by Chris Putnam
Kaiserslautern High School teacher and event participant
If you were to drive east from Kaiserslautern for 4,909 miles, you would have traveled as far as a group of teachers and staff from Kaiserslautern High School.
But these teachers and staff weren’t driving — they were walking, running, biking or skiing!
And if you were wondering, driving 4,909 miles east of Kaiserslautern would land you smack in the middle of Mongolia.
In December and January, these 30 teachers and staff members formed into six different groups and started tracking how far they moved each week. The Ramstein Health and Wellness Center provided the groups pedometers to help them keep track of their movements.
For the challenge, each participant contributed a small entrance fee and each group chose a charity to sponsor. The entrance fees were then donated to the charity of the winning group.
After several weeks of competition, Team We Rock amassed more than 1,500 miles (that is almost the distance from Kaiserslautern to the far side of Ukraine!) and $510 was donated to their sponsored charity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
Although Team We Rock accumulated the most mileage during the event, many other participants also accumulated more than 100 miles per week.