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Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time to gear up for annual Town Step challenge
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Brittney Cutler
Special to Niagara Now/The Lake Report

It’s almost time again for Niagara-on-the-Lake residents to get out their sneakers for the annual Town Step Challenge, which starts June 1.

Terry Mactaggart is ready to get stepping and will be going above and beyond trying to beat her steps during the month-long event.

“I like a challenge. I walk five days a week and it was my own personal challenge to see how far I walked each day,” the Niagara-on-the-Lake resident says of past step challenges. “I’m a walker anyways and a hiker, so it was very easy to do.”

When she participated two years ago, her daily goal was 10,000 steps or more. She looks forward to getting out and trying to accomplish her personal best and test her own limits. 

Her advice for those who are starting out or are first time participants is to start slowly and take it easy. 

“Do as much as you can. Start off small, do a short distance first if you haven’t done this before and work your way up. Hopefully by the end of the month you’ll feel more comfortable and enjoy the experience,” Mactaggart says. 

Mactaggart says she thinks it’s an important thing to do this year because of COVID. 

“People need to get out and get some fresh air and exercise and I applaud the town for bringing the challenge back,” Mactaggart says. 

Lord Mayor Betty Disero says she will be taking part as well. 

She encourages people to social distance if they are going to be participating this year, but notes this is a great opportunity to get together and get some exercise. 

“Remember to keep your distance from others as you’re out there walking. Stay safe, follow all the protocols and let’s get to it,” Disero says. 

If you are planning to participate in the Town Step Challenge this year, you can register on the town's website (notl.com/stepchallenge) either as an individual or in a team of four. The challenge will run from June 1 to 30 and is open to anyone who lives or works in Niagara-on-the-Lake.