Kirkcaldy residents reach Rio de Janeiro as part of a month long Challenge

Today, Thursday 15th May Kirkcaldy residents have already logged enough miles to travel from their home town to Rio de Janeiro as part of a month long challenge aimed at encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

The statistics, released today by Kirkcaldy Challenge organisers, Make your move Kirkcaldy marks the halfway point of the competition which finds people living and working in Kirkcaldy logging all journeys made by foot, bike or public transport in and around their town.

More than 110 people have already signed up to take part in the competition, which runs until May 31st.

Participants log onto the Challenge website to record their car-free journeys around the town, in return for the chance of winning prizes.

And, as well as logging enough miles to travel from Kirkcaldy to Rio – the host city of the next world cup- participants have also have burned the equivalent of 291 Big Mac’s in calories.

Project Co-ordinator for Make your move Kirkcaldy, Rachel Goulding, said the Challenge was a way of helping people to try a mode of transport they may not have normally considered in order to help them experience the benefits of travelling actively.

She added: “It is great so many people have signed up for the Kirkcaldy Challenge this year, we are also really pleased with the response we are getting from our new Kids Explorer Challenge. 

“It really gets the whole family involved and thinking about the way they travel.”

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Kirkcaldy can get involved in the Challenge. Participants can compete on their own or as a team and those under 16 must be part of a team with an adult as the registered member.

Teams can be made up of families, friends, work colleagues or community groups. It’s simple, register the name of your team and then invite other team members to join.

For more information on the Challenge, visit: http://kirkcaldychallenge.getmeactive.org.uk/

Stats so far: (May 12th 2014)
• 116 people have registered onto the Challenge website
• 899 journeys by foot, bike, bus or train have been logged.*
• 6180.8 miles have been covered
• 142,939 calories burned**

*A journey is counted as anything over a mile in length. This is about 20 minutes walking, or 10 minutes cycling.

**Calorie savings are based on NHS figures for average walking and cycling activity.