“The best way to lengthen out our days,” Charles Dickens once wrote, “is to walk steadily and with a purpose.”
Let’s Move Boise helped organize Walk 150, the Mayor’s challenge to kids and adults to walk 150 miles over the course of 2013. Participants logged almost 185,000 miles—enough for one person to crisscross the United States from coast to coast more than 60 times.
“Walking is a great way for children and adults to get active and to combat the increasing rates of obesity in our community,” said Mayor David H. Bieter.
A website was created providing an online tracking tool for participants to track their miles. The site also incorporates maps of 19 public parks and points of interest enabling citizens to find pathways throughout the city.
During the year, Mayor David H. Bieter joined citizens for walks at 16 public schools, 2 businesses, 2 Foothills trails, and at the Movies Under the Stars in Julia Davis Park. He also walked with participants in the Meet Me Mondays weekly program hosted by Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Bandanna Running & Walking.
Reaching kids was a major goal of Walk 150. School children walked or ran 20,723 during the year. In a business challenge focused on adults, workers at 22 businesses across the city walked 86,288 miles in 6 months.
At a year-end party on Monday, Dec. 9, the Mayor led a cheer for kids and adults who met the walking challenge and—in the process—improved their physical and mental health in 2013.
Walk 150 was sponsored by the City of Boise and Let’s Move Boise with the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. Additional support was provided by BOISE 150, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and The Idaho Statesman.
encouraging citizens to walk >> Learn more at www.walk150.org.
Idaho Statesman’s Living Healthy, Can You Walk 150?
Walk 150 is Boise’s health program that celebrates the city’s sesquicentennial.