The National Bike Challenge charged into a finish line today, ordering roughly 35,000 Americans to bike some-more than 18 million miles this summer. In only a second year, a accessible foe increasing a stretch trafficked for transportation, distraction and aptness in communities nationwide by 50 percent.  

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation and presented by theLeague of American Bicyclists, a giveaway module speedy bicyclists of all ages and abilities to get behind on their bikes, float further, and knowledge a unusual health advantages of bicycling while assisting revoke their environmental impact.

For Cara McKaskle, a Challenge altered her life. The Conway, Ark., resident, channeled her weight detriment and aptness goals into a Challenge, shedding some-more than 60 pounds and gaining a lifelong passion along a way. 

“It was such a payoff to be a partial of a National Bike Challenge,” McKaskle said. “Everyone going a additional mile to improved their health is one outrageous step in a conflict opposite plumpness and other health problems. we can’t wait until subsequent year!”

In 2013, a Challenge intent some-more than 3,600 communities opposite a country. Recognizing a boost to worker health and to a planet, some-more than 8,000 companies and nonprofits participated in a 2013 Challenge, including UPS, Target Corp., Facebook, ATT, Verizon, Sprint and Microsoft Corp. 

“Kimberly-Clark is thrilled to see so many people from around a country, including a possess employees, participating this year,” pronounced Peggy Ward, comparison sustainability consultant during Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “We’re unapproachable of a joining to support worker health activities while assisting to safety a sourroundings — and we’re vehement about a improvements designed for a National Bike Challenge in 2014!”

The Challenge also supposing an innovative apparatus for bicycle clubs and advocacy organizations to boost roving in their communities, inspiring friendly city rivalries and collective roving goals.

“Every singular day, a Challenge has desirous people to float their bikes — even in a possess office, that is full of utterly committed riders already!” League President Andy Clarke said. “The stories of particular triumph, increasing corporate recognition of biking, accessible bar competition, and village honour generated by a Challenge this year are priceless. Thanks to everybody who participated and common their story.”

Mette Lykke, CEO of Endomondo, a central tracking app for a Challenge, pronounced she was happy to see so many people attend in this year’s event. “The fact that scarcely 35,000 participants lonesome some-more than 18 million miles to bake some-more than 400,000 calories shows that aptness can be fun and enchanting when joined with amicable interaction,” she said. 

Though a 2013 Challenge has come to a close, all are speedy to follow a Challenge on Facebook and Twitter to be a initial to hear about big plans for subsequent year!

Read a full press recover here, and see a list of all of a initial place winners in a 2013 National Bike Challenge here.