Central Launches 5th Annual 53-Mile Challenge

PELLA — Central College students, alumni, employees, family and friends are invited to participate in the fifth annual 53-Mile Challenge.

The 53-Mile Challenge encourages the Central community to practice a healthy lifestyle through movement. Participants can walk, run, bike or swim a total of 53 miles from Sunday, Feb. 18, until Hoo-Rah Day on Tuesday, April 10. Participants can show their Central spirit during the challenge by using #53MileChallenge on social media.

“This challenge is a great way for our larger Central family to gear up for Hoo-Rah Day – our annual day to show Central spirit,” says Mary Benedict, director of engagement. “Everyone can participate at some level and build excitement for Central while forming healthy habits.”

All who complete the challenge and return their participation sheet to Central’s advancement office by Thursday, April 11, will be entered into a drawing for prizes from the Spirit Shoppe. All 53 miles must be completed and logged to be eligible for prizes.

To register and print a mile log sheet, visit central.edu/alumni/challenge.

Completed challenge sheets may be emailed to Benedict at benedictm@central.edu. Sheets may also be mailed to or dropped off at Central’s Advancement Office in Central Hall, located at 812 University St., Campus Box 5200, Pella, Iowa 50219.


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