100 Miles in 100 Days

Ridgefield is home to a wonderful trail network, a spacious waterfront and calm river, a one-of-a-kind Refuge, and is nestled in a region full of amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.

We created the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge in 2020 to help residents get moving and enjoying our environment and are excited to launch it again in 2021!

Complete 100 miles of walking, running, hiking, paddling, or biking outside in the BEAUTIFUL place we live in the 100 days between Saturday, June 5th and Monday, September 13th. Participate in community events along the way and get healthy exercise alongside your neighbors.

2021 Registration – Late Registration Open NOW!

Registrations submitted after June 21 will not include a T-Shirt or Finisher pin, but will receive access to the online tracking system and will benefit the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!

Looking for ideas of where to complete your miles? Check our guide below the FAQ!

Community Events and Promotions

Saturday, June 5: Jump start your miles at Big Paddle! Join us on June 5 to celebrate the creation of the Lewis River to Vancouver Lake Water Trail and kick off the 100 Miles challenge. There are several options to earn miles: 

  • Paddle on Lake River to the confluence with the Columbia River and back to earn 5 miles in the challenge!
  • Visit East Ridgefield CrossFit at Davis Park from 9:30 to 1 for a rowing challenge! Row 1 mile on the rower and if you finish you will receive a FREE Fit-Aid beverage!
  • Walk from the Kayak Launch to Overlook Park and back to earn 1 mile in the challenge!
  • Hike the Carty Lake Trail to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and back to the waterfront to earn 2 miles in the challenge and enjoy interpretive signage along the way!
  • Get a preview of this year’s Multicultural Festival by finding posters Downtown! Start at Davis Park, travel to the Community Skate Park, the Game Park, and Overlook Park to see bios for our 2021 performers and knock out 0.3 miles on the challenge.

The Doghouse Food Cart: Complete one mile of paddling any Saturday from June 12th to September 11th and visit The Doghouse to receive a free Hot Dog!

Walk and Count Garden Boxes and Fruit Trees to earn miles and a chance to win Main Street Moola in Downtown Ridgefield!

Please join the Ridgefield Community Gleaners Association in raising awareness of our Pacific Northwest food bounty. This last year has brought out the inner gardener in many Ridgefield residents. Complete your walk to see just how many fruit trees and garden boxes there are in Downtown Ridgefield and earn up to 5 miles for Ridgefield’s 100 Miles in 100 Days. 

Walk anytime  June 15-August 15 within Downtown, bounded by Division Street and Sargent Street (North-South) and South 5th Avenue and Main Avenue (East-West). Please respect private property by keeping to streets and sidewalks as you discover the abundance food grown in our neighborhoods. Enter your count of Fruit Trees and Garden Boxes within these boundaries for a chance to win Main Street Moola. Submit your total (one entry per person) by email to rcgleaners@gmail.com.

Your email must include your Name, your preferred method of contact, and the total number of Fruit Trees and Garden Boxes you counted.

All entries must be submitted by August 20. Entries within 15% of the correct total will be entered in an August 27th drawing for Main Street Moola generously donated by Ridgefield Main Street. We’ll contact the lucky walking winners by your provided contact information. Get outside and enjoy our beautiful Ridgefield Summer!

Ridgefield Independence 5K/10K: The Ridgefield Independence 5K/10K is back on Sunday, July 4th for 2021! The field is limited to 400, so register today! 

Tuesday, August 3rd: Orienteering Challenge at Abrams Park. The City received a grant from the OrienteeringUSA’s Youth Mapping Program to funding the development of the Abrams Park orienteering map in Spring 2021. The map is completed and we are planning our first orienteering event on Tuesday, August 3rd during National Night Out. Additional details to come.

Saturday, August 7th: Walk, Run, Bike Family Scavenger Hunt. Soroptomist International of Southwest Washington is hosting a Walk, Run, Bike Family Scavenger Hunt that will earn you 2 miles in the challenge! Visit the Soroptomist booth at Overlook Park on Saturday, August 7th from 9AM to 2PM. All finishers will receive a prize and be entered in a drawing for a surprise gift.

Saturday, August 28: Walk for BEER! Park at Ridgefield Craft Brewing Taphouse in downtown Ridgefield and walk to RORC and back for a FREE pint! You will earn 5 miles in the challenge, beer, AND you can bring along Fido and stop by the Dog Park on your way to visit with Pet Wants. Join the fun from Noon-6PM.

Stay tuned! Additional opportunities are in the works!

Friends of the Ridgefield NWR Logo2021 Event proceeds will benefit the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, and protecting and enhancing its wildlife habitat.

Click here to learn more about the Friends on their website.

When you register for the challenge you will receive a link to access the online challenge tracking system through ChallengeHound. The challenge begins on Saturday, June 5th, and ends 100 days later on Monday, September 13th. Each time you go outside and walk, run, hike, paddle, or bike during this time frame, record it on ChallengeHound!

We will automatically receive your completed miles at the end of the challenge. ALL participants who complete at least 100 qualifying miles within the 100 days will be entered into the Grand Prize raffle.

Register for the challenge online beginning Saturday, May 1st. Registration is $10/person and includes access to the online tracking system, 2021 challenge T-Shirt, and an enamel “Finisher” pin. The Challenge begins June 5th, and registration closes June 21st. 

Yes!
You can register multiple people at once online. Simply select as many “Individual Registrations” as you need. T-Shirt sizes will be collected for each participant and each participant can create their own profile in the online challenge tracker.

Of course! We have set up Challenge Hound to accept Wheelchair and Handcycle activities. Simply record your distance and add the activity! The key part of this challenge is: Get Outside and Get Moving. We welcome participants of all abilities and skill levels.

To simplify tracking for participants and our team, we are using ChallengeHound to track miles in this year’s challenge. Here is how it works:

  1. In the confirmation email from Eventbrite, you will be provided with a link to join the Challenge Hound event. Register for Challenge Hound with a simple name and email.
    Important:
    the name you submit will be public to other participants in the challenge. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please submit an alternate name or you may track your miles on paper.
    Names and mileage totals are shared to promote community, competition, and fun, but we understand if you are not comfortable sharing this information. Please see instructions below for tracking on paper. 
  2. Track your activities manually or automatically.
    1. Manual activity tracking: Visit the Challenge Hound website and input your activities daily, weekly, or bi-weekly. Simply click on “Activities” and then “Add An Activity.” Fill in the requested information, select the correct activity type, and select “Save Activity.” You will immediately see your progress change in the challenge.
    2. Automatically: Challenge Hound can sync with the following apps for automatic activity syncing: Strava, Under Armour (Map My Run, Map My Ride, Map My Walk, Map My Hike, and Map My Fitness), and Garmin. Visit the Challenge Hound website and click on “Apps” then select the option you would like to sync with. Your activities will be updated automatically.

Struggling with Challenge Hound? Visit their support website for common questions: https://support.challengehound.com/

No problem! 

Once you have registered for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a printable PDF mile tracker. Simply use the PDF to track your miles and submit following the instructions on the tracker. 

Totally! 

We chose to use Challenge Hound because it will track your progress for you and being able to see other participants encourages competition and community. We want you to use it however works best for you. 

Example: You registered your family of 6 and you plan to complete all of your miles together.

  • When you register on Challenge Hound, make your name Smith Family and that’s how you will appear on the leaderboard! Complete and record your activities together.
  • You will still receive 6 T-Shirts and 6 “Finisher” pins.

Log miles by walking, running, hiking, paddling, or biking in Ridgefield or anywhere! You can complete miles wherever you are, as long as you are outside!

  • Paddling miles can be earned in any non-motorized boat. Example: kayak, canoe, Stand Up Paddleboard, etc.
  • Bike miles count as 0.5 qualifying miles. Bikes have wheels that make the miles pass faster, when recording your biking distance, please divide the distance in half. 

Look for ideas on where to complete your miles lower on this page, and keep an eye out for community activities that may offer an opportunity to earn miles! 

Sure, we’d love to have you! Registration will remain open through June 21st.

After that, we need time to order T-Shirts and pins, so unfortunately you will need to wait until next year. 

Congratulations! First, give yourself a high-five.

You are more than welcome to continue getting outside and being active (in fact, we really hope you do!) but there is no need to continue logging miles. Challenge Hound will not reflect additional miles after you have met the challenge.

If you are tracking along online with Challenge Hound, no action is required on your part. We already have your activity log and you will be entered in the Grand Prize raffle.

If you are tracking on paper, don’t forget to submit your log to us! All completed paper activity logs must be received by end of day Monday, September 20th, at City Hall to be entered in the Grand Prize raffle. Log sheets can be returned via email, mail or hand delivery to:

Email: events@ridgefieldwa.us. 

Mail: City of Ridgefield Events, PO Box 608, Ridgefield, WA 98642

Hand Delivery: You may drop your completed activity log in the grey payment drop box at 230 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642. 

We will send an email with T-Shirt and pin pick up times once we know when we will receive them. Please make sure you input your email correctly when you register and check it often.

Don’t forget to take pictures while completing the challenge and post it to Facebook or Instagram using the #Ridgefield100in100 #RidgefieldTrails, and #CityofRidgefieldEvents. We want to see all the fun you’re having!

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How to get miles:

Walk-Run-Hike

You can complete miles ANYWHERE for this challenge! Find popular trails wherever you are on Strava or All Trails. Here are some of our recommendations for trails within the local area:

RIDGEFIELD

  • Ridgefield Parks and Trails Map – Use this map to identify a loop of any size that starts and ends in your neighborhood! If you are feeling up for a long walk, tour the city!
    • View our Suggested Loops on Ridgefield Trails
    • To find short trail segments connecting to subdivisions around town, download the Strava app, create an account (hint: you can skip the free trial and go right to the free version), and Follow the City of Ridgefield. We have been logging trails using the app this spring and are working on an updated trail map and trail resource webpage. Go to the City of Ridgefield profile on Strava and click “Activities” to browse trail segments. Instructions to use Strava on a browser. 
  • Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Trails – The Refuge is home to several trail options! Please remember dogs are not allowed on the refuge and there is a daily use fee.
    • A newly connected trail is open this summer connecting downtown Ridgefield to the Refuge and the Port of Ridgefield! Start at Overlook Park and walk up North Main to the Refuge. Journey through the Oaks to Wetlands trail system and then take the Carty Lake Trail to the waterfront Port property. Continue on the waterfront trail to Mill St, then return to Main and south to Overlook Park. You will complete nearly 5 miles.
  • For an educational walk, complete the Historic Walking Tour of downtown Ridgefield!

CLARK COUNTY – NORTH

CLARK COUNTY – CENTRAL

  • WSU Vancouver Cougar Trails – A six mile trail system exploring the campus and open space, and forested land of WSU Vancouver. Note: Parking at the campus is subject to a daily fee Monday-Friday.
  • Salmon Creek Greenway Trial – The Salmon Creek Greenway Trail begins at Klineline Park and travels along Salmon Creek for about 3 miles. Park at one end and travel 6 total miles or choose a turn around point for any length. Note: $3 Parking Fee or County Park pass required to park at Klineline
  • Burnt Bridge Creek Trail System – This 8-mile paved trail passes through a variety of landscapes and is mostly flat. There are several trailheads along the trail and three detailed maps for each section.

CLARK COUNTY – EAST

  • Lacamas Regional Park – 9.5 miles of gravel and dirt trails surrounding Lacamas and Round lakes. Click the name for trail maps. Parking is free.
  • Captain William Clark Regional Park – This beachfront park has 4.17 miles of dirt/gravel trail and features breathtaking views of Mt Hood. Parking is free.

CLARK COUNTY – WEST

  • Frenchman’s Bar Trail – This 2.5 mile paved trail connects Frenchman’s Bar Park with Vancouver Lake Park. Note: Both parks require $3 daily parking or County Park Parking Pass.
  • Columbia River Renaissance Trail – This paved 5-mile trail travels along the Columbia River. Trailheads are located at Wintler Community Park, Marine Park, and Waterfront Park. Note: There is a $5 fee to park at Wintler. On street parking at Waterfront Park is metered on weekdays.
  • Discovery Historic Loop Trail – This 2.3-mile loop tours the historic sites of Fort Vancouver, Officers Row and downtown Vancouver.

Bike

You can complete miles ANYWHERE for this challenge! Find popular trails wherever you are on Strava or All Trails. Note: Each bike mile counts for 0.5 miles in the challenge. Here are some local resources for Biking Trails:

 

* Please note: The trails at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge are pedestrian only.

Paddle

You can complete miles ANYWHERE for this challenge! Find launch points near you using the GoPaddling app. Note: You can complete paddling miles with a kayak, paddleboard, canoe, or any other boat that you manually power. 

LAUNCH SITES

  • Port of Ridgefield Kayak Launch – Launch at the Port of Ridgefield onto Lake River and paddle to the tip of Bachelor Island. $10 Day Use Fee or Yearly Pass required.
  • Battle Ground Lake – A small lake surrounded by forested land. Motorized vehicles not permitted on the water. Discover Pass and boat launch permit required.
  • Lacamas and Round Lake – Located at Lacamas Regional Park, the two lakes connect. Round Lake offers calmer waters with no watersports. Multiple launch sites available.
  • Vancouver Lake – Vancouver Lake is an excellent lake for beginner paddlers. There are often events held here and the waters are prone to algae, so check the website before you go. Note: Dogs are not allowed in the park and $3 daily parking fee or Clark County Parks pass is required.

RENT A BOAT

  • Alder Creek Kayak offers Kayak Rentals on Lake River in Ridgefield and on the Columbia River at Jantzen Beach.
  • Sweetwaer SUP Rentals offers standup paddleboard and kayak rentals on Lacamas Lake. 

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