Drivers walk to win in Healthy Trucker Challenge

Truck drivers don’t just sit behind the wheel of their trucks. They do some major league walking as well.

After two days, and more than 1.4 million steps, a team of America’s Road Team Captains won the American Trucking Associations Healthy Trucker Challenge at the recent ATA Management Conference & Exhibition (MCE) in Philadelphia.

Road Team Captains walk to victory

“This challenge was a fun way to bring attention to truck driver health by taking an everyday activity that we take for granted, walking, and making it into a competition,” said America’s Road Team Captain Herschel Evans, a driver with Holland, who took a competition-best 75,320 steps.

The America’s Road Team Captains successfully defended their title as Healthy Trucker Challenge Champions that they previously won at the 2014 MCE. All told, ATA’s leadership, the America’s Road Team and attendees walked, jogged or ran 1,472,486 steps – about 736 miles — and burned an estimated 67,734 calories. The captains each took an average of 15,943 steps per day to win the challenge.

The challenge consisted of former ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, Bulldog Hiway Express; Kevin Burch, Jet Express: Dave Manning, TCW; Barry Pottle, Pottle’s Transportation; and Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Garner Transportation. The ATA leadership team was up against the steps of 20 America’s Road Team Captains and the challenge consisted of averaging each team members’ steps per day.

Additionally, Garth Pitzel from Bison Transport led the way for the attendees for a second straight year and won a complimentary registration for the 2016 MCE in Las Vegas.