Mayor’s School Walking Challenge
Sometimes fun, friendly competition between communities is a great way to get people involved…
and that’s exactly what happens with the High Five! Mayor’s School Walking Challenge!
This one-month competition challenges mayors and their schools throughout Southern Idaho to get walking to improve health, build teamwork and school pride, heighten awareness of better living styles, and to have fun!
With mayors leading the way, elementary school students learn that walking is a great way to be more fit! Each mayor who logs an average of 10,000 steps per day will receive $1,000 to donate for physical activity equipment for a local elementary school or city park.
Elementary schools throughout Southwest, Central, and Southeast Idaho are also invited to join their Mayor and participate in the Mayor’s School Walking Challenge. From Monday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 31, elementary school track the average number of miles walked per student. The top 50 schools win funds for physical activity and lunchroom equipment!
Congratulations mayors! The 2017 Mayor’s School Walking Challenge has been completed. As of 11:59 p.m. on October 31st, mayors walked 16,171,359 STEPS – which is 7,465 miles!
|City||# Steps Walked||Avg Steps Walked|
|Gordon Petrie||Emmett||1,455,064 steps||47,090 avg.|
|Kevin England||Chubbuck||809,888 steps||26,125 avg.|
|Nina Jonas||Ketchum||738,305 steps||24,251 avg.|
|Aaron Beutler||Dayton||677,120 steps||21,843 avg.|
|Stacy Pascoe||Shelley||670,555 steps||21,840 avg.|
|Dave Davis||Jerome||635,511 steps||20,500 avg.|
|Cleo Gallegos||Heyburn||595,688 steps||19,003 avg.|
|Joan Hawkins||Malad||509,250 steps||16,411 avg.|
|Tammy de Weerd||Meridian||506,493 steps||16,338 avg.|
|Paul Loomis||Blackfoot||494,603 steps||15,870 avg.|
|Rich Sykes||Mountain Home||469,983 steps||15,276 avg.|
|Hyrum Johnson||Driggs||467,783 steps||15,173 avg.|
|Jackie Aymon||McCall||166,920 steps||15,286 avg.|
|Greg Garner||Weston||455,074 steps||14,680 avg.|
|Gheen Christoffersen||Homedale||454,623 steps||17,434 avg.|
|Marc Beitia||American Falls||445,704 steps||14,745 avg.|
|Bob Henry||Nampa||435,381 steps||14,045 avg.|
|Brian Blad||Pocatello||426,058 steps||13,357 avg.|
|Shawn Barigar||Twin Falls||407,547 steps||13,147 avg.|
|John Gailey||Clifton||402,569 steps||12,986 avg.|
|Jerry Merrill||Rexburg||376,046 steps||12,297 avg.|
|John Evans||Garden City||369,020 steps||12,059 avg.|
|Teddy Stronks||Ashton||368,087 steps||11,880 avg.|
|Gloria Hoopes||Tetonia||366,324 steps||11,817 avg.|
|Bob Powell||Garden Valley||363,860 steps||11,737 avg.|
|Dan Pierson||Shoshone||363,205 steps||11,726 avg.|
|Brad Andersen||Iona||361,147 steps||11,677 avg.|
|Nanette T Rhodes||Cambridge||327,865 steps||10,558 avg.|
|Scott Marolf||Fairfield||326,828 steps||10,287 avg.|
|David Ogden||Sugar City||323,168 steps||10,414 avg.|
|Randall Patterson||Carey||314,902 steps||10,221 avg.|
|Austin Turley||Rockland||310,459 steps||9,901 avg.|
|Judith Nissula||Cascade||226,368 steps||7,539 avg.|
|Jackie Barthlome||Grace||461,655 steps||14,892 avg.|
|Neils Thueson||St Anthony||88,306 steps||6,421 avg.|
|Alicia Mora Almazan||Wilder||N/A||N/A|
|Allen Hatch||Oxford City||N/A||N/A|
|Connie Wills||Glenns Ferry||N/A||N/A|
|Rebecca L. Noah Casper||Idaho Falls, ID||N/A||N/A|
|Robert (B.J.) Berlin||Roberts||N/A||N/A|
Along the way, mayors become advocates for healthy communities:
Meridian’s Mayor: Tammy de Weerd
Mayor de Weerd: They make me feel like a rock star. I went to River Valley Elementary and they gave me a tiara and a sash, and they always have “Welcome Mayor Tammy” on their frontside.
Emmett’s Mayor: Gordon Petrie
Mayor Petrie: It helped me drop 10 pounds, like that!
Homedale’s Mayor: Gheen Christoffersen
Mayor Christoffersen: If we can figure out how to get kids involved from the school, we would get the parents involved and we’d have a healthier place to live.