Lanark County Media Release
June 3, 2022
Lanark County is looking to beat its third-place finish in eastern Ontario in the annual Silver Chain Challenge – and you can help!
The Silver Chain Challenge began as a friendly competition between the local municipalities in Lanark County about 10 years ago and is intended to inspire and promote more active, safer and healthier communities. Participants (all of us!) are invited to walk, run, bike and wheel on trails and roads in an effort to improve physical and mental health.
Each year from June 1 to 30 participants log kilometres in their community by registering at https://silverchainchallenge.ca/. Real time stats are posted on the website so everyone can see which communities are most engaged. Kilometres have to be logged by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2022.
The invitation is extended to all members of the community, including schools, seniors’ clubs, workplaces, families, municipal councils, emergency services and anyone interested in improving physical and mental health.
For several years the event grew to be a competition between Lanark and Renfrew counties, with each winning twice. In 2021 it was opened to all 13 counties in eastern Ontario. Prince Edward County claimed the top spot with 44,345 kilometres logged, followed by Renfrew County in second with 22,331 and defending champions Lanark County placing third with 5,065.
“Now is the time for Lanark County residents to grab their gear and show eastern Ontario how active we can be,” said Lanark County Warden John Fenik (Perth Mayor). “This is also a great way to get into the practice of being active year round while exploring your community. It’s fun and, of course, Lanark County is in it to win it!”
The Silver Chain Challenge promotes healthy and safe active transportation, and participants are encouraged to make sure they are visible when biking, walking or running on trails and roads. Be aware of the rules of the road and make sure to wear an appropriate helmet when cycling.
“The Silver Chain Challenge, held every June, gives us a great reason to improve our physical health, support local communities and, best of all, get outside and to enjoy all the beauty Lanark County has to offer,” added Lanark County CAO Kurt Greaves.
For more information, to register and to track the competition, visit https://silverchainchallenge.ca/
For more information, please contact:
Kurt Greaves, CAO
1-888-9-LANARK, ext. 1101