Hike Kilimanjaro with the Library!

Posted on October 26, 2020

by Greg Coulter

Challengers of all abilities and talents from around the world will embark upon a personal challenge to move along Kilimanjaro and forge friendships along the way. Virtual “base camps” staffed with Walk With a Doc physicians will provide encouragement on the virtual trail.

Get up and moving before the holidays! From November 14 to 28, participants will virtually trek Kilimanjaro by engaging in physical activities of their choice (walk, swim, run, garden–we don’t care, just move). Participants will take to streets, trails, safe spaces or in their homes and log activity on a virtual platform to show their progress.

How can you get involved? The La Porte County Public Library, with support from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, is sponsoring 10 participants in this Walk With a Doc challenge. Please register for this event to be sponsored. Registration ensures that you will receive your runner’s bib as well as access to the app to track your progress. Registrants will be contacted on November 9 to confirm their commitment to participate in the walking challenge.

The walking challenge goes from November 14 to 28. We’re going to walk off those holiday snacks and connect with our Walk family through this cool, interactive virtual platform. The Library is hosting a kick-off event on November 14, and we will learn how to use the Racery App to track our progress over the 14-day hike, log our first walk, and receive their race bib and other Walk With a Doc swag.

How far are participants asked to walk? Over the course of 14 days, participants are encouraged to cover 44 miles, the distance it takes to trek Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. But don’t let this target discourage you: you can set your goal however high you want. This challenge counts all kinds of exercise toward your goal–even yard work! Those who choose to walk all 44 miles can do so by walking just over 3 miles a day.

Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter

Greg is Community Engagement Librarian, a seventh-generation Hoosier, a historian, former poutine cook, and a celebrated vampire hunter (have you seen any vampires around here? No! You’re welcome). They enjoy reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.
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