have a destination and the ride, walk, run is not purely recreational. The goal is to use your “sole” power and support active transportation instead of motorized options, so if you would have otherwise driven, taken the bus, motorcycle or other motorized vehicle, the trip counts. Sole Power relies on the honor system and is a fun way to keep track of mileage throughout the year. The program runs from Memorial Day to Columbus Day with a couple of seasonal challenges within those dates.
This year, generous community sponsors have donated over $12,000 worth of prizes to be given away throughout the season. This includes stay-cation packages in Vail, gift cards to restaurants and bars, bike tunes, free and discounted happy hour events, T-shirts, custom messenger bags and commuting gear, and much more. The season will be capped off with a great end-of-season party.
Sole Power is free for all participants and is a major component of community health and environmental programs. The website’s tracking platform is also a great opportunity for wellness programs around the valley as well as an opportunity for friendly challenges between local businesses.
This year’s goal is to top 50,000 miles so whether you’re a veteran participant or want to do your first human-powered commute, join in and help meet the goal.
Check out the Eagle Valley Sole Power Facebook page, or follow on twitter or Instagram @EVSolePower. For more information, visit solepower.org
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org