20 Ways To Find Fitness In 2017 

For 16 years, the mission of the Platte River Fitness Series has centered on building a community of people who are engaged in physical activity, who work to make healthy lifestyle choices, and who believe in the power of a challenge to help them in all areas of life. The PRFS 2017 will include new faces and familiar events, returning favorites and more than enough motivation. Let’s work together to build a culture of community wellness. You are never alone on the journey.

The Platte River Fitness Series (PRFS) is designed to support, inspire, motivate and educate area citizens about the personal and community benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.  We do so by providing tangible, consistent, and varied opportunities to make behavior changes that will last a lifetime.  We encourage positive change and healthier living by fostering a community of people who share the same desire to be healthy, strong and bold.

We have chosen events that are open and inclusive, where every ability level has a place at the start and finish lines.  We make sure that every athlete knows that there is a caring community behind them and that every event is motivating them to reach and maintain their wellness goals.  The PRFS is a socially responsible initiative which encourages local racing, local sponsorship, use of local businesses, and produces proceeds that benefit local charities and organizations.

Competition Focus

What makes the Platte River Fitness Series unique is its focus on fitness through participation. We believe that event-focused training offers individuals the motivation and goal-setting skills required to make lifestyle changes permanent.

The PRFS is designed to provide fitness events that encourage this type of participation. The events have been carefully selected to provide a way for athletes to continue to challenge themselves along their fitness journey by offering a broad range of distances and event types. Athletes can progress from conquering a 5K to a 10K, to a half-marathon, and up to a full marathon. They can accept the challenge of a trail or adventure race. Finally, they can achieve the best possible overall level of fitness for life by training for and participating in the sport of triathlon.

the present and future

In 2017, the Platte River Fitness Series will create 20 opportunities and 20 goals to help people achieve a healthy lifestyle. This year's events reflect the west-central Nebraska region, extending to communities from Ogallala to Brady. We offer triathlons, 5Ks (3.1 miles), 10Ks (6.2 miles), half-marathons (13.1 miles) and a full marathon (26.2 miles), offering a continuum of challenging fitness activities. 

These events support a variety of community organizations and causes, including Habitat for Humanity, agriculture in Nebraska, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, scholarships for students at three area high schools, child advocacy, local mentoring programs, school activity funds, and community wellness, including the Platte River Fitness Series itself.

Our goal moving forward will continue to reflect our mission. It is our fervent belief that the well-being of our community begins with healthy, happy and energized citizens. Our athletes, by placing value on their personal health and fitness, have changed the landscape of our communities, and it is our vision to continue to support our changing community culture.

HISTORY

Sixteen years ago, a group of North Platte citizens gathered to address the state’s and nation’s ever-worsening obesity crisis. This grassroots organization, known as Healthy for Life, envisioned that North Platte could be full of fitness opportunities and active people — with a reduction in everything from obesity and healthcare costs, to the migration of people away from small communities who are looking for these healthy opportunities. This gathering charged the committee representative from the North Platte Recreation Department with developing a way for the entire community to become more active.

From this mandate and with strong financial support from area physicians, Great Plains Health, the Lincoln County Medical Alliance, and NebraskaLand National Bank, the original initiative involved three fitness “challenges,” including a triathlon, a bike race and a road race. With leadership and continued organizational support from the North Platte Recreation Department, and an expanding list of corporate sponsors and incredible volunteer support, the initiative grew to seven events in 2008 — the inaugural year for the fitness participation challenge now known as the Platte River Fitness Series. From the very beginning, every event was designed to accommodate all ages and abilities.