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98 IDAHO MAYORS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE MAYOR’S WALKING CHALLENGE; Including Local Mayors

November 6, 2023

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98 IDAHO MAYORS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE MAYOR’S WALKING CHALLENGE

 ~ The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health program set records for participation, payout ~

 

Boise, Idaho – Idaho communities are receiving a record $85,500 for projects and programs that encourage physical activity, thanks to the efforts of 98 participants who successfully completed the Mayor’s Walking Challenge. The payout and number of winners are the most in the 10-year history of the annual statewide program offered by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

 

There were 73 mayors who walked at least 10,000 steps per day in October and earned $1,000 for their communities. Two mayors – Crouch’s Trevor Schiefelbein and McCall’s Bob Giles – took more than 1,000,000 steps during the challenge. Mayors who walked at least 5,000 steps per day earned $500 for their communities. More importantly, they promoted the importance of physical activity while doing something that benefitted their own health – walking.

 

“The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is excited that the Mayor’s Walking Challenge continues to grow, and Idaho mayors are making a positive difference in their communities just by walking,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “Walking is one of the best things a person can do for his or health, and it has been truly inspiring to see so many Idaho mayors out walking in their communities this year.”

 

This year’s challenge included mayors from 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties. Many mayors took time to visit local schools and walk with students, letting them know how important it is to be physically active every day. Some mayors picked up litter on their walks and spent time meeting with residents while they were out walking and finding out what it’s like to be a pedestrian in their own community.

 

The Mayor’s Walking Challenge started as a regional program in 2014 and expanded it to a statewide event in 2018. Since its inception, mayors have earned more than $604,000 for their communities. Those funds have contributed to a variety of projects and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle around Idaho, including playgrounds, physical education equipment for schools, walking clubs, amenities at parks, scholarships for youth programs, and more.

 

The list of mayors who earned funds for their communities is on the next two pages, broken down by region for your convenience.

 

 

 

2023 MAYOR’S WALKING CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS

 

EASTERN IDAHO

 

CITY/MAYORCITY/MAYOR
American Falls: Rebekah SorensenMalad City: Joan Hawkins
Ammon: Sean ColettiMcCammon: Karlene Hall
Arimo: Lonnie GunterMontpelier: Ted Slivinski
Bancroft: LuCus SpencerMud Lake: Sherry Locascio
Blackfoot: Marc CarrollNewdale: Kevin Van Wager
Chubbuck: Kevin EnglandPocatello: Brian Blad
Dayton: Melvin BeutlerPreston: Dan Keller
Downey: Rex NielsenRexburg: Jerry Merrill
Driggs: August ChristensenRigby: Richard Datwyler
Firth: Brandon JolleyRoberts: B.J. Berlin
Franklin: John PackerShelley: Stacy Pascoe
Grace: Jackie BarthlomeSt. Anthony: Donald Powell
Idaho Falls: Rebecca CasperSt. Charles: Alan Michaelson
Iona: Evan MannTetonia: Brent Schindler
Lewisville: Curtis ThomasVictor: Will Frohlich
 Weston: Greg Garner

 

 

MAGIC VALLEY & CENTRAL IDAHO

 

CITY/MAYORCITY/MAYOR
Albion: Isaac LovelandKetchum: Neil Bradshaw
Bellevue: Christopher JohnsonLeodore: Dale Peterson
Buhl: Pamela McClainMurtaugh: Dee Hunsaker
Fairfield: Terry LeePaul: Brent Stimpson
Hazelton: David OrrRichfield: Tom Naylor
Heyburn: Dick GalbraithStanley: Steve Botti
Hollister: Robyn GroverTwin Falls: Christopher Reid
Jerome: David DavisWendell: Rebecca Vipperman

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN IDAHO

 

CITY/MAYORCITY/MAYOR
Bovill: Diane HoltMoscow: Arthur Bettge
Clark Fork: Russell SchenckMoyie Springs: Geoff Hollenbeck
Cottonwood: Keith HolcombNezperce: Steve Bateman
Culdesac: William VorrasiOldtown: Lonnie Orr
Dalton Gardens: Dan EdwardsOnaway: Sharon Shaffer
Deary: Jason JohnsonOrofino: Sean Simmons
Dover: George EskridgeOsburn: Kip McGillivray
East Hope: Vern FleisherPeck: Nancy Greene
Ferdinand: Ralph WassmuthPlummer: Chris Dohrman
Genessee: Nyla RoachPonderay: Steve Geiger
Hayden Lake: Jim AckermanPost Falls: Ron Jacobson
Juliaetta: Richard GrosecloseSmelterville: Jessica Frank
Kamiah: Betty HeaterSpirit Lake: Jeremy Cowperthwaite
Kendrick: Rose NorrisStites: Gerald J. Cathey
Lapwai: Antonio SmithTensed: Richard Keaveny
Lewiston: Dan JohnsonWinchester: Miriam Youngren

 

 

SOUTHWEST IDAHO

 

CITY/MAYORCITY/MAYOR
Caldwell: Jarom WagonerMcCall: Robert Giles
Cascade: Judith NissulaMeridian: Robert Simison
Crouch: Trevor SchiefelbeinMountain Home: Rich Sykes
Emmett: Gordon PetrieNampa: Debbie Kling
Fairfield: Terry LeeNew Meadows: Julie Good
Fruitland: Kari PetersonParma: Angie Lee
Garden City: John EvansPayette: Craig Jensen
Glenns Ferry: William GalloskaPlacerville: Brian Davies
Homedale: Gheen ChristoffersenWeiser: Randy Hibberd
Idaho City: Kenny Everhart 
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