The first-ever Michigan Runner Girl – Michigan Department of Natural Resources Winter Fitness Challenge got underway last week and as promised, we’re recognizing those of you who are getting outside, embracing the elements, and sharing your outdoor activities with us. Each week through the end of February, we’ll pick a winner to receive a little swag — and we’ll share the winning photo.

Congratulations to Amy Hayes@jokerar on Instagram — for sharing this photo with us!


Amy Hayes, at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Frozen eyelashes — a badge of honor for winter running warriors! Amy, for sharing your wintry Michigan photo, you’ll receive this collection of Michigan-inspired gifts:

·       Scarf from Yooper Shirts

·       HOMES (Great Lakes) Journal from Peninsulas

·       Michigan License plate decorative bird house from Michigan State Industries

·       Michigan seal t-shirt from Peninsulas

Sweet Michigan swag for Amy!

Want to join the Michigan Runner Girl/Michigan DNR Fitness Challenge? The challenge is free and open to anyone interested in getting outdoors and experiencing nature in Michigan this winter. BEST PART (aside from the happiness and peacefulness you’ll be experiencing when getting outside and exploring): Prizes will be given away each week during the challenge, which will run through February.
Here’s how this fitness challenge works:
  • snap a photo of yourself, or of you and your family and friends, being active outside. It could be a run, a snowshoe, a hike, a ski — whatever gets your body moving outdoors. If you happen to be at a state park, great! But you can also simply be in your backyard, at a local park, along the Great Lakes shoreline … wherever, so long as you’re outdoors in Michigan!
  • Share the photo on Instagram OR Facebook (or both!), using the hashtags #MRGEnergy and #MIStateParks.
  • Each week, MRG will share a reader/listener photo on the MRG Facebook page (and on Instagram, of course) and that person will win a prize from Michigan Runner Girl and the Michigan DNR. (hint: could be free camping, gear or other fun prizes!)

Get out there and have fun!

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