Join the Stettler Walk ‘n’ Roll Challenge

Residents encouraged to walk or bike to their destinations

Last summer, Stettler was the Walk ‘n’ Roll Champ in a friendly challenge against Ponoka and Wainwright.

Ponoka and Wainwright have stated that they really don’t want that to happen again and are “out for friendly blood!”

In the first few days of the competition, Wainwright has taken an early lead. So the challenge is on!

“The Walk ‘n’ Roll Challenge, now in its third year, is a friendly competition to see which town can register the most destinations reached via walking or biking (or any non-motorized means…scooter, horse, camel). It runs from May 1st to August 31st,” said Grace Fix, vice-chair of the Heartland Beautification Committee.

Beginning May 1st, the total trips will be calculated in each town and the winning town will receive the Walk ‘n’ Roll trophy and bragging rights on all media for that month. The monthly winner of the three towns will be announced at the end of May, again at the end of June and the end of July with the best Walk ‘n’ Roll town being declared after August 31st.

“Stettler area residents should register their trips at www.stettler.net . All that counts is that the resident has decided to walk or bike to a destination and leave his/her car at home that trip. The distance of the trip is not important. The ‘to’ and ‘from’ the destination count as two qualifying trips,” explained Fix.

Registering is very quick: your name, your town, and the number of trips, preferably each week but anytime during each month is fine.

Stettler participants will be eligible for a draw each week for a fun Walk ‘n’ Roll ‘I’m Just Less Driven’ t-shirt.

“We know that there are already lots of walkers and bikers out there, so please register your trips!”

This program is not about going for a walk or bike ride for pure exercise.

It is about using walking and biking as the means of transportation to a destination.

“With the winning town being announced each month, we are hoping for a fun, friendly, back and forth competition as the summer progresses,” said Fix.

The goal of the challenge is to encourage residents to consider a habit of sometimes walking and biking as an easy means of transportation. Stettler is a very walkable and cyclable town. Distances are not great. The terrain is flat. And our trail system is excellent.

“Walking and biking is great for our health, great for the air that we breathe, and great for our planet.”

The Walk ‘n’ Roll Challenge is spearheaded by the Heartland Beautification Committee

For more information, contact stettlerbeautification@gmail.com or phone 403-742-4411.

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