Challenges

Walk to Traverse City challenge approaching final leg

Graphic of virtual walk to Traverse City
from the June 27 issue of “Blues News Direct”

by Vera Ogletree

There’s just a little more than four weeks remaining in the Walkingspree Walk to Traverse City challenge. Nearly 350 employees have already uploaded at least 504,000 steps – the step count needed to walk from the Renaissance Center to Traverse City – since the start of the challenge on May 7.

“The response has been great,” said Jamie Gipson, manager, Employee Benefits. “There’s a buzz around the company about the challenge. I’m even aware of at least one division that upped the challenge’s bounty by offering additional prizes to employees for reaching divisional walking goals.”

As part of the Walk to Traverse City challenge, participants who logged at least 168,000 steps through June 3 were entered in the four-week mark drawing to win one of five $75 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards. The five lucky winners were:

Ryan Cuz, BCN The Commons
Robert Gray, Renaissance Center
Bill Norris, Jefferson Building
Sherry Ossy, Detroit Tower
Jason Viaene, Renaissance Center

The deadline to upload steps for the second individual prize drawing at the eight-week mark is just days away. Participants who have at least 338,000 steps through July 1 will automatically be entered in a drawing to win one of two pairs of Detroit Tigers tickets.

Participants have until July 5 to upload their steps. Note: Employees must reload the Walkingspree software to their computers following the Windows 7 upgrade. The drawing will be held on July 6.

Gipson encourages challenge participants to upload their steps frequently so their team’s status is updated with the latest information on the Walkingspree site. Cindy Dion’s team currently leads the walking groups, followed in second place by Ira Strumwasser.

At the end of the 12-week challenge, all teams that collectively meet the average step count of 6,000 per day, per employee, will be entered in a final drawing to select the winning team for a luncheon and the Traveling BWell trophy.

The individuals on the winning team will be entered in the drawing to win one of five $75 gift cards or the grand prize of a weekend trip to the Traverse City Great Wolf Lodge or the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The Walk to Traverse City Challenge ends July 29.

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CSA – Scavenger Hunt Photo’s Weeks 2 – 3

CSA has created a Scavenger Hunt game to get their employees out and walking. Participants are given a bi-weekly list of 10 items to find. To prove they found the items, they must provide a photo of the item with themselves and/or their pedometer in the photo. How fun is that! Check out their second round’s Photos!

Scavenger Items for week 2-3

Bank, Baseball Field, Flower Shop, Graffiti, Hospital, Place of Worship, Polie/Fire Station, Recycle Bin, Starbucks, UPS/Fed Ex Box.

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Next BCBSM Walkingspree challenge starts May 7

Welcome to the Walk to Traverse City challenge blog. You and your teammates will compete in a team-based competition from Detroit to Traverse City. The winning team will be drawn from all of the teams that complete the walk by July 29.

Let’s go!

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kCura V. Horizon Software: One Last Hurrah!

Horizon, we are biting our nails, waiting to see who won the walking competition.   We are dying to eat some Georgia Pralines.

Over the weekend, kCurians were moving boxes and walking the new space.  Many of us walked 11 miles on Saturday.

Can you imagine walking that many miles – in one office?

Here is a handful of volunteers, who walked over the weekend.




Walkingspree Hometown Pride Challenge: During March, kCura Corporation and Horizon Software are competing head-to-head for bragging rights, hometown pride and a prize of local delicacies (courtesy of the loser.) The team with the highest average daily step count takes it all. This challenge is part of their corporate walking programs, which promotes and encourages walking for health.

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kCura v Horizon: New Spaces and Places = A lot Of Walking!


Horizon, like we said before, we are moving across the street to a new building.

In other words, there is a lot of walking going on at kCura today and all weekend!

Look at these strong kCurians lifting heavy boxes and preparing for the move…

Saturday should be a great time for us to get in our steps because our new building is two floors instead of one!

We are going to finish strong, so watch out Horizon!


Walkingspree Hometown Pride Challenge: During March, kCura Corporation and Horizon Software are competing head-to-head for bragging rights, hometown pride and a prize of local delicacies (courtesy of the loser.) The team with the highest average daily step count takes it all. This challenge is part of their corporate walking programs, which promotes and encourages walking for health.

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