Idaho Mayors Earn $76,000 in Mayor’s Walking Challenge

Idaho mayors hit the sidewalks, trails and anywhere they could walk in October to earn money for their community during the annual Mayor’s Walking Challenge, sponsored by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. This year’s challenge attracted a record number of participants, allowing the Foundation to award $76,000 to Idaho communities.

“We thank all of the mayors who participated and congratulate those who set great examples for their communities by walking,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “We appreciate the commitment of Idaho mayors who want their communities to be healthier for everyone.”

The Mayor’s Walking Challenge, put on each October by the Foundation, helps shine a spotlight on the importance of children being physically active. In the seventh year of the challenge, 81 mayors registered and 76 reached the monthly step goal to each earn $1,000 for their community.

Mayors can designate the funds for COVID-19 relief efforts or for programs, projects or equipment that encourage kids to be active. Physical activity and access to healthy foods are two key factors in keeping kids healthy in a time when one in three Idaho children are either overweight or obese.

In past years, mayors have used the funds for parks improvements, providing grants for kids to participate in city recreation programs, walking paths, crosswalks, supporting youth-focused nonprofits and more.

A list of the mayors who won $1,000 for their city in the Mayor’s Walking Challenge is below and listed alphabetically by city within each region of Idaho.


Eastern Idaho                                                           Northern Idaho

City Mayor City Mayor
American Falls Rebekah Sorensen Athol Bill Hill
Ammon Sean Coletti Bonners Ferry James R. Staples
Arimo Lonnie Gunter Coeur d’Alene Steve Widmyer
Bancroft LuCus Spencer Cottonwood Pepper Harman
Blackfoot Marc Carroll East Hope Vern Fleisher
Chubbuck Kevin England Ferdinand Ralph Wassmuth
Clifton John Gailey Genesee Steve Odenborg
Dayton Melvin E. Beutler Hayden Lake Jim Ackerman
Downey Rex Nielsen Hope William Breen
Driggs Hyrum Johnson Juliaetta Richard Groseclose
Firth Brandon Jolley Kamiah Betty Heater
Grace Jackie Barthlome Lapwai Antonio Smith
Idaho Falls Rebecca Casper Lewiston Michael Collins
Malad Joan Hawkins Moscow Bill Lambert
Mud Lake Sherry Locascio Moyie Springs Steve Economu
Pocatello Brian Blad Nezperce Steve Bateman
Preston Dan Keller Orofino Sean Simmons
Rexburg Jerry Merrill Osburn Kip McGillivray
Roberts B.J. Berlin Peck Nancy Greene
Shelley Stacy Pascoe Ponderay Steve Geiger
St. Anthony Donald Powell Post Falls Ron Jacobson
Victor Will Frohlich Priest River Jim Martin
Weston Greg Garner Smelterville Linda Guthmiller
Spirit Lake Renee Eastman
Wallace Lynn Mogensen
Winchester Miriam Youngren
Worley Charlene Waddell


South Central Idaho                                                   Southwestern Idaho

City Mayor City Mayor
Albion Isaac Loveland Boise Lauren McLean
Burley Steve Ormond Caldwell Garret Nancolas
Dietrich Deborah Moon Cascade Judith Nissula
Fairfield Terry Lee Crouch Bob Powell
Hazelton Art Watkins Eagle Jason Pierce
Heyburn Mark Rosa Emmett Gordon Petrie
Hollister Jayne Self Garden City John Evans
Jerome David Davis Homedale Gheen Christoffersen
Shoshone Dan Pierson McCall Robert Giles
Stanley Steve Botti Meridian Robert Simison
Twin Falls Suzanne Hawkins Nampa Debbie Kling
Wendell Donald Dunn Parma Angie Lee




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