Troll The Trail Community Wellness Challenge

A virtual bike, run or walk event to promote health, fitness and wellbeing.

 

Troll the Trail is a virtual wellness challenge for all ages and all fitness levels. Challenge yourself this to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors. The ultimate goal of Troll The Trail is to bring people together and achieve hundreds or even thousands of miles on the Riverside Park Trail System during the month of September.

What is a virtual event?

Troll The Trail is not a race or competition, but rather a month-long event to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. As a virtual event, you get to set your own goal:  miles, hours or steps. Plus, you get to decide what activity you want to do on the trail:  bike, run or walk… or some combination of them all. Track your progress or don’t… the goal is to give you a reason to get out and enjoy the awesome trail system.

Register as an individual or as a team!

Organize a team and do a challenge of 100, 200 or 500 miles… incentivize participation with your own team awards and encourage your co-workers to get out and get active. Maybe your goal is to lose weight, count steps (a pedometer would be a big help!) or lay down mile after mile.

If you prefer, you can participate as an individual, too. Individuals can set whatever goal they decide. Again, the point is to be active and have fun!

Why register?

Your registration fee profits help fund the Riverside Park Trail System that is maintained by the Vinton Off Road Cyclists (VORC). VORC volunteers work to maintain and improve existing trails, build new trails, and beautifying the trail system (benches, bike/trail features, bridges, plants/flowers for erosion control, etc.). There is so much we want to do to improve our trail system and to make Vinton a destination stop for mountain bike enthusiasts.

 

REGISTER TODAY!

 

  • Registration is $30 per person.
    • Group registration with discounts for 10 or more is available.
    • Please send us an EMAIL with your name and phone number and a VORC representative will contact you with details for groups.
  • DOWNLOAD and complete a printed form
    • (Forms are also available at the Vinton Parks & Recreation Department office). On-line registration will be available in a few weeks!
  • SAVE $5 with Early Bird Registration!
    •  Register on or before July 21st for the discounted price of $25.00.
  • All registration ends on August 31, 2017.
  • All registered participants will receive a sweet “Troll the Trail” medal available for pick-up from the VORC tent at Vinton’s Boomfest on Saturday, August 26, 2017!
  • Troll the Trail t-shirts and additional merchandise will be available for purchase soon!
  • Join the Troll the Trail Facebook group page for event postings and updates

Get a cool medal!

All registered participants get one of these sweet medals!

WHEN

Starts: September 1st, 2017

Ends:  September 30th, 2017

ANYTIME! It’s up to you. Whenever it works best for you.

 

WHERE

ANYWHERE! We are encouraging all participates to use the Riverside Park Trail system but you can put the miles in anywhere; your neighborhood sidewalks, around town, or even the Old Creamery Nature Trail. You decide – just get outside!

 

WHO

EVERYONE – all ages and fitness levels. Make it more fun and participate as a business group or invite others to join you.

Click to download the registration form (PDF)

FAQ

What is Troll the Trail Wellness Challenge?

Troll the Trail is a virtual wellness challenge for our community to get off the couch and outside in nature this summer. The ultimate goal is to achieve hundreds or even thousands of miles on the trails together as a community during the month of September. Let’s make this the wellness community centered tradition everyone will want to be involved in year after year.

What is a virtual event?

Troll The Trail is not a race or competition, but rather a month-long event (Sept. 1 — Sept. 30) to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. As a virtual event, you get to set your own goal:  miles, hours or steps. Plus, you get to decide what activity you want to do on the trail:  bike, run or walk… or some combination of them all. Track your progress or don’t… the goal is to give you a reason to get out and enjoy the awesome trail system.

Is this a fundraiser?

Yes, your registration fee proceeds will be donated to VORC (Vinton Off Road Cyclist) Riverside Trail System maintenance fund which includes: maintaining and improving existing trails, building of additional trails, and beautifying the trails (bike/trail features, bridges, pretty plants/flowers, benches etc.). There is SO MUCH we want to do to improve our trail system for everyone to enjoy!

Who can participate?

EVERYONE is encouraged to participate – all ages and all fitness levels are welcome. It’s a great way to stay motivated and get physical activity in the great outdoors! Invite your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers to participate with you. It’s a great opportunity for businesses to have their employees participate in a community event, get physical activity, and can make it more fun by creating a group goal or even an internal competition. 

How do I register?

It’s easy! Registration to participate is $30.  To register complete a printed registration form and return it to VPRD office with the registration fee. VPRD office is located at the Recreation Center, 701 A St E, Vinton, IA  52349 (Regular Office Hours are Mon – Fri 8:00AM – 4:30PM). Please make checks payable to: VORC (Vinton Off Road Cyclist).

Registrations are due before August 31, 2017 to receive a finishers medal. Sorry, no refunds.

Early Bird Registration: Complete your registration on or before July 21 for the discounted price of $25.

***On-line and Group/Team registration will be available soon. 

When will I receive my sweet Troll the Trail finishers medal?

Visit us at Vinton’s Boomfest on Saturday, August 26 from 10-4 to pick up your medal. Look for our tent that will be set up in downtown Vinton for the day.

How do I participate?

The concept is simple, you set yourself a personal mileage or activity time goal to bike, run and/or walk to be completed between September 1st and September 30th. You can even make it more challenging for yourself by completing a goal for multiple types of activities. Then all you need to do is get started and track your progress. The main point is to CHALLENGE YOURSELF, HAVE FUN and successfully COMPLETE YOUR GOAL.

Where do I go to participate?

All participants are encouraged to bike, run or walk on the Riverside Park Trail system. Or even enjoy other local trails – Old Creamery Trail, Cedar Valley Nature Trail, or Roger’s Park Nature Trail. As much as we would love for everyone to experience our Riverside Trail System, you are not required to use these specific trails to participate. This is your wellness challenge therefore your mileage or activity time can be completed ANYWHERE you choose – around your neighborhood or work place or even indoors on a treadmill or stationary bike. You decide. It’s your challenge

The Riverside Upper (Singletrack) trailhead is located just behind home plate at Lion’s Field. Enter the Riverside Lower (Multipurpose) trailhead on the north side at the base of the sledding hill. The map is available to view at: http://ridevinton.com/.

How many miles or how much activity time do I need to complete?

There’s no minimum or maximum distance or activity time requirement. The goal of this event is to involve everyone of all fitness levels to get off the couch and get some physical activity. It’s your challenge, do it your way. You could; Run or walk the distance of a 5K, 10K or ½ Marathon OR Bike 25, 50, 100 or even 500 OR Run or walk 15, 30 or 60 minutes 5 days a week OR Bike for 30, 60, or 90 minutes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Just be sure to set yourself a realistic goal.

Do I have to complete my miles or activity time goal(s) all at once?

It’s up to you. Complete the distance or activity time goal(s) all at one time (if that’s your personal challenge) or spread it out over the month of September. It is your own personal challenge- you decide! You can even participate with a group or create a competition amongst friends, family, neighbors or co-workers. Business owners and leaders – challenge your employees and create a fun way to encourage physical activity.

 Can I still complete my miles or activity time before or after the challenge dates?

Yes, you most definitely can! We will honor any miles or activity time that come in before or after the event dates. You can complete your goal(s) ANYTIME and whenever it works best for you. Be sure to share your progress!

 How do I track my miles or physical activity time?

All you do is log your miles or activity time throughout the event on a free app such as the Nike app, Strava, MapMyFitness, Walk Tracker, Garmin Connect or any GPS app or device. If you don’t want to download an app, you can easily track your miles manually with a pedometer and log it on paper or in a notebook. We have created a free printable log sheet available for you to use.

How do I post my progress?

We’d LOVE to see your progress photos! Take selfies before, during or after your activity – safely of course. Post your photos to our Troll the Trail Group Facebook timeline or use the hashtags #ridevinton and #trollthetrail on your own Facebook, Instagram or YouTube page. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see all of the Troll the Trail participant’s photos and posts.

Do I submit my finish distance or activity time?

You can screen shot or share your biking, running or walking app miles/time on the Troll the Trail Group timeline, take a picture of your log sheet and share it to the Troll the Trail Facebook Group timeline or email us your photos at ridevinton@gmail.com. We’d love to see your smiling face selfies with your Troll the Trail medal and swag.

Where do I get my Troll the Trail T-shirts and other swag?

COMING SOON! Online ordering! We are working on a “Troll the Trail” store where you can purchase t-shirts and other apparel/products to promote our community wellness challenge accomplishments this summer. Note, this is separate from the event registration process. All products purchased in the TTT store will be sent directly to you.

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