Boise Mayor's walking challenge encourages active lifestyles

Posted at 9:52 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 23:52:05-04
The month of October means the start of the annual Mayor's Walking Challenge, a community initiative to get kids up and moving.
"Schools are competing against each other and all of us mayors are competing all around the valley," explained Mayor Dave Bieter.
This year 90 schools and 25 mayors throughout Idaho are participating.
"It's a little unfair because there are a couple of retired mayors out there that are out there logging miles and miles," said Mayor Bieter.
But from the looks of things, that's not stopping the kids from being very excited about getting outside and walking.
"They've got more energy than like 8 of me but it's so much fun," said Bieter.
"This is also a benefit getting them out here and burning off some of that energy so that they can focus a little bit better in the classroom," said Pierce Park Elementary School Principal Chris Ryan.
Last year 61 schools participated, resulting in more than 175,000 miles being walked. While the challenge hopes to teach kids the importance of eating healthy and having an active lifestyle, it also reminds adults steps that they need to take to set good examples.