Participants seek to again best Glen Ellyn Park District in total miles
Ten weeks of weekly running, walking and rolling began on Monday evening, June 3, as the Oswegoland Park District’s popular Monday Miles program returned to Prairie Point Park in Oswego.
Started five years ago to encourage fitness, the program became competitive last summer when the park district challenged the Glen Ellyn Park District to determine which community’s program participants could collectively log the most total miles over a 10-week period.
The estimated 180 participants in Prairie Point Park Monday evening logged a total of 348 miles, 170 more than were logged on the event’s first night last year. In comparison, Glen Ellyn only recorded 56 miles on Monday.
“We try not to pay attention to the score, mostly because we did a really sound competition with them,” Special Events Supervisor Kristie Vest said. “It was their first year, and it was our fourth; we had built up a crowd in place. We thought because we had done such a good job getting miles, and they [Glen Ellyn] were still finding their place, they probably would not do it again this year, but they surprised us, they said ‘Oh, we love it, and we’re going to come back and beat you this year.’”
The courses were changed this year, and the event was changed to a no charge event, thanks to the support of a local business.
“We’ve had a lot of involvement in the past four years, and the only thing that stopped some people was walking in the park feels like it should be free to everyone,” Vest said. “We can’t argue with that.”
In past years, the proceeds from a $2 registration fee went to cover the costs of staffing, to direct participants and make sure that everyone remains safe, but thanks to business support, the costs were underwritten and covered.
The program will be conducted every Monday for the next nine weeks at 6:30 p.m. at Prairie Point Park, off Plainfield Road, starting at the shelter near the splash pad.
Those who participate in at least eight Monday Miles will receive a commemorative 2019 T-shirt.