Get ready to pound the pavement this summer for Mayor Barrett’s 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge.

If you’re like us, you’d like to get more exercise. But it can be hard to hit fitness goals when no one is around to hold you accountable for them.

This summer, though, you can imagine Mayor Barrett glowering at you every time you opt to drive when you could have walked instead. Because, for the fourth year in a row, the major is spearheading a summer-long fitness initiative, the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge. As its name implies, the initiative was created to encourage Milwaukeeans to walk 100 miles in as many days.

Walkers trekking through the Urban Ecology Center in 2014; photo courtesy of the mayor’s office

According to the mayor’s office, the city’s 2016 Public Policy Forum found that obesity rates in Milwaukee are higher than the state and national average. And most Milwaukeeans aren’t exercising as much as doctors recommend. So Mayor Barrett is inviting residents to join him in making Milwaukee healthier.

When it comes to our health and wellness, he says, “movement matters.”

“My Walk 100 Challenge is one way to motivate people from all corners of Milwaukee to get out, get active, and have fun,” Barrett said. “Every step counts, and I’m looking forward to seeing people lace up their walking shoes this summer.”

The challenge begins June 1, with kick-off festivities at City Hall, and ends September 8. Participants can register for the program and track their progress on the city’s website. They can also see when upcoming walks will be taking place in their neighborhoods. And every walker who hits the hundred-mile mark will be eligible for the program’s prize drawing on September 8.

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So dust off that track suit, check the laces on your sneakers and fill up a water bottle. Ready, get set, go!