The 2021 MissionFiT Summer Journey:
Let’s Adventure to Athens!
This summer MissionFiT athletes, families and friends will board planes. trains and automobiles in an effort to reach Athens, Greece. Okay. The athletes won’t literally travel to Athens. However, this year’s Summer Journey Adventure to Athens promises to be just that… an adventure. Read on to learn more!
To participate in the 2021 MissionFiT’s Summer Journey: Adventure to Athens, virtually visit 28 cities by accumulating mileage with your team as you go from one city to the next. So, you can accumulate mileage wherever or whenever you go on vacation. Or from the comfort of a local Greenway, your neighborhood or even on a trip to get groceries.
When: June 7 – August 30
Who: MissionFiT athlete plus friends or family.
Each team consists of 3 persons but only 1 person on the teams needs to be a MissionFiT athlete. So use this journey as an opportunity to invite others into health and community with you!
- NOTE: You do not have to accumulate miles together in person. And the teammates don’t even have to live in the same state.
2021 Summer Journey: Adventure to Athens Competition Divisions:
There are four divisions in this competition to reach Athens:
- Prescribed or RX SPECIFIC
- Scaled SPECIFIC
- Prescribed or RX ALL ENCOMPASSING
- Scaled ALL ENCOMPASSING
Teams in this division will complete more miles than the Scaled Division. However, those miles are gained and counted when team members take specific walks, runs or bicycle rides. For example;
- An team member goes out on a 3-mile run
- Another team member walks 1 mile
- A third team member may choose to ride 5 miles on a bicycle.
NOTE: This division is great for teams that plan on completing at least 45 or more miles per week.
Just as the RX Division, teams in this division complete mileage counted from specific walks or runs or bike rides. However, if team members are more suited to lower mileage gains, say less than 45 miles a week, then completing the journey requirements in the scaled division is a good fit for your team.
RX’d ALL ENCOMPASSING:
Like the RX SPECIFIC division, RX All Encompassing division will complete more miles. However, every mile completed throughout your day will count. For example:
- Tracking your steps/mileage on an Apple Watch and including those toward your total miles as well as miles accumulated with specific workouts
NOTE: Choose this division if your team plans on completing at least 100 or more miles per week.
Scaled ALL ENCOMPASSING:
Again, this division will complete less miles than the RX Division. But, like the RX Division, every mile counts.
NOTE: Choose this division if your team plans on completing less than 100 miles per week.
Instead of a catchy team name, teams will pick a Country. So as countries compete against each other for bragging rights, so do MissionFiT teams.
- Note: Country Team Names are chosen on a first come first serve basis. So have a couple of back-ups incase your favorite country is already taken by another team. We can’t all be the U.S.!
How The 2021 MissionFiT Summer Journey: Adventure to Athens Works:
- Register for FREE HERE. Only 1 person from the team needs to register the team.
- Receive via email, your team tracking sheet and first milestone on June 7th .
- Track your mileage as a team.
- The total mileage for each milestone is a cumulative number. So, let’s say the challenge for Milestone 1 is 30 miles. Jane completes 10 miles and Jon completes 20. So the pair meet the mileage for that challenge.
- Each milestone will include an additional Challenge. However, each activity is something suitable for every fitness and age level.
- Once you complete a “Milestone”, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Country Name. Note which milestone you’ve just completed. Then you will receive the next Milestone Challenge! Remember, the entire event is operating on “the honor code”!
- At the end of the competition, late August, will be a fun team Olympics event!
Be The First
Compete with other teams around the country from your own home. The first team to complete the challenge wins a prize!
The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was the first international Olympic Games held in modern history. Organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which had been created by French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympiad was held in for 9 days in Athens, Greece.
[Approximately] Fourteen nations and 241 male athletes took part in the games. Participants were all European, or living in Europe, with the exception of the United States team. Over 65% of the competing athletes were Greek. Winners were given a silver medal, while runners-up received a copper medal. Ten of the 14 participating nations earned medals. The United States won the most gold medals, 11, while host nation Greece won the most medals overall, 46. The highlight for the Greeks was the marathon victory by their compatriot Spyridon Louis. The most successful competitor was German wrestler and gymnast Carl Schuhmann, who won four events.
Athens had been unanimously chosen to stage the inaugural modern Games during a congress organized by Coubertin in Paris on 23 June 1894, during which the IOC was also created, because Greece was the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games.
The 1896 Olympics were regarded as a great success. The Games had the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date. After the Games, Coubertin and the IOC were petitioned by several prominent figures, including Greece’s King George and some of the American competitors in Athens, to hold all the following Games in Athens. However, the 1900 Summer Olympics were already planned for Paris and, except for the Intercalated Games of 1906, the Olympics did not return to Greece until the 2004 Summer Olympics, 108 years later. Learn more about the Olympics here.