Moving Starke County Forward Healthy Challenge Series Begins Saturday


This year’s Moving Starke County Forward summer challenge is about ready to begin.

The kick-off event for the NASCAR-themed Healthy Challenge Series is set for this Saturday, May 2 at Wythogan Park at 10 a.m. Participants will start the Healthy Challenge Series by walking the pace lap around the park after the sign-up process.

Residents are urged to log steps that could include walking, biking, running, swimming, or hiking for a chance to win some NASCAR prizes. Steps or miles will be recorded every two weeks to reach a certain goal during that time. The first goal will be the Daytona 250. Participants are encouraged to log activity totaling 250 miles by May 16. Details on how to report those steps will be released this week. A different goal will be released shortly before the first deadline.

Since this year’s theme is NASCAR, the winner of the individual event and the team event will get some NASCAR prizes. NEMCO Motorsports will give the individual winner the chance to have a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series experience. Go behind the scenes of the action at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, Sept. 18 and see how teams prepare for race day. A specific pass is given to the winner and another person aged 18 or older courtesy of NEMCO Motorsports which will allow access to the garage area and pit road for a certain amount of time prior to the race. The attendees will also get to meet driver John Hunter Nemechek, tour the semi trailer that carries the truck he drives and receive merchandise. A separate ticket will need to be purchased to watch the race.

The winners in the team event will enjoy a subscription to NASCAR Illustrated and a prize package from Team Penske. Merchandise featuring Team Penske drivers Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney is included in the team prize.

More prizes could be offered, but you have to participate to win. Sign-up sheets are available at each library in Starke County and on Saturday at the kick-off event. For more information, email