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

American FallsRebekah SorensenAtholBill Hill
AmmonSean ColettiBonners FerryJames R. Staples
ArimoLonnie GunterCoeur d’AleneSteve Widmyer
BancroftLuCus SpencerCottonwoodPepper Harman
BlackfootMarc CarrollEast HopeVern Fleisher
ChubbuckKevin EnglandFerdinandRalph Wassmuth
CliftonJohn GaileyGeneseeSteve Odenborg
DaytonMelvin E. BeutlerHayden LakeJim Ackerman
DowneyRex NielsenHopeWilliam Breen
DriggsHyrum JohnsonJuliaettaRichard Groseclose
FirthBrandon JolleyKamiahBetty Heater
GraceJackie BarthlomeLapwaiAntonio Smith
Idaho FallsRebecca CasperLewistonMichael Collins
MaladJoan HawkinsMoscowBill Lambert
Mud LakeSherry LocascioMoyie SpringsSteve Economu
PocatelloBrian BladNezperceSteve Bateman
PrestonDan KellerOrofinoSean Simmons
RexburgJerry MerrillOsburnKip McGillivray
RobertsB.J. BerlinPeckNancy Greene
ShelleyStacy PascoePonderaySteve Geiger
St. AnthonyDonald PowellPost FallsRon Jacobson
VictorWill FrohlichPriest RiverJim Martin
WestonGreg GarnerSmeltervilleLinda Guthmiller
Spirit LakeRenee Eastman
WallaceLynn Mogensen
WinchesterMiriam Youngren
WorleyCharlene Waddell


South Central Idaho                                                   Southwestern Idaho

AlbionIsaac LovelandBoiseLauren McLean
BurleySteve OrmondCaldwellGarret Nancolas
DietrichDeborah MoonCascadeJudith Nissula
FairfieldTerry LeeCrouchBob Powell
HazeltonArt WatkinsEagleJason Pierce
HeyburnMark RosaEmmettGordon Petrie
HollisterJayne SelfGarden CityJohn Evans
JeromeDavid DavisHomedaleGheen Christoffersen
ShoshoneDan PiersonMcCallRobert Giles
StanleySteve BottiMeridianRobert Simison
Twin FallsSuzanne HawkinsNampaDebbie Kling
WendellDonald DunnParmaAngie Lee




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