The Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department is ringing in 2014 by challenging residents to join the fifth annual Hillsboro Fitness Challenge.

Designed to create a healthier community, the Hillsboro Fitness Challenge is a 12-week program running Jan. 6 to March 28 that provides participants with fitness and nutritional tools to be more active and healthy. Participants can sign up for an “activity” category or a “weight loss” category, depending on their needs.

Prizes are awarded at the end of the 12 weeks based on individual success in either category.

“For those who are looking for motivation, support or direction to reach their fitness goals and to feel healthier for 2014, this is the challenge for them. It doesn’t matter their age or fitness level, we have designed this challenge to help everyone,” said Brooke Ives, recreation program supervisor.

Hillsboro Fitness Challenge participants can engage in activities on their own or with a group. Additional fitness and nutrition classes are offered through Hillsboro Parks & Recreation and at the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) to support the challenge. Other classes offered that support the fitness program are regular drop-in classes at SHARC, including cardio circuit, cardio jam, Tai Chi, Aqua Zumba, aqua fit, indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates, Willpower and Grace, Turbo Kick and more. Participants are also encouraged to use other Hillsboro businesses for their fitness and wellness needs.

Registration for the fitness challenge is $50 per person, which includes a personal training session, two body composition readings and a fitness assessment. Access to four weekly classes at the SHARC is included.

For more information or to register, contact SHARC at 503-681-6127, or online at

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