May the power of your Sole be with you! Memorial Day is nearly here and that means it is time for the annual Sole Power Challenge, with title sponsor, Bosch. To date, nearly 1,000 people have logged 209,709 miles. 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 Monday, May 27, participants can log on to www.solepower.org and track miles year-round. 2018 was a great year for Sole Power with nearly 47,000 miles logged and over 43,000 pounds of carbon reduced. The program is a great opportunity for businesses and individuals to improve personal wellness and do their part for climate action.
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 prizes such as hotel stays, free yoga classes, 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 grand prize this year is an electric bicycle, brought to you by Bosch. The season will be capped off with a great end-of-season party. Prizes will be given away each week throughout the season. Don’t worry if you’re not a ‘leader;’ anyone who has logged a trip that week will be eligible for a prize.
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.