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 will track the average number of miles walked per student. The top 50 schools will win funds for physical activity and lunchroom equipment!
As of 9:00 a.m. on October 20th, mayors have walked over 9.7 MILLION STEPS or roughly 4,507 miles!
|City||# Steps Walked||Avg Steps Walked|
|Gordon Petrie||Emmett||945,200 steps||48,982 avg.|
|Kevin England||Chubbuck||476,600 steps||24,046 avg.|
|Nina Jonas||Ketchum||466,667 steps||25,202 avg.|
|Stacy Pascoe||Shelley||401,697 steps||20,943 avg.|
|Aaron Beutler||Dayton||368,853 steps||19,225 avg.|
|Dave Davis||Jerome||344,772 steps||17,545 avg.|
|Cleo Gallegos||Heyburn||327,030 steps||17,082 avg.|
|Paul Loomis||Blackfoot||326,883 steps||16,643 avg.|
|Tammy de Weerd||Meridian||319,069 steps||16,762 avg.|
|Hyrum Johnson||Driggs||314,213 steps||16,767 avg.|
|Marc Beitia||American Falls||301,578 steps||15,873 avg.|
|Rich Sykes||Mountain Home||298,018 steps||15,326 avg.|
|Joan Hawkins||Malad||281,917 steps||14,324 avg.|
|Greg Garner||Weston||274,138 steps||14,404 avg.|
|Gheen Christoffersen||Homedale||273,708 steps||16,864 avg.|
|Jackie Barthlome||Grace||269,021 steps||14,156 avg.|
|Shawn Barigar||Twin Falls||247,835 steps||12,748 avg.|
|Jerry Merrill||Rexburg||244,516 steps||12,836 avg.|
|John Gailey||Clifton||242,768 steps||12,719 avg.|
|Gloria Hoopes||Tetonia||232,017 steps||12,206 avg.|
|Teddy Stronks||Ashton||218,916 steps||11,508 avg.|
|Brad Andersen||Iona||216,427 steps||11,562 avg.|
|Bob Henry||Nampa||211,310 steps||13,608 avg.|
|Bob Powell||Garden Valley||211,239 steps||11,096 avg.|
|John Evans||Garden City||210,654 steps||11,898 avg.|
|Dan Pierson||Shoshone||201,959 steps||11,197 avg.|
|Randall Patterson||Carey||199,585 steps||10,571 avg.|
|David Ogden||Sugar City||195,340 steps||9,906 avg.|
|Nanette T Rhodes||Cambridge||188,884 steps||9,736 avg.|
|Brian Blad||Pocatello||187,435 steps||9,858 avg.|
|Austin Turley||Rockland||175,806 steps||9,660 avg.|
|Jackie Aymon||McCall||166,920 steps||15,286 avg.|
|Judith Nissula||Cascade||140,646 steps||7,372 avg.|
|Scott Marolf||Fairfield||120,808 steps||10,000 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.