FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Contact: Adam Park
208-384-4402 | apark@cityofboise.org

Mayor invites residents to 'Walk 150' to celebrate Boise's Sesquicentennial

Mayor David Bieter is inviting children and adults to “Walk 150,” a new program to encourage Boise residents to improve their health in honor of the city’s 150th birthday.

As part of the program, the Mayor has pledged to walk 150 miles over the course of the year. 

“I’m inviting all Boise residents to join me and make their own pledge to walk 150 miles in 2013 and help celebrate Boise’s history,” Mayor Bieter said. “Walking is a great way for children and adults to get active and explore the many treasures Boise has to offer. You can reach the 150-mile goal by walking just three miles a week.”

The official Walk 150 kick-off event will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, February 25 at Jefferson Elementary, 200 S Latah St., where Mayor Bieter will take a walk with Jefferson Students and representatives of Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health and the Boise School District. Media is invited to attend.

A new website created by the city, Walk150.org, allows individuals to sign up and track the miles they’ve walked during the year. All mileage will be automatically added to the website’s cumulative mileage ticker to track the total miles walked by the entire community. The Walk 150 website includes resources to find new areas to walk including new maps for pathways in 16 parks, links to the Boise River Greenbelt and Ridge to Rivers trails, a calendar of events, and the health benefits of walking.

Walk 150 is sponsored by the City of Boise and Let’s Move Boise with financial sponsorship from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is proud to lend its support to get more people taking steps to improve their health,” foundation manager Kendra Witt- Doyle said. “We hope Boise will rally together to support this program and walk many thousands of miles.” 

Elementary schools are invited to participate in a Walk 150 kids' competition. Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health will award prizes this spring to students at schools with the most miles walked and highest percentage of participation. Other participants who walk 150 miles by December 2013 will be eligible for a prize drawing.