Improved Silver Chain Challenge led by Renfrew County paramedics

Renfrew County's paramedics invite you to participate, wherever you live.
Renfrew County's paramedics invite you to participate, wherever you live.

The Silver Chain Challenge is back, with lots of new elements to get people biking and hiking in Active Transportation Month. As in the past, the Challenge is a friendly competition during the month of June between a growing number of participating communities from across Eastern Ontario to inspire and promote more active, safer and healthier communities.

Belleville, Hastings, Lanark, Prince Edward County, Quinte West & Renfrew County have participated in the past. "This year, we would like to encourage even more community members to walk, run, bike and wheel on our trails and roads, creating safer communities and having fun," say the paramedics on their website. "This invitation extends to all members of your community, with a goal of inspiring people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to participate. Please share with schools, seniors’ clubs, workplaces, families, municipal councils, emergency services and anyone in your area who may be interested in improving their physical and mental health. "Our goal is to inspire people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to participate. Let’s work together to effectively engage our communities to improve both physical and mental health!"

To participate, you need to register, even if you've registered in the past. To register, go here. Or you can check your own trips and see how you're doing.

The site displays info on its stats page that shows how the different municipalities and counties are doing.

You can also access more information here or follow the Challenge on Twitter @SilverChain2019  and use #SilverChain2019 .

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2019 directors of OVCATA

Co-chairs: Ish Theilheimer (Golden Lake)
Patricia Krose (Whitewater Region)
Secretary: Ron Moss (Pembroke)
Treasurer: Debbie Fiebig (Renfrew)
Members at large:
Andrew Kalnins (McNab-Braeside)
Bob Peltzer (Bonnechere Valley)
Eric Price (Pembroke)
Pat McGregor (Renfrew)

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