The NE150 Challenge was started by the Nebraska Sports Council in 2017, in conjunction with the Nebraska 150 Statehood Commission, as a way to use the 150-year statehood milestone as a rallying point to encourage Nebraskans to be more physically active.

The program has more than 5,000 participants who've collectively logged close to 885,000 miles walking, running, biking, paddling and/or exercising in their favorite way.

The Nebraska Sports Council plans to continue the program in 2018. Current participants will have their mileage re-set to zero, with old miles archived for easy access. The goal for 2018 is to increase participation to 10,000 and mileage to 2 million, said NE Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik.

Corporate also back

The NE150 Challenge Corporate is also returning. The membership program allows companies to compete against similar-sized companies for awards given annually as well as every four months. Corporate members also receive a promotional kit including shirts, posters, medals and window clings to create awareness and excitement at their worksite(s). The cost is $500, and there is no cost to individual employees to participate and use the website.

For info., email or call (402) 471-2544.

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