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Celebrating 20 years of Venture Outdoors

Join the 2,021 in 2021 Challenge!

For 20 years, Venture Outdoors has provided the gear and guidance to help folx experience wellness and fun outdoors!  To help celebrate, we’re challenging YOU to venture 2,021 miles outside throughout 2021.   

How does this challenge work? 

All you have to do is move outdoors!  Walk, hike, bike, kayak, ski, snowshoe, swim…whatever you like!  Keep track of all of your miles however you like; fitness tracker, paper, Excel spreadsheet.  Submit your miles ventured once a month and keep on moving! 

We encourage you to use this challenge to meet your goal of trying new outdoor experiences, to set a new health and wellness goal, or to simply enjoy the outdoors. Sign up and you’ll receive:

  • Venture Outdoors 2021 medal
  • T-shirt designed by youth contest winner
  • Invitation to an end of year celebration party 



I’m in! But how do I track my miles? 

You can track your miles however you like.  Have a fitness watch/app?  Great!  Not a fan of technology?  Just keep a running tally on a piece of paper at home.   

Will you audit the miles to ‘prove’ I made it 2,021 miles? 

NOPE!  This is all about fun on the honor system!   

Do I have to know the exact miles? 

No, use your best guess and underestimate. In general, google maps and trail markers can help you. 

Does walking the dog count? 

Yes! Write it down. 

Does driving count? 

Nope. Let’s power ourselves with our own abilities. E-bike rides and accessibility friendly adventures absolutely count! 

Does swimming count? 

As long as it occurs outside, swimming counts. Your morning mile swim at the gym does NOT count. 

Do ALL water adventures count? 

As long as it occurs outside, for sure it counts! If you can track it, you can count it. Try kayaking with us at Kayak Pittsburgh or swimming at Moraine State Park (weather appropriate). 

Do I have to do all of my miles by myself or do Venture Outdoors trips count? 

VO trips definitely count toward your total!  New this year, we’ll include the mileage for every trip in the trip description.  Just be sure to keep count and add them to your monthly mileage report. 

How do I report my monthly miles to VO? 

When you register for the challenge, you’ll provide us an email address.  At the end of every month, Kie (our Manager of Cool Stuff) will email you with a link to a three-question survey.  Just fill it out! 

Is there a kid-friendly challenge? 

YEP! Children are encouraged to venture at least 15 miles in 2021!  We also have a senior challenge (100 miles in 2021). 

What if I want to participate, but don’t have/like email? 

No problem!  Give us a call and we’ll help you log your mileage! 

Have additional questions?  Reach out to

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Ed. G – 2741.3 🎉
Robert J. – 1853
Robert H. – 1752.6
Wayne C. – 1612.6
Don R. – 1609
Linda S. -1561
Vicky C. – 1542.6
David L. 1470
Cindy G. – 1437
Gina D. – 1391.96
John L. – 1267.5
Kelly S. – 1266.87
Jim L. – 1141


Ed. G – 677.2
Robert H. – 560
Wayne C. – 410
Vicky C. – 400
Don R. – 399
Stacie C. – 360.95
Linda S. – 332
Cindy G. – 328
Gina D. – 323.96
Robert J. – 293

May Lead

Ed. G – 676.5
Robert H. – 491.3
Wayne C. – 370.3
Robert J. – 364
Vicky C. – 358.3
Linda S. – 340
Dionne B. – 330
Don R. – 319
Gina D. – 319
Mara A. – 286.61


Ed G. – 518.7
Wayne C. – 349
Robert H. – 347.3
Dionne B. – 326
Robert J. – 325
Vicky C. – 325
Don R.  – 306
David L. – 293
Jim L.  – 276
Judith Y. – 267.87

March Lead

Ed G – 499.9
Don R – 343
Amy N – 314
Cindy G – 285
Robert J – 279
Linda S – 266
Kelly S (Staff) – 255
Gary M – 241
Robert H – 234
John L  – 217

February Lead

Robert J. – 279
Dionne B- 225
Libby H – 225
Linda S 208
Kelly S. – 185 (Staff)
Patty L – 184
Priscilla J – 178
Ed G. – 177
Elizabeth M – 169.42
Jolene T – 159

January Lead

Robert J. – 313
Ed G. – 192
Roseanne S. – 192
Elizabeth M. – 186.91
Priscilla J. – 184
Linda S. – 175
Edward D. – 173
Kelly S. (Staff) – 172
Michael T. – 168

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