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King County, Washington

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Feb. 5, 2013

See and enjoy more of King County Parks through annual Fitness Challenge

Fun, family-friendly annual event, powered by Group Health,features 30 fitness challenge locations across King County

Join with family, friends and neighbors on a fun exploration of some of the best that King County Parks has to offer through the King County Parks Fitness Challenge, powered by Group Health.

Created through a partnership with Group Health’s Fitness Network, the King County Parks Fitness Challenge was created for King County employees and is part of the County’s Healthy Incentive Program that has helped reduced County health care costs by improving employee health.

“The public can also enjoy the Parks Fitness Challenge as a great way to exercise while enjoying some of the 26,000 acres of parks, 175 miles of regional trails and 180 miles of backcountry trails that we proudly maintain,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

Registering for the Parks Fitness Challenge is easy. Sign up at, and you’re ready start exploring the 30 fitness challenges at locations across King County.

Activities in the Parks Fitness Challenge include everything from mountain biking at Duthie Hill, to swimming at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, to riding the Burke-Gilman Trail to hiking Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The idea is to get out with your friends and family, get active and find a new favorite park.

When you’re out participating in one of the 30 activities, look for the King County Parks Fitness Challenge end point sign and code word. From your mobile phone, text “PARKS” to 206-452-7998 and you will be prompted to enter the code word.

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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. Learn more at