Employees of Davis Memorial Hospital and other local residents recently completed the fitness program, 100 Miles in 100 Days, completing 100 miles of a chosen aerobic activity within a 100-day span.
"People commit to make being active a part of their lives," said Marjory Moses, director of community wellness for DMH.
The program begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. On Wednesday, commemorative shirts were handed out at the hospital to participants who completed the journey.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Casey Houser
100 Miles in 100 Days organizer Marge Moses, right, celebrates the completion of the fitness program Wednesday with her daughter Kate Barger. The program begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day.
Each participant was allowed to use any form of aerobic activity he or she preferred. Running, walking, biking and swimming were among the popular choices.
Many participants have taken part in the program all seven years.
"People are more active since starting," Moses said. "That is our goal." Moses noted that one gentleman was able to lose 16 pounds this year.
In total, more than 75,000 miles were logged by 480 active residents.
Residents from Randolph, Upshur, Pocahontas, Tucker and Barbour counties joined the program in 2012.
Several area businesses were represented, including Davis Trust Company, the state Department of Transportation and Randolph County EMS.
The hospital-directed program is an adaptation of a similar event that was developed at the WVU Health Science Center called Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days.
Sign-ups for next year's program will begin May 1, 2013.
For more information, Moses can be contacted by phone at 304-637-3139 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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