Walking Challenge

Sawtooth Elementary first-grader and Boise State fan Titas Harshman races Mayor Shawn Barigar, a University of Idaho alum, during his walking challenge Oct. 10 in Twin Falls.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS

TWIN FALLS — Idaho mayors spent October walking, as part of the Mayor’s School Walking Challenge, a friendly competition that encouraged mayors to walk 10,000 steps each day in order to raise money for their communities and increase awareness about children’s health.

The challenge was organized and funded by High Five, in partnership with St. Luke’s and DairyWest. It invited Idaho mayors to wear a FitBit tracking device as they walked between meetings and city events, as well as after hours. Each mayor who walked at least 10,000 steps per day earned $1,000 in funding for physical activity equipment or walking programs at schools in their city.

Most mayors averaged at least 10,000 steps each day, and Mayor Gordon Petrie of Emmett walked over 1.6 million steps.

The following local mayors walked at least 10,000 steps each day in October: Nina Jonas, Ketchum, 738,305 steps; Dave Davis, Jerome, 635,511 steps; Cleo Gallegos, Heyburn, 595,688 steps; Shawn Barigar, Twin Falls, 407,547 steps; Dan Pierson, Shoshone, 363,205 steps; and Scott Marolf, Fairfield, 326,828 steps.

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More than 100 elementary schools also competed in the challenge, walking over 249,900 miles. With help from their teachers, students dedicated time each day to walking around the school grounds. The top 50 schools will be awarded funds for physical activity and lunchroom equipment.

Among the top 50 schools were: Immanuel Lutheran School, Twin Falls; Dietrich Schools; Shoshone Elementary; Carey Elementary; Valley Elementary, Hazelton; Heyburn Elementary; Acequia Elementary; Rupert Elementary; Summit Elementary, Jerome; Oregon Trail Elementary, Twin Falls; Sawtooth Elementary, Twin Falls and Pillar Falls Elementary, Twin Falls.

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