Hikers enjoy a summer day on Emerald Mountain in June 2013. Steamboat Springs ranked high in a fitness challenge last month in which participants strived to log at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

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Hikers enjoy a summer day on Emerald Mountain in June 2013. Steamboat Springs ranked high in a fitness challenge last month in which participants strived to log at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

Steamboat Springs ranks high in fitness challenge results

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Winning cities based on level of participation

Large cities

1-Boulder

2-Longmont

3-Fort Collins

4-Arvada

5-Lakewood

Medium-sized cities

1-Steamboat Springs

2-Golden

3-Littleton

4-Frederick

5-Lafayette

Small cities

1-Elizabeth

2-Kiowa

3-Morrison

4-Black Hawk

5-Dillon

— With its reputation as an active city on the line, Steamboat Springs certainly didn't back down.

Residents here last month logged 485 workouts and reportedly burned 2.2 million calories in the LiveWell Colorado Get Movin' Challenge, according to results released Thursday.

That's almost 4,000 Big Macs worth of calories.

Or 3,400 Whoppers.

Or 2,590 Baconators.

More importantly, 151 Steamboat residents joined thousands of other Coloradoans who tried to spend at least 30 minutes per day last month being physically active.

Steamboat's level of participation in the program earned it the title of top medium-sized municipality.

The city topped other medium-sized municipalities including Golden, Littleton, Frederick and Lafayette in the challenge.

With 88 of 1,358 residents participating, the town of Elizabeth was named the most active in the challenge.

Oak Creek's 10 participants logged 19 workouts and burned 676,623 calories while Hayden's four participants logged eight workouts and burned 31,608 calories, according to a press release from LiveWell.

Statewide, 131,677 hours of physical activity were logged by 6,697 participants.

About 249,178 miles were logged in the challenge, enough to travel the globe 10 times, according to the release.

Coloradans logged their activity in activities ranging from running and gym workouts to martial arts, dancing and hill running.

In promotions for the challenge, LiveWell cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics that show only 52 percent of adults in Colorado log the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

“The goal is to get people out and moving,” LiveWell Northwest Colorado community coordinator Barb Parnell told the Steamboat Today before the challenge started.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

Comments

Lee Cox 5 months, 2 weeks ago

As a participant, I watched the stats through the month, and Steamboat ended up with an average workout of LESS than 30 minutes. That means that many who signed up did not fulfill the challenge of doing 30 minutes a day for 30 days. To me, that does not deserve any praise.

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mark hartless 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I recently had some visitors who assured me they were in great shape and could keep up, no problem. One even bragged she was training for a marathon.

However, over the next 5 days, hikes I would rate 3 or 4 on a 10 scale nearly killed them.

They had fooled themselves into thinking they were "fit" because they could move at a brisk pace on flat ground all day long, but a couple thousand vertical feet found them out and the order in which we returned to the top of the trailhead told the real story.

"Talk is cheap; it takes money to buy whisky."

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