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Get Up and Ride National Bike Challenge

National Bike Challenge- LZX PhotoWith spring now upon us, many people are looking for ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors. What if you could do something that’s not only fun, but also good for your health and the environment? Look no further, because now is the time to join the 2012 Get Up & Ride Bike Challenge. This challenge, organized by the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Endomondo, is a great way to encourage people to ditch their vehicles and use their bikes both recreationally as well as their main form of transportation. It’s free to anyone who lives in the United States or is employed with an organization that has U.S. employees.

From May 1 to August 31, participants can log their journeys. The process is extremely easy. First, you join the challenge. You can do this by clicking here. From here, you’ll begin to track your miles! There are two ways to go about it:

  • Endomondo App: If you have a smart phone, you may download the Endomondo App free of charge. This app tracks your routes, tells you how many calories you burn, notes change in elevation, and records your average speed. Another great feature is that is pauses when you are stopped as to not affect your average speed. This app can also be used for other activities such as running, skiing, swimming, and more!

*Note: Anything logged by the app will automatically translate to your online account.

  • Online Endomondo Account: Riders may also log their ride by signing into their Endomondo accounts and manually entering their ride with the websites riding log entry. Looking for extra support and encouragement? You are also able to complete this challenge in teams. Whether it is a group of coworkers, members from your organization, or just family and friends, this is a great way to promote a healthy lifestyle with those around you.

Still not quite motivated? What if we tell you there are prizes involved? Everyone who is a part of this challenge is entered into the prize program. Each time a rider logs their distance for a given day, they start accumulating challenge points. When you reach a certain level, you are automatically entered into the prize drawing. Click here for more information on the prizes and how the challenge points work.

Even if you decide to take this challenge on by yourself, you’re still far from alone. To date, almost 22,000 people have joined this challenge logging over 1.1 million miles. To put this into an even bigger perspective, they have helped the environment by saving over 1 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide and cumulatively, these riders have also saved over 224,000 dollars.

The Endomondo website provides many helpful resources. It’s also a great way for members to see how others are doing. The leaderboard shows how individual riders, teams, workplaces, communities, and states are progressing. It also allows riders to leave comments to each other. Many people take this time to share their stories and leave encouraging thoughts to other members.

Whether it’s a ride to work or school or just a fun ride with your family and friends, this challenge is a good way to make a difference in your life. May is National Bike Month, a great opportunity to be a part of a powerful movement. It’s time to start pedaling.

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