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County grabs top prize in Eastern Ontario active transportation challenge

July 26, 2021

Picton – Prince Edward County cycled, walked, and ran its way to first place in the recent Silver Chain Challenge.

From June 1-30, 738 participants in the County cycled 19,969 km and travelled 3,073 km on foot for a grand total of 23,042 km, holding off Renfew County for the title of the most active county in Eastern Ontario.

“Congratulations to all who participated, and thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic dedication to this initiative,” Mayor Steve Ferguson says. “Cycling, walking, and running are great ways to get around the County and experience the area in a more intimate way. The contest also reminds us of the importance of physical activity for both our physical and mental health.”

The County also had a strong showing in terms of overall participation. During June 738 people in the County registered and logged a bike ride, run or walk on the Silver Chain Challenge website. Nearly 3 per cent of the County’s population took part; no other Eastern Ontario municipality even reached 1 per cent.

The Silver Chain Challenge began six years ago with the goal of inspiring and promoting engaged, active, safe, and healthier communities. Over the last couple of years, the challenge has expanded beyond a competition between Lanark and Renfrew counties to include all 13 counties within Eastern Ontario.

Although the Silver Chain Challenge is over for this year, the County encourages everyone to stay active this summer. If you are out and about, please be aware of the rules of the road and make sure to wear an appropriate helmet when cycling. Furthermore, stay visible during all public exercise activity.

Visit the Silver Chain Challenge website to learn more about the competition.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Communications and Consultation Supervisor, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca.

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