2009 24 Hour Challenge

Taken from the Wiki site I used in 2009:

Welcome to Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge! Page updated 5-03-09

What physical activity do you like to do? Do you like to run, walk, bike, rollerblade, etc? The purpose of this challenge is to encourage Stewartville's youth to get out and be active. By being a part of Mr. Parry's Endurance challenge, you are showing others that you are committed to an active, healthy lifestyle. Having a lifetime physical activity is an important part of that lifestyle. You do not have to do this alone. Find a buddy to work out with or join a team. What will you do to show your committment to your health? Endurance means the ability to deal with strain or stress - in this case, the ability to put up with the physical stress of exercise. How will you challenge yourself to endure?

How Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge works

The challenge itself is pretty easy. All participants are asked to make the decision to be active and make it a priority in their lives. Prove this by going to the sign-up page on the left and add your name to the list. Anyone can sign up! Both students and adults are encouraged to be a part of this challenge. There is no cost to you at all. You just need to be willing to put in a little effort. Participants are asked to log or record a total of 24 hours or more of physical activity from March 2nd through 8:30am on May 8th. This is not 24 continuous hours, but a total of 24 hours over the next 10 weeks. On average, that means about 2 1/2 hours of physical activity per week or the equivalent of 1/2 hour a day, 5 days a week. You can run, walk, bike, hike, rollerblade - pretty much anything that gets you moving counts. Then, fill out the activity log. If you don't have an activity log, simply record your time spent moving on a calendar or in a notebook. The point is that you need to record it somewhere. Again - you can use any physical activity time - that means you can record the time you are actually moving around in PE class or the time you walk to school. That's it!!! Pretty simple. Then, if you choose to do so, you can come out on May 7-8 while Mr. Parry completes his challenge. See below for more info about Mr. Parry's challenge for himself.

Mr. Parry's Challenge for himself

I run, so running is how I will challenge myself. I will be logging my miles ran and walked from now until May 8th on this page. Look for Mr. Parry's log on the left. Next comes the more difficult part for me - my challenge to endure. I will run/walk for 24 straight hours to show my commitment to this challenge. From 8:30am on May 7th until 8:30am on May 8th, I will be running laps around Stewartville, attempting to cover as many miles as I can. See the Course Map tab on the left. Will I be able to do this? I don't know, but I am going to try. I believe that one doesn't know what he/she is truly capable of unless they attempt to accomplish something beyond what they think they can do.

Lastly, please join me sometime during my run on May 7-8. I'm sure that I will need the encouragement. You can run with me for a bit if you like, or you can simply cover the 4 mile route yourself or with friends or family. Participation on May 7-8 is not required to be a part of this challenge, but I would love to see you out there! Cover as much or as little of the course around Stewartville as you like. Contact me at jparry@ssd.k12.mn.us if you have any questions or would like me to contact you with any updates to Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge. Check back here to see who else has signed up, to edit your information, and for any updates.