Maricopa County Parks Challenge Participants to Trek Hundreds of Miles

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While everyone else in town is buzzing about looking for the best pumpkin spice latte and planning Halloween activities, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to launch their annual 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge on Monday, November 1.

With an inventory of more than 600-miles of trails, our parks and trails are a big draw for residents and visitors looking to get outside and enjoy the weather.

The 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge is a great way to learn about our diverse regional park system and jump-start the outdoor season in Maricopa County.

R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director

While the Challenge initially started as a centennial celebration in 2012, it has become a favorite annual program. The goal of the program is to log 100 miles in 100 days.

Last year, seven of the 653 individuals that completed the Challenge logged over 500-miles. And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, four participants logged more than 1,000-miles each! Collectively, those who participated in the Challenge logged 97,168-miles on County trails.  Most importantly, all who participated had a great time and connected with nature!

Knowing that it can be somewhat difficult to stay motivated during the holiday season, the department offers a community page on Facebook. Here, participants can share milestones, seek out trail recommendations, post photos, and join in on fun activities.

To learn more about the program and how you can become eligible for the grand prize drawing of an annual park pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $110), visit

The program runs through 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. 

So lace up your hiking boots or running shoes, dust off the mountain bikes, and saddle up those horses because the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge begins on November 1! For a list of County parks and additional information, visit

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