We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the third one of 2018! We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Silver Sponsors and Prize Donors for the great prizes they provided for September’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge (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, 826 families achieved a grand total of 14,055 miles and 842,000 minutes outside. That’s amazing!
THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSORS FOR HELPING MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!
This is what our winners had to say about September’s HiB30 Challenge:
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS SEPTEMBER?
Jennifer Eckert: It was the first hiking challenge my daughter (5 months old) accomplished.
Leslie Perdue: We fell short of our goal because my little one decided to start participating in hikes on her own feet!
Catharina Didelet: Going to an abbey with a beautiful garden with my son.
Lindsay DeBoard: For this challenge, we got to hike at Mt. Rainier not once, but three times! It was out-of-this-world beautiful with fall colors and my first year hiking there even though I’m a Washington native.
DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Catharina Didelet: We had to evacuate for a hurricane, which didn’t allow me to keep my no zero days goal. But even evacuated, we had outdoor time.
Lindsay DeBoard: Cedar is now 28 lbs. and with our carrier, trauma kit, 10 essentials, snacks, water, etc., I’m carrying about 45 lbs. This is becoming more and more challenging for me, but I pushed through and accomplished some of our most challenging hikes. We only count hikes as a personal preference (if we did walking miles or outdoor time and indoor walks, we would have had more miles) and sadly came in 3.5 miles short due to illness, but knowing when to listen to our bodies and give ourselves some grace is huge too.
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?
Jennifer Eckert: Implement outside time and walking in your daily routine.
Leslie Perdue: Even if it seems daunting, it will be worth it.
Elizabeth Gliot: Just try. You may or may not make it, but either way, you’ll make amazing outside memories.
Catharina Didelet: It’s so worth it! Sometimes you are tired and just want to give in to that, but the reality is, if you make the “effort” to get out, you won’t regret it. Time spent outdoors is always better than indoors. It calms you and your children, allows you to spend quality time together, and many times we all learn or experience something new – even if you still have to manage some tantrums when going out (although in my case, there’s a lot less drama when we’re out!).
Lindsay DeBoard: Make the time for your family a priority. Leave the dishes, laundry and stress behind and enjoy time together in nature. We can’t get this time back. The stress of life will always be there.
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: Hevea Planet, Baby K’Tan, Bogs, Terramar, Boodywear, Hydroflask, Western Chief, and Stay Wildish. The next HiB30 Challenge begins on November 1, so mark your calendars!
Photo by Laura Castro.