Quay County On The Move

Quay County On The Move is a joint initiative of the Quay County Extension Service and Quay County Health Council with funding from Presbyterian Health Care Services. A committee of volunteers work to promote and provide fitness activities in Quay County New Mexico. This committee meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 in room A-219 at Mesalands Community College. Anyone interested in helping with the planning is welcome to attend. Activities are designed to encourage families of all ages to increase their physical activity.

blue logo is a walking sun

Events and Activities

First Saturday Walks

Quay County on the Move is hosting 1st Saturday Walks at 8:00 am on the 1st Saturday of each month. Walks will be held at Dunn Park. The walks are free and everyone who registers receives a prize. We will be walking with different professionals each month.

For October we encourage everyone to walk in the Fun Run Walk.

Flyer advertising a walking program

Step Into Spring Challenge 2018

2018 Step Into Spring Challenge Awards

We had 102 people sign up for the challenge and are excited about how many people participated. 86 entered steps into the program. We hope that you will join us for other activities hosted by Quay County On The Move

This year the competition was tough, average steps among our winners was approximately 40 percent higher than last year.

Individual Winners are:

Most steps for individuals on a team

3rd - Billie Biggers with 1,421,603

2nd - Nicole Manley with 1,625,022

1st - Lynda Sills with 2,026,816

Most Steps for individuals not on a team. These people have more of a challenge because they do not have teammates to motivate them. These people more than doubled the amount of steps from the winners last year.

3rd - Darla Alarcon with 478,062

2nd - Gail Balzano with 548,535

1st - Scott Marquart with 790,393

Most Improved Steps

This person consistently moved up the leader board throughout the challenge. Moving an average of 6.6 places per week making it from 49th to 15th The most improve winner is Martha Stephens.

There were 17 teams with more than 1 person on them

Team Awards: Step counts are averaged so that different size teams can compete.

With an average step count of 657,592 the 3rd place team is 4K Lawn Care - Kyle Griffiths, Kristen Griffiths, Kale Griffiths, and Anna Zamora

2nd place team was Team Blue with a step count of 713,769 - Nicole Manley, Billie Biggers, Daniel Vargas, Josie Abeyta, Jodee Vargas, Victoria Harb, Christina Hyslop, Beverly Harb, and Emma Gutierrez

1st Team Walkabout - Lynda Sills, Arya Bogart had a step count of 1,298,300

If you missed the awards program, stop by the Extension Office to pick up your award. Everyone who participated received a medal for taking a giant step toward better health.

  • Log Sheet
    Research shows that tracking helps us stay motivated. Here is a log sheet to help you. Make it your goal to increase your steps by 10% each week.
  • Step Conversion Chart
    If you do activities other than walking you may use this chart to convert your activity to steps.

Walking Scavenger Hunt

Here is a fun opportunity for you and your family. Visit the listed walking routes and follow the path on the route sign. Take a picture of the items on the list and bring your completed list the Extension Office for a prize. If you are on the rail trail, the objects are in order from the beginning of the route to the end. The other routes can be done in any order.

Find a Motivational Rock

Over 50 painted rocks with the #QuayCountyOnTheMove on the back were painted and hidden along the walking routes and in town by Tucumcari FFA Students. Find one of these rocks and bring it to the Extension Office for a prize. You can then post a photo on social media and hide it again for someone else to find.

4 Members of Winning Step Challenge 2017 Team
Members of Senior Center Team that won 2017 Step Challenge
Quay County on the Move Banner
Picture of Painted Rocks
Rocks Painted by FFA and Hidden in Parks

Safe Walking Routes

Map of Dunn Park Route
Map of Fitness Complex Route

This Downtown Walking Trail is Approximately 2 miles

Park and start at the Railroad Depot. Walk South on 2nd street to Main cross to South side of street. Head West on Main to 3rd. Head South on 3rd to High Street. Head East on High Street to 2nd Street and Turn Right pass the Library, past the mural. Turn left (East) on Route 66 and cross at the light. Turn East on Adams Street and head North past the Dinosaur museum Historical museum, and Dream Catcher Hospitality House to Main Street. Turn West on Main Street. Cross 1st street and head to 2nd street. Turn South on 2nd past the mural and Stop at Aber. Cross to the West side of the street and head back North to the train depot past the new park. End at the train depot. Tourist could take side trips to see the parks, church, city hall, or mural on Aber.

Map of Northside Park route
Map of Tucumcari Elementry School Route
picture of trail head sign for walking route at depot
Map of Rail Trail route

Get Moving Tucumcari Fun Run Walk

Join us for Quay County’s Ninth Annual 5K (3.1 miles) walk on October 6, 2018 beginning and ending at Damon Kvols Park on Route 66 and 6th street. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. with number assignments. Everyone needs to be registered by 7:45 a.m., so they will be able to participate in the orientation. The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. sharp as participants will walk a marked course; West on Hines, up 11th street and head East on Washington and down 2nd street and then back to the park. Yes, the hill will be first, but that will be when we are the freshest and then it is downhill all the rest of the way. There will be a first aid/refreshment station on the course hosted by PMS Quay County Family Health Center and at the finish line the refreshment station is hosted by Altrusa. Once you complete the course, you will turn in your wrist band. Shirts will be ordered for all of the finishers. The shirts will be ready for you to pick up by the end of October. Shirt pick up will be at the Quay County Extension Office (216 E Center Street.)

This is not a competition, so bring out your whole family to join in the walk. You can run, walk, or roll the course. If you bring a pet, it is expected to be on a leash. People walking with pets are asked to walk at the back of the group. Those who are experienced runners will be at the head of the group, so that they can easily run the course. Volunteers will be stationed along the course to stop traffic as you pass and for other needs you may have.

A New Walker/Senior Citizen ½ course (2.5 K/1.5 miles) will be offered. Those interested will be driven to the comfort station at the halfway point to begin their walk on the regular course. These finishers will also receive a t-shirt. To take advantage of this course, after you register, report to one of the vans.

There is not a charge to participate. To expedite the registration process you may pick up a registration form at the Quay County Extension Office or download it from http://quayextension.nmsu.edu and have it completed before you arrive. All participants under 18 will need their registration form signed by their parent or guardian. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. The fun run/walk is hosted by the Quay County Health Council’s Nutrition and Fitness Committee and the Quay County Extension Service. For more information, contact Brenda Bishop at 461-0562.

Flyer advertising fun run walk
  • Registration Form
    Print and fill out. Then bring it to registration to exchange it for your arm band.