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On your mark, get set, go! County ready to defend active community title

May 25, 2022

Mayor Steve Ferguson is calling on the community to step up in a quest to win a second consecutive Silver Chain Challenge as the most active community in Eastern Ontario.

Last year, registered 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. More than 725 people in Prince Edward County registered and logged a bike ride, run or walk on the Silver Chain Challenge website.

“Even though it was our first year participating in this friendly competition, the results were incredible. Our community’s love for getting outdoors and enjoying a bike ride, walk, run or hike really shined through,” Mayor Ferguson says. “I am confident that we can do even better this year and keep the Silver Chain right here in Prince Edward County.”

The Silver Chain Challenge began seven 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.

From June 1-30, residents can log the kilometres they have travelled by bike or on foot. A real-time bar graph of kilometres clocked will be displayed online showing which municipality is the most active. The community with the most kilometres at the end of the month will receive the Silver Chain and bragging rights.

Residents of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can participate in this initiative. Register today and start clocking your kilometres on June 1. With benefits to mental and physical health, we will see a healthier and stronger community and economy.

The Silver Chain Challenge promotes healthy and safe active transportation. Be visible when you bike, walk, run or wheel on our roads and trails. Learn the rules of the road, wear a cycling appropriate helmet and find out more about safety for cyclists of all ages.

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

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