How to Make Your Resolutions Count

December 28, 2015Hollis BoweNPF Blog

December is the time to think of others — you show your appreciation, love, and support through thoughtful gifts. But January is a month that’s all about you. The start of the new year is when you make resolutions to improve and challenge yourself. And what could be a better gift than a healthy and active lifestyle?

In honor of the centennial year of the National Park Service in 2016, make a New Year’s resolution to enjoy and exercise in America’s national parks.

Wellness is a big theme in the National Park Service Centennial celebration — and we’re highlighting national parks as the perfect settings for improving our mind and bodies. Parks can be a catalyst for healthy lifestyles; it’s just a matter of getting out there and exploring!

To get you started on the path to better health, here are two ways you can achieve your resolution and make them count for your national parks at the same time:

Run a Race with a View

Our partners at Vacation Races have a robust National Park Race Series schedule in 2016 with events near America’s most iconic sites, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Teton, and the Grand Canyon. With race distances ranging from 5K to half marathons, there are opportunities for both nascent runners and race veterans to participate.

Vacation Races will donate $10 for each race registration in the National Park Race Series to the National Park Foundation in support of our mission to enrich America’s national parks and programs. You can register for the races listed below here.

Vacation Race Badges
  • Zion Half Marathon (March 12,2016) – Sold Out
  • Grand Canyon Half Marathon (May 7, 2016)
  • Grand Teton Half Marathon (June 4, 2016)
  • Yellowstone Half Marathon & 5K (June 11, 2016)
  • Rocky Mountain Half & 5K (July 30, 2016)
  • Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon (September 10, 2016)
  • Yosemite Half Marathon (October 8, 2106)
  • Lake Powell Half Marathon (October 15, 2016)

Donate Your Mileage to the Parks

Charity Miles is a free app that helps you raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or biking! All you have to do is download the app, select the National Park Foundation, and hit the trails — it’s really that easy to use your mileage to do some good for you and the parks!

Bikers earn 10¢ per mile, and walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile for their charity of choice, all courtesy of corporate sponsors. The app even includes a built-in prompt to easily share your mileage and donation on social media. Remember: every mile matters! Download the app here.

Hikers and Bikers

How are you using national parks to lead a healthy and active lifestyle? We want to see your favorite ways to exercise in national parks! Be sure to share your adventures online by using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque.

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