The Oswegoland Park District’s Monday Miles community exercise program returned to Prairie Point Park in Oswego on Monday, June 4, with a new competitive edge. This year, over the 10 weeks of the program, the total miles clocked by participants in Oswego will be put against the miles walked or run by participants in the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Monday Miles program. The community that logs the most miles collectively will win the competition.
According to the Oswegoland Park District, on the first night of competition, the two towns walked a combined 178 miles - 44 in Glen Ellyn, and 134 in Oswego.
Started four years ago as a way to encourage and promote fitness outside of the park district’s marathon series, the Monday Miles program features two tracks - a one mile course around Prairie Point Park, and a three-mile course through the subdivisions behind the park: Ashcroft, Morgan Crossing, and Deerpath Creek.
“We wanted to offer something to families that they could do to promote fitness and get out,” Special Events Coordinator Amy Walters said. “It morphed into a very fun and social event for people all summer long.”
While some of the participants in Monday’s program were new, many like Crystal Robinson and her son, Connor, were returning. Having participated for three previous years of the program, Crystal said that the event served as a way to get Connor outside and active after undergoing a stem cell transplant.
“I thought it was a good way to get him outside, make him be a little active,” Robinson said. Coming at first with a wheelchair, the two would alternate between pushing Connor in the wheelchair, and having Connor walk, until he eventually built up the strength to run the course.
“It’s fun to see people come out, people we haven’t seen for a long time, and to make friends on a beautiful evening like this,” Robinson said.
Monday Miles are held every Monday for the next nine weeks at Prairie Point Park, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the shelter near the splash pad. Participation costs $2 a night, or $20 for the season. Those who participate in at least six Monday Miles will receive a commemorative 2018 T-shirt.