City clocks up first 10,000 miles in Beat the Street challenge

Wolverhampton has already travelled an incredible 10,000 miles within the first three days of the city’s exciting new Beat the Street game.

Thousands of people young and old across the city have signed up to the unique cycling walking, running and cycling challenge which got underway on Wednesday (24 February, 2016).

And already they have clocked up more than 10,000 miles by travelling around Wolverhampton on foot or bike, scoring points in the process by swiping their Beat the Street game cards against the 200 Beat Boxes found on lampposts across the city.

As well as the thousands of individuals and families who have signed up, more than 50 schools and dozens of businesses and community groups have also formed teams with players racking up the miles — and points — for their chosen organisation.

The high tempo start leaves the city on track to reach the moon — which on average is some 238,900 miles away — by the time the seven-week challenge ends on Wednesday 13 April, 2016, and it’s not too late to join in the fun.

Councillor Sandra Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The response to Beat the Street has been absolutely fantastic and I am delighted that so many people are taking part.

“To reach 10,000 miles barely 48 hours after beginning the game is simply incredible. If we keep up this pace we’ll travel all the way to the moon by 13 April, but the way residents have begun I can see us going even further!”

She added: “Beat the Street is a great motivator to get people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles to become more active — it brings together the whole community and makes physical activity fun.

“As well as the chance to get a little bit fitter, there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a share of £5,000 worth of goodies for the teams that pick up the most points.”

Beat the Street takes place across Wolverhampton until Wednesday 13 April, 2016. Entry is free and it’s not too late to take part — simply pick up a Beat the Street card from a range of venues, including local libraries, leisure centres, community centres, the Civic Centre and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and register online at https://wolves.beatthestreet.me.

Players can monitor their progress on line, and top scorers — including teams and individuals — will be in the running for some great prizes every week and at the end of the contest. There will also be regular “lucky tap” prizes which people can be in line to win simply by tapping their card against selected Beat Boxes.

Anyone interested in taking part in Beat the Street should click onto https://wolves.beatthestreet.me, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BeattheStreetWolves or follow Beat the Street on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BTSWolves.

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