We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge—the third one of 2017!  We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Challenge Sponsors and Prize Donors for the great prizes they provided for September’s HiB30. 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 four times per 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 September’s challenge, 1,027 families achieved a grand total of 20,359 miles and 1,263,771 minutes outside.  That’s amazing!

THANK YOU TO OUR CHALLENGE SPONSOR FOR HELPING TO MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!

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This is what our winners had to say about September’s HiB30 Challenge:

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS SEPTEMBER?

Hayden Chaffin: My second son, Everett, was born on Sept. 10th! I was so proud that our new family of four got out and walked the whole month!

Kristina Leezer: Seeing my son’s excitement and enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Marsha Knepp: How relaxed we all got in the fresh air.

Kristy Herak:  My favorite memory from September’s HIB 30 challenge is hiking Mary’s Rock in Shenandoah National Park. We were on vacation and we were able to hike it with my cousin who we don’t see often. The views were amazing and it was very special to share the experience with my husband, daughter and cousin!

Heather Yale: This was an amazing challenge for my family. Over the past two years, we have had many different challenge goals. This month’s goal was to simply enjoy our time and not focus on a goal. Oddly enough, we spent the highest number of minutes outside and walked the most miles. It was fantastic and wonderful. There were so many beautiful moments and I have loved seeing my children work and play together. There has been an increase in the happiness of our family as we have brought our day-to-day life into harmony with our values.

TimeSnap Winner:  Watching my girl run on the trail ahead of me.

Sara Willis: Getting to see everyone’s adventures across the country posted to the HiB30 Challenge group was so much fun and it helped motivate our family to go on more of our own adventures outside.

DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

Laura Cedrone: Colds! We unfortunately had to take a couple days to rest, but were back at it with extra energy after recovering!

Babylonia Winner:  It was definitely a challenge with a couple weeks of sickness in my family. Rather than going on hikes, we spend some time at the park outside instead. Once we were all better, we got onto the trails to make up for it.

Amanda Seier: Yes, need more time! My husband and I both work full-time so it was hard to schedule in time for the hikes. I tried to overcome those by being creative; just a mile here and there can add up!

Alex Wong: Time management was a huge challenge this time, and ultimately we didn’t really overcome it. Both of my boys were in school; my oldest in 2nd grade 5 days a week and my youngest in school 3 mornings a week meant the time I had to hike was severely limited. I needed to get back to pick them up from school at different times every day. Add to this, my 3.5 yo often wants to hike on his own, so our minutes outside are great, but miles are low. We only clocked 12 miles this challenge, probably the lowest in a couple of years. While my kids had fun, it was frustrating for me since hiking is my favorite way to work out.

Christine Buchanan: Making time to hike.

Ally Jones: My biggest challenge this summer was letting go of my own expectations of our time/miles and just following my son’s lead at his own pace.

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?

Loreili Calvin: It’s a lot easier than you think, and you won’t regret it. 🙂

Emily Boynton: Kids love being outside! Bring some beach toys and take a walk to find some dirt or sand. They will be occupied for hours, rain or shine!

Megghan Oksanen: Even with a busy schedule, it is possible and worth it.

Eileen Lombardo Young: Just make it happen!

Jennifer Martin: Start slow. It’s contagious, routine and now part of our life. We crave being outside and prefer that instead of playing indoors.

Mary McCarty: I would say that putting dinner in the crock pot really helped me collect the mental space, motivation and energy to get everyone outside. Knowing dinner was done was a huge load off my mind.

Patty Ryan: I guess my advice would be to do your best. Don’t worry about perfection; just keep getting out as much as you can.

Samantha Williams:  My number one advice would be to just go. Just go outside and follow your kid’s lead. You will be surprised how far they can go when allowed to just explore and have fun. And remember, dirt washes out. 😉


Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this September! Join us next time and be entered to win some great prizes, like the ones from our Prize Donors, Beau & BelleElla’s WoolCheski Sock CompanyBaby Banz, HydrobluSimply MerinoMyMayuStonzFifty/FiftyTimeSnapKeekarooNova NaturalsBabyloniaUSA,  BeachfrontYaktrax, Smithsonian FolkwaysOne Little Giggle, WalkaPocket, Family That Hikes, Babies at the Barre, Eight Free Treats, Simon & Schuster, and Baby Björn.  The next HiB30 Challenge begins on November 1st, so mark your calendars!

PHOTO CREDITS: Michelle Pearl

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