PWPL's Middle Earth Walking Challenge combines literature with fitness

Published: May. 30, 2017 at 3:20 PM EDT
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This summer the Peter White Public Library is combining literature and fitness. Starting May 30th, log books will be available for the "Middle Earth Walking Challenge," based off of the classic Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien.

On June 1st participants will be able to keep track of their steps or miles throughout the entire summer, with the goal of walking all the way from the Shire to Mordor. As participants hit certain walking goals throughout the summer, they can even bring in their log to win prizes.

"Along the way you can bring it in and get yourself a "Peter White Buck" which is good for videos, copies, fines, and things like that," said Carolyn McManis, the Peter White Public Library Programming Coordinator. "And of course, on the back of the log we have a map so that you will never get lost as you travel on your way."

Logs can be picked up at any point throughout the summer from the circulation desk inside the library, and the top 20 walkers will receive a small prize at the end of the challenge on September 8th.

Biking is allowed for the challenge as well, but four miles of biking will equal one mile of walking since the hobbits did not have bikes.