The Mayor’s Walking Challenge is a statewide program that gives Idaho mayors the opportunity to get active and earn funds for their community.
How does it work?
Idaho mayors who register for the challenge use an activity tracker or smartphone app to count how many steps they take in October. Mayors who average at least 5,000 steps a day earn funds for their community while setting a great example about the importance of being active.
What do mayors earn?
Mayors who walk at least 5,000 steps a day (155,000 steps in October) earn $500. Mayors who walk at least 10,000 steps a day (310,000 steps in October) earn $1,000. The funds can be used for projects or programs that promote or increase access to physical activity, or for any COVID-19 relief efforts in their community.
What’s new in 2021?
Mayors are encouraged to follow any state and local COVID-19 protocol, including social distancing if applicable.
Walking with children at schools is encouraged if schools are allowing visitors. Please take pictures and share them with the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.
No bonus steps will be awarded.
When do mayors register?
Registration opens August 9 and closes September 28. We encourage mayors to sign up early to get set up on the challenge leaderboard. More information will be available after registration opens.
Mayors with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along the way, mayors become advocates for healthy communities:
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.
Garden City’s Mayor: John Evans
Mayor Evans: Let’s get them outside and let’s do some things. So when the grandkids are over… let’s go out and throw the football around, play some catch or have a nerf war…
Nampa’s Mayor: Debbie Kling
Mayor Kling: There are two personal goals – drink more water and walk. The Mayor’s Walking Challenge inspires me to go out and do it.