As part of The Wooster Brush Company’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle for its employees, the wellness committee created a Walk Across America Challenge, which consisted of walking from our Wooster, OH manufacturing facility to our Reno, NV warehouse. The intent was to encourage employees to participate in a more active lifestyle by increasing their daily steps…and that’s exactly what happened!
A total of 138 employees (23 teams with 6 participants each) laced up their walking shoes on March 20, 2017 to embark on their journey to Reno. The starting gun fired and the teams were off to see who could tackle the required 3,958,240 steps to reach the finish line first.
After 6 weeks, the first team, The CC’s, crossed the finish line and completed their Walk Across America. That’s an average of 659,707 steps per week! The following week, five more teams, including, The Health Scares, The Walking Rollers and The Red Hot Chili Steppers, found their way to the finish line. The remaining teams continued working hard to complete the challenge, and by week 10, everyone crossed the finish line. In that time, the teams walked a total of 101,679,978 steps or approximately 48,143 miles…almost enough to make the trip around the world TWICE!
Today, the participants celebrated with a Walk Across America Finish Line Party. A delicious lunch from a local restaurant, The Spoon, was provided and everyone received a stainless insulated water bottle as a reward for their incredible efforts and participation!