Monday Mile Parks Passport Summer Challenge


What is the Monday Mile Parks Passport Summer Challenge?

The Monday Mile Parks Passport Summer Challenge is a way to get active this summer in Central New York.  Across Onondaga County, there are 17 marked, one-mile trails that you can walk, jog or stroll.  Simply pick up a Monday Mile passport, find a route and get moving.  If you choose, you can register with us online to win some great prizes and get rewarded for being active.  When you register, you will set a fitness goal and once you have reached your goal, call Syracuse City Parks at 315-214-3369 to arrange a time to pick up your prize.  During the summer there will be a number of scheduled walks you can join if you want to walk with others, or move anytime that fits in your schedule.

Where do I register?

Click here to register.  You must register if you wish to be eligible for prizes.

How much does this program cost?

It's free!  There is no charge to register, get a passport, join a group walk/stroll or earn prizes.  

Where can I  get a Monday Mile passport?

There are a few different ways to get a passport:

  • Stop by the Firebarn in Upper Onondaga Park (500 Summit Avenue), Monday-Friday between 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Download a copy here

How do I earn prizes?

You can earn prizes for completing Monday Mile walk/strolls.  Get your passport, make sure you've registered here and choose your Monday Mile goal when you register.  The goal categories are:

  • Monday Mile 5k- complete three Monday Mile routes and get a water bottle
  • City Parks Passport- complete each of the six Monday Mile routes located in Syracuse City Parks and earn a great prize to be used in one of the parks (ex: golf pass)
  • Monday Mile Half Marathon- complete any thirteen Monday Mile routes and get a Monday Mile Parks Passport t-shirt
  • All Monday Mile Passport- complete ALL seventeen different Monday Mile routes across Onondaga County for a t-shirt, water bottle and to be entered in a raffle to win a NYS Empire Passport, which provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state park and recreational facilities in New York state!

Once you've registered and set your goal, get moving!  Return your passport at the Firebarn in Upper Onondaga Park to claim your prize.  You must call Syracuse City Parks at 315-214-3369 to arrange a time for prize pickup.

Can I set more than one goal?

You can participate in the Monday Mile Parks Passport Summer Challenge all summer long, but you may only earn a prize for the completion of one goal category, so be sure to choose the goal that is reasonable for you when you register.  Even after you have met your goal, keep doing the Monday Mile, there are plenty of routes to explore!

Where are the Monday Miles located?

There are 17 Monday Mile routes across Onondaga County, many of them in the city and county parks.  Visit the Monday Mile page on our website for a list of routes and to download route maps.  Remember to check off each route you complete on your Monday Mile passport.  We do list a number of additional walking routes in the community but only those that have official Monday Mile signs can be counted toward your goal.

Monday isn't a good day for me to walk, what can I do?

Here at Healthy Monday Syraucse, we like to say Monday is the day to set your intentions and kick off the week with a healthy start, but if Monday just isn't your day, you can walk the Monday Mile any day of the week!  Whatever day you choose to do the Monday Mile, set a goal to keep those healthy behaviors up for the rest of the week.  We will be sure to let you know about any group walks occuring on other days throughout the week if you are interested in joining others for a walk.  Check the calendar on our homepage.

Are there walking/strolling groups I can join?

Absolutely!  The Monday Mile is a great way to exercise, meet others and enjoy scenic locations around Central New York!  If you are interested in joining a group Monday Mile, please take a look at the calendar on the homepage.

Other Questions?

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Campus Events and News

Our programming has ended for the spring 2015 semester, please check back with us when the Fall 2015 semester begins for our great lineup of Healthy Monday programs!   

Fitness Classes

In partnership with Recreation Services, a rotating schedule of free fitness classes are offered during the academic year.  Check back with us at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester for a schedule of classes.

Cardio Cards

SU Students- If you have a completed cardio card, please let us know by May 9th, 2015 to redeem your prize!

The Monday Mile

Check out the Monday Mile SU Campus loop that begins in front of Schine student center, loops through north campus and ends in front of Newhouse.  There is also a Monday Mile route on south campus beginning on Skytop road near the Goldstein student center.  

Mindful Meditation

Explore the benefits of meditation.  This class offers meditation instruction and practice to the SU community.  Healthy Monday meditation will resume in the fall, please visit Hendricks Chapel  for a schedule of summer meditation sittings.

Meatless Monday

SU Food Services offers a daily variety of healthy, meatless options to help you go meatless at SU.  Dining Center and Cafe hours are limited during the summer, visit Food Services for hours.

Free Fruit

Did you know that every Monday during the academic year, we give away free fruit in Archbold Gym. Ernie Davis fitness center, Marshall Square Mall fitness center, SU Health Services and People's Place in Hendricks Chapel for the SU community as well as the CAB at Upstate?  Start your Monday with a healthy snack at any of these locations.  Extra deliveries of fruit are brought to Archbold at 12pm and 4pm and SU Health Services at 12pm.  Fruit deliveries will resume at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

Tobacco Cessation

The University Wellness Initiative offers free tobacco cessation courses for the campus community.  Visit the University Wellness Initiative for more information.


Community Events and News

Ton of Fun

In partnership with Fleet Feet Sports and the City of Syracuse, the Ton of Fun 12-week challenge is underway.  Ton of Fun is a city-wide challenge to lose a ton of weight together!  This program runs from April 13th, 2015-June 28, 2015.  

Click on the image below for more details about this program.


Healthy Life Day with La Liga- May 30th


The Spanish Action League and Crouse Hospital are sponsoring Healthy Life Day, a free community event on Saturday, May 30th at St. Lucy's auditorium (425 Gifford Street).  The event will be held from 11:00am-2:00pm.  For more information view the event flyer- English or Spanish versions.

Cycle In The City


Move more this summer with the Onondaga County Health Department's Cycle In th City!  Click the banner above for more details.

Check back often for more information about Healthy Monday Syracuse events in the community.  For the most up-to-date information, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Annual Programs and Events

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Walktober is a monthlong walking initiative and competition that encourages individuals and teams to use the month of October to get more physically active.  Sponsored by Healthy Monday Syracuse and SU Recreation Services, participants have an opportunity to join weekly Monday Mile walks, stay physically active all month and win prizes.  Click on the image above for highlights from Walktober 2014 and here for 2013!  If you are interested in organizing your own Walktober event, check out the implementation guide we've put together for help with planning.

National Public Health Week

During the first full week of April every year communities across the United States observe the American Public Health Association's National Public Health Week which recognizes the contributions of public health and brings attention to the issues we still face today.  Each year, Healthy Monday Syracuse coordinates a lunch lecture related to a relevant issue in public health.  Many thanks to Jill Catherine, Spokesperson and Body Image Expert for speaking at our lunch and learn held during National Public Health Week 2015.  

Walk with Us

Walk with Us is a walking initiative sponsored by Healthy Monday Syracuse and Recreation Services that occurs during the month of April.  After a long winter, it is great to get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while moving those muscles.  Each week, we organize a Monday Mile walk with notable members of the SU and Syracuse community.  


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