We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the first one of 2019! We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Mid-level Sponsors and Prize Donors for the great prizes they provided for April’s Hike it Baby 30 (HiB30) Challenge. The winning participants were entered into the prize drawings simply by signing up to achieve 30 miles in 30 days OR spend 30 minutes outside 3 times per week with their families.
Hike it Baby hosts the HiB30 Challenge twice every year. Families from all over the globe come together to challenge themselves and encourage each other, forming a supportive and inspiring community. Over the course of April’s Challenge, 724 families achieved a grand total of 10,897 miles and 754,000 minutes outside. That’s amazing!
THANK YOU TO OUR MID-LEVEL SPONSORS FOR HELPING MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!
This is what our winners had to say about April’s HiB30 Challenge:
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS APRIL?
Alex Sparrow: Tandem wearing my girls to see the cherry blossoms in D.C. while pushing my big boy in the stroller.
Molly Trujillo: Seeing my 8-month-old notice trees – hanging out of the carrier and just staring up with an expression of wonder.
Wenzel Winner: Getting outside with our friends and going for a walk and letting our kids explore. I also really like tracking how much we walk in a month and seeing how many miles we can walk.
Esther McCauley: My favorite memory from this challenge was seeing the excitement in my sons when we prepared to go on a hike.
DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Alex Sparrow: Travel, ankle injury, and the pollenapocolypse in the South.
Molly Trujillo: We moved since the last challenge. We used to live right on a path and getting a walk in before dinner was easy. Now we’re in a neighborhood and it’s a lot harder to get up the motivation so see the same houses again and again. Doing things like a color walk or a coin-flip walk kept it interesting.
Wenzel Winner: I am pregnant and due in May. We walked slower this time then probably ever before. I also let my son ride his Strider bike for some of our walks because he keeps moving, he likes it and then I don’t have to carry him.
Esther McCauley: The biggest challenge we face is convincing our 4-year-old to continue hiking when he gets hot and tired! He becomes so focused on what he thinks he can’t do that it’s hard to motivate him otherwise. My husband challenges him to race to the next rock or tree and that helps our son forget what he was complaining about!
WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER FAMILIES UNSURE ABOUT GETTING OUTSIDE FOR 30 MINUTES 3 TIMES PER WEEK OR ACHIEVING 30 MILES IN 30 DAYS?
Alex Sparrow: It’s hard but it’s good for your mental health.
Molly Trujillo: Just take it one day at a time. Afterwards, you’ll realize what a fun month it was.
Wenzel Winner: Just try it; we didn’t get all 30 miles this month, but we got outside, we tried and we had fun doing it.
Esther McCauley: Just try it! It’s amazing how spending time outdoors can change everyone’s attitude, especially when you are having a rough day!
Photo by Amy Diebold.