50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge

50 Miles in 50 Days
Mayor Michael Fournier and the Royal Oak City Commission are encouraging individuals and families to lead healthier lifestyles with a 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge that begins on April 15, 2017 in Royal Oak.

"One of the things Royal Oak has in common with the most vibrant cities in the world is that it's very walkable," said Mayor Fournier. "This spring, I am asking you to 'step it up' and experience all of the exciting things Royal Oak has to offer on foot."

Self-guided walking adventure maps, community walks and a token gift for participants are all in the works. 

Why Walk?

The goals of the challenge are:

  • Encourage urban activities that explore art, history and nature and highlight Royal Oak as a walkable community
  • Foster a sense of community around health and wellness activities
  • Instill the idea that participation in healthful activities is fun and easily incorporated into a daily routine
Walking Adventure Maps
50 Miles in 50 Days - Jun 1 Community Walk

Community Walks

Join the mayor and members of the city commission and explore Royal Oak's amazing network of parks on June 1 from 6-8  p.m.

We'll meet at VFW Park (Lincoln and Campbell) at 6 p.m. and walk to Dondero Park (Owana and Dondero) and back. Enjoy the refurbished athletic facilities (basketball, tennis & baseball), do crafts and more!

Everyone that joins us at Dondero Park will receive free bike reflectors and Royal Oak ID tags.

For those who have walked 50 miles since April 15, stop by the Dondero Park event and pick up your reward -- a complimentary water bottle!

Community walks are your opportunity to get outdoors and walk and talk with your elected officials.

Oakland County Parks & Trails

Don't limit your walking activity to Royal Oak. Oakland County's parks and trails offer heart-healthy activities that encourage family communication and offer opportunities for outdoor learning.

Learn more about the county's network of trails and pathways.

Notify Me

The 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge begins on April 15, 2017 and ends June 3, 2017.  

Sign up for updates on the 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge, by text or email, here.

"Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment."

 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Meet Romi

Romi, a perky rescue dog, is Royal Oak's new adorable mascot. He was chosen because he loves to go for walks and, well, he sort of looks like the map of Royal Oak. Romi will be joining the mayor and city commission on the community walks so please stop by and meet him!
Carrot App

Track Your Miles 

NEW! Smartphone users can now track their miles using the Carrot Wellness app. Click here to find out how.

Participants can also track their miles at SuperTracker.usda.gov/join and enter the access code: 0H61-OPJ3.

If you don't want to use the online SuperTracker, you can download a printable walking log here.
Water Bottle Gift

Surprises, Giveaways & Rewards

The real reward of this challenge is a healthier you! That said, we know that it doesn't hurt to offer a few perks.

Walk 50 Miles

Everyone that walks 50 Miles will receive a water bottle courtesy of Ultimate Fun Runs and the Royal Oak Community Coalition.

Community Walks

Everyone that participates in a community walk will receive a reflector ID tag for your pet, (Also suitable for coat zippers, backpacks and key chains.)
Dog Tag