Back row L-R: Cindy Fleming, Susan LaGuardia, Pat Stover, Lesley Christian, Rochelle Trent, Lisa Range, Rack Cross, Steve Smith. Front: Robert Monk, Edna Potts, Connie Cruzan
Winners of the Let's Move, Kingsport! eight-week walking challenge were announced last week.
Several hundred walkers throughout the city of Kingsport participated. The winning walkers were recognized for completing the challenge to walk at least 30 minutes a day at least five days of the week, and were awarded a $100 gift card to be used at a local specialty sports store.
Burleigh Pearson won the Top Walker award, logging 278.3 miles.
Among those recognized were Robert Monk, 2nd place with 242 miles; Steve Smith, 141.23 miles; Lesley Christian, 122.1 miles; Ken Potts, 120 miles; Stacey Jerrell, 119.18 miles and Cindy Fleming, 115.46 miles.
The following individuals who finished the challenge and reported their data were entered into a drawing and received $100 gift cards: Pat Stover, Shirley Mowdy, Sherrill Wolfe, Kristen Hodgson, Rochelle Trent, Annie Kincheloe, Connie Cruzan, Rack Cross and Lisa Range.
Susan H. LaGuardia, executive director of Kingsport Tomorrow, also congratulated Kingsport Parks and Recreation for its summer program for children. An average of 183 children at five different locations walked one mile a day for a total of 5,111 miles. For this effort, the program was awarded more than $1,000 to purchase high quality pedometers.
The Let's Move, Kingsport! challenge was funded through a $7,500 grant from the 1st and 10 Foundation awarded to Kingsport Tomorrow, Inc. Chad and Robin Pennington founded the foundation in 2003 with a game plan to build stronger communities by funding programs and institutions which seek to improve the quality of life throughout southern West Virginia and East Tennessee.
Kingsport Tomorrow is a citizen-led nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the community through citizen participation in determining their future.
A healthy community is the goal of several of the initiatives which they lead or in which they participate as a partner including: Nicotine Free ME; Regional Education and Advocacy Coalition for Health (REACH!); and Healthy Kingsport.