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12th Annual Take a Hike Day

Group of walkers smiling, waving

The event last year drew a happy crowd.

Photo: Mena Brunette

Join the Office of Research Services for the 12th annual Take a Hike Day, a non-competitive and fun walk/run on Wednesday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1, rain or shine.  

Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks from NIH leadership. Not on campus? No problem. You can participate in Take a Hike Day at the following off-campus locations: Executive Plaza, Fishers Lane, Rockledge and Shady Grove. New participating locations this year are Rocky Mountain Laboratories and NIEHS Research Triangle Park. To register, visit

Fun fact—the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. So lace up your walking shoes and take a break from the routine for a walk or jog around the perimeter of the NIH campus (about 3.25 miles). No matter how fast you walk or how far you run, the ultimate goals are to begin or continue a regular habit of physical activity and create a foundation for long-term behavior changes for a healthier lifestyle. 

More than 16,000 employees have participated in Take a Hike Day over the past 11 years, so let’s continue the tradition. Physical activity is always more fun with a partner, so collect your co-workers and register today. Remember to bring your NIH ID badge to get back on campus at the conclusion of the walk/run.

Through the end of June, NIH is highlighting wellness-supporting events through the “Spring into Wellness” campaign. To learn more about NIH-sponsored events that support your financial, social, career, physical and community well-being, visit

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