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Lanark and Rutherglen to be transformed into a giant game

Published Friday, 08 February 2019

School children getting ready to take part in the Beat the Street event coming to Rutherglen

Thousands of residents will compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run, scoot, or cycle the furthest.

Running from Friday 15 February until Friday 29 March, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town on foot, scooter or bicycle.

Around 40 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across both Lanark and Rutherglen. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe during a journey, the more points they earn.

Schools and community groups across both towns will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win prizes of sport and fitness equipment. Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing 

In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.

More than 900,000 people have played Beat the Street to date with previous games taking place in London, Dublin, Belfast as well as in Dumfries and North Lanarkshire. 

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of the council, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places and the Scottish Government. 

Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor John Ross, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Lanark and Rutherglen and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the challenge. 

“Anyone is able to get involved – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving. Watch out for Beat Boxes appearing on a street near you.

“We hope the game encourages all participants to become more familiar with their wonderful local communities and perhaps future short journeys will be made by walking, scooting or cycling.”

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