Shoot for the Moon: A Community Health Challenge

Shoot for the Moon

FAQs & Rules


General Rules

1. BE HONEST!  Honesty is the best policy and that definitely rings true here.  You are responsible for logging your miles and we expect you to be HONEST.   Don’t cheat yourself.  This is as much about you working towards your personal goal as it is about our community effort, and there is not gain in cheating.  Be honest and as a community we will earn each and every mile that we take on our way to the moon.

2. ALL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COUNTS.   If it can be measured, and you’re moving your body in a way that elevates your heart rate for at least 10 minutes at a time you can count it towards your miles. 

Record only the time spent performing the activity. If you are using a fitness tracker, please do not "double dip", meaning if you played racquetball continually for 1 hour and recorded 6 miles, you shouldn’t also record your pedometer reading during that time. Remember that your "steps" for regular daily activity should not be converted to miles that count toward physical activity. We have included an easy conversion chart on our website and on the Challenge Runner mileage log site to help you figure out how your activity translates to mileage.

3. LOG YOUR MILES! We prefer you log your miles at least once a week, but we know some of you prefer to enter at different intervals. If you do not want to log miles day by day, you can log your miles in bulk. However, there are limits on how far you can backdate your logs (15 days), so please try to log at least once each week.

4. HAVE FUN!!!  There will be days that you might think there is no way you’re going to reach your goal and there will be days where you think you are unstoppable and then there will be many days in between.  ENJOY EACH MILE! Work hard, have fun, cheer on fellow participants and let’s all take one small step after the other as we make a giant leap toward better health and SHOOT FOR THE MOON in 2017!

5. Fine Print & Official Rules for the Trip Drawing (click here


  1. How long does the challenge run? Blast off is January 9th and you can log your exercise mileage from January 9th through April 14th. The grand prize drawing will be held at the Community Health Expo on April 20th.
  2. How to I become eligible for the grand prize travel voucher? Just register online here (link to registration page) or in person at LRH, by February 10th. Then log your miles of physical activity each week and you’re entered in the contest!
  3. Do I really need to be present at the Health Expo to win the travel voucher? Yes. The details are included in our official rules
  4. Who do I contact if I’m having trouble registering or logging my miles?  Shoot us an email at or give us a call at 218.736.8000 and ask for the Marketing & Communications Department. 
  5. Can I register/log miles for more than one person in my family under the same email address?  ChallengeRunner only allows one account per email address. However, email addresses are not validated so you are free to make up a fake email for additional entries. If you forget your password for a fake email, you'll need to contact us to reset it since the system will not be able to email you a reset link. 
  6. Why can’t I win the $3500 travel voucher if I’m under 18?  Participants who are not of legal age may not be bound to the terms & conditions of the contest in order to be eligible for the grand prize. We've got lots of great participation perks for those under 18, though, including an incentive for the school phy ed departments to keep their kids moving and earn some extra money for their programs through this challenge. 
  7. What exercise activities are eligible to count toward my mileage? Any physical activity as described in the CDC’s Physical Exercise Guidelines (see below) counts! Just get moving for at least 10 minutes at a time – we don’t care if it’s walking, biking, skiing, dancing or running – just move it! Click on the Conversion Chart to the right for help converting other activities to miles. 
  8. Why doesn't my FitBit or Garmin or AppleWatch (or other device) sync with ChallengeRunner? While ChallengeRunner offers this option, we have not turned on the auto-sync feature. Since it can only sync total steps, this isn't an accurate representation of activity that raises your heartbeat for a minimum of 10 minutes at a time. It also doesn't accurately measure activity like swimming and since you are not able to both sync and manually add activity, we determined this feature did not match our challenge criteria. 

Center for Disease Control Physical Exercise Guidelines 

How much physical activity do adults need?

Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health–aerobic and muscle-strengthening.

For Important Health Benefits

Adults need at least:  2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week andMuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).


1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week andMuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).


An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity andMuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

10 minutes at a time is fine

We know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but it's not. That's 2 hours and 30 minutes, about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie. The good news is that you can spread your activity out during the week, so you don't have to do it all at once. You can even break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. It's about what works best for you, as long as you're doing physical activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.


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