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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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.

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