Village Fitness Challenge

Starts: July 4, 2020
Ends: September 7, 2020
Where: Anywhere!

Support local history and your own health this summer! From Independence Day to Labor Day, take on our virtual Village Fitness Challenge as an individual or as a family. Walk, run, ride, roll, swim, paddle, stretch—move however you like as you work to complete the challenge.

This virtual fitness challenge is also a fundraiser for the Troy Historic Village. Your $10 registration supports the Village and earns you an awesome t-shirt, keychain and the eternal gratitude of a small non-profit. Let your friends and family know you’re participating by sharing a link to your personal fundraising page (automatically created when you register) on your Facebook page or via email; they can monitor your progress and donate. Raise $50 or more and you’ll be eligible for even more swag! Scroll down for details on swag and prizes.

Quick links:

Register Here

Village Fitness Challenge Bingo Card 

How Does it Work?
Print and mark off boxes on our Village Fitness Challenge Bingo Card as you complete them:

  • Cross them off, make a checkmark or even write down the date you completed each box and where you went, if you enjoy logging your activities.
  • Go in any order you’d like; the middle is a free space. “Visit” can mean walk, run, ride, roll, swim, paddle, stretch—however you like to move!
  • Complete as many of the challenges on the bingo card as you can before Labor Day. The Village Fitness Challenge officially begins on July 4, but you can jump in and start on any date between 7/4 and 9/7. Register by August 8 in order to get our cool event t-shirt.

Share your success:

  • We would love to see how you did! You can take a pic of your completed challenge bingo card and post it to your own social media page (make sure to tag @TroyHistVillage) or share it on our dedicated Village Fitness Challenge group page on Facebook (you’ll be invited to join the group when you register)
  • We adore snail-mail—feel free to mail your completed challenge card to us at: Troy Historic Village, Attn: Fitness Challenge, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy MI 48098. We’ll take a pic and post it online!
  • Sharing is completely optional, but those who show us their card are eligible for a bit more swag! Scroll down for details.

Tell your friends and family:

  • When you register a personal fundraising page will automatically be created for you. You can share it directly on your social media pages or email it to your contacts. They can donate an amount of their choosing to the Troy Historic Village on your fundraising page—making you eligible for prizes and more swag!

Swag, Prizes & Fundraising
Swag and prizes are awarded based on a combination of two factors: how much of the fitness challenge card you complete and the amount of fundraising you do! (A third factor: if you want a t-shirt, you’ve got to register by August 8.)

Raise: $10 entry fee

Complete: 1 or more challenge card boxes

T-shirt, Village keychain
Raise: $50-74

Complete: 10 or more challenge card boxes

T-shirt, Village keychain, Village window decal
Raise: $75-99

Complete: 25 boxes (full challenge card)

T-shirt, Village keychain, Village window decal, water bottle
Raise: $100-299

Complete: 1 or more challenge card boxes

T-shirt, Village keychain, Village window decal, water bottle, free admission to Troy Historic Village “Scarecrowtopia” fall event
Raise: $300 or more

Complete: 1 or more challenge card boxes

T-shirt, Village keychain, Village window decal, water bottle, free admission to Troy Historic Village “Scarecrowtopia” fall event and Fall Prize Pack
Challenge Winner (Highest $ Amt Raised) T-shirt, Village keychain, Village window decal, water bottle, free admission to Troy Historic Village “Scarecrowtopia” fall event, Fall Prize Pack and 1-Year Complimentary Household Membership

Swag/prizes will be available for curbside pick-up at Troy Historic Village or you can opt to have them mailed to you in late-August. We’ll notify you when items are available for pick-up or when they’ve been mailed out. We’re aiming to have everyone’s swag delivered by Labor Day so that you can wear your shirt and take a “finishers” pic!

 T-shirts
Every $10 registrant who signs up who by August 8 receives one t-shirt. If you’re taking on the challenge as a family, you can register everyone at the same time for $10 each. We can’t guarantee t-shirts for anyone who registers after August 8.

Scarecrowtopia
This is our family-friendly fall event—updated to meet social distancing guidelines! Visit the Troy Historic Village in October and check out a unique outdoor display of creative scarecrows and much more. Check back for more details, coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Village Fitness Challenge begin and end?
The Village Fitness Challenge goes from July 4, 2020 through September 7, 2020.

Can I join the Village Fitness Challenge after July 4?
Yes! You can register any day between July 4 and September 7. Note that you’ll have much less time to complete the challenge bingo card if you wait until September! If you want a t-shirt, you’ll need to register by August 8.

Can my family and I do the Village Fitness Challenge together?Yes! Note that every $10 registrant who signs up who by August 8receives one t-shirt. If you’re taking on the challenge as a family, you can register everyone at the same time for $10 each. We can’t guarantee t-shirts for anyone who registers after August 8.

I’m not a great athlete. Can I participate?
Yes, absolutely! It’s really easy to scale this challenge to your interests and abilities. You’ll notice that our challenge bingo card asks you to do things like visit your favorite park or photograph a water feature.

“Visit” can mean walk, sit down and bird-watch, do some yoga or journaling—whatever you want it to mean! If a box mentions walking, running or riding somewhere, but you’d rather swim or weave a basket, by all means!

I’m a really great athlete. Can I participate?
Yes, definitely! It’s really easy to scale this challenge to your interests and abilities. If you’ve already got a pretty solid training schedule or daily routine going, taking on the Village Fitness Challenge is a great way to add a bit of fun to your active lifestyle, shake up your routine and explore new places as you work toward your fitness goals. Plus, you can do parts of this challenge whileyou’re training and racing. Efficient!

Am I required to log or post the number of minutes I work out or miles I complete?
Nope, you’re not required to log or track anything—if you say you completed an activity, we’ll believe you! That being said, you are welcome to post any of your activities on our Village Fitness Challenge group page on Facebook and we encourage you to share some of your favorite photos, places and activities with the group.

What if I am unable to do one or more of the activities on the challenge bingo card?
We tried really hard to make the Village Fitness Challenge as fun and accessible to as many people as possible—but we realize not everything presented here will work for every single person. That’s okay—be creative!

If you can’t visit a cemetery in your hometown, can you go to a different place of remembrance, like a memorial? Or maybe a place that brings back memories specifically for you—the place where you worked your first job, met your future spouse, saw a gorgeous sunset last week.

If you can’t photograph something while you’re out (it’s hard to take a picture of a bird while you’re riding a bike, for instance!), take a mental photograph and we’ll say that counts! Note that it’s somewhat harder to share mental photographs on social media.

Stay tuned for pop-up challenges, too! You can substitute a pop-up challenge for any activity on the bingo card. Pop-up challenges will be issued several times between July 4 and September 7 via Facebook. You can also email event organizer Stephanie at apd@thvmail.organd ask for a pop-up challenge, she loves coming up with this stuff!

What if I can’t find a certain type of park, cemetery or other space listed on the challenge card?
We’ve provided some helpful links right on the Village Fitness Challenge bingo card to help you out. If you’re still looking for inspiration, feel free to email event organizer Stephanie at apd@thvmail.orgor post what you’re trying to find on our Village Fitness Challenge group page on Facebook for a crowd-sourced answer!

Feel free to be creative, too—can’t find a local cemetery where people were buried in the 1800s? Try to find a graveyard where WWI or WWII veterans are interred instead! Or visit your local cemetery in person and locate the oldest headstone there. It might be from the 1900s, but that’s okay. You got out there and found some history, and that’s what this is all about.

Couldn’t I just print the Village Fitness Challenge bingo card and use it without donating?
You could, but please note that only paid registrants are eligible for the t-shirt (must register by August 8) and other swag. We hope you’ll at least consider registering ($10) to support the Troy Historical Society, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates the Troy Historic Village. But we completely understand if it’s not possible right now—it’s been an incredibly difficult few months for most everybody. Get outdoors and enjoy these challenge activities with our blessing!

Isn’t it weird that a historical society is offering a fitness challenge?
We don’t think so! We’ve used the grounds of the Village as a unique classroom space for outdoor Museum Yoga classes for several years, and our Thursday Walking Group will celebrate its 2-year anniversary this September. If you’ve ever seen our Blacksmithing instructor or her students hammering metal into art in our Wagon Shop, you’ll recognize there’s quite a bit of strength needed for that activity!

We love getting outdoors on the Village Green and in our community—both are filled with history and nature, and we want to share that with you. This virtual Village Fitness Challenge is a great way to add some fun to your current routine or start a new one!

How will Troy Historic Village use my Village Fitness Challenge donations?
The Troy Historic Village is operated by the Troy Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation will help us at a critical time, as we reopen the Village in phases following statewide museum closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The support you give helps us make up for the loss of two of our main sources of income: spring field trips that were cancelled when schools closed starting in March and the Troy Traffic Jam classic car show, which we’ve had to postpone until August 1, 2021. Your dollars continue to fund education as we develop virtual and outreach activities for students. Your support means that we can continue to preserve and share the history of our community.

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