Mission Mayor Pam Alexis participates in a walk Mission event. There are a series of events planned in june as part of the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge. / Submitted Photo

Mission being challenged to get active

ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge runs from May 31 to June 16

Mission will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from May 31 to June 16, in an effort to be named Canada’s Most Active Community.

ParticipACTION is awarding $150,000 to the community who rallies the most participants and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge period.

Additional $20,000 regional prizes can also be won.

A task group has been established – with members from the District of Mission Parks, Recreation & Culture Department, Fraser Health, the Mission Sports Council and the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association – to lead to charge to get Mission moving.

All residents and organizations are encouraged to participate. If Mission wins the Challenge the funds will go back to support local, active initiatives in Mission.

“Physical activity brings people together and builds stronger communities, this challenge is a great opportunity to kick start our community with something fun, healthy and positive. Download the app and join in,” said Mission Mayor Pam Alexis.

A webpage has been set up (missioninmotion.ca) listing events and activities in Mission during the challenge period. However, residents are encouraged to just get out and get active on their own.

It’s easy to participate, just download the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge app from the App Store or Google Play, register yourself and start tracking your minutes of exercise in the app. Participants will also be entered to win numerous individual prizes that will be awarded by ParticipACTION Canada.

Task Group member, Stephanie Key shared that “Several community wide events are taking place during the Challenge period and some are still in the works. To get started residents can join in the kick off event on June 1 at the Leisure Centre, the Bike Rodeo at Fraser River Heritage Park on June 2 and the downtown walks on June 13.

For a complete list, visit missioninmotion.ca and remember to use the hashtags #missionmoving or #communitybetterchallenge.

The Mission in Motion Kick Off event is set for Saturday June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mission Leisure Centre Curling Rink. The fitness community will come together to host a morning of fun fitness activities and challenges for all ages.

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