Americans roll more than 18,000 miles in National Bike Challenge

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By the League of American Bicyclists

The National Bike Challenge charged into the finish line today, uniting almost 35,000 Americans to bike more than 18 million miles this summer. In just its second year, the friendly competition increased the distance traveled for transportation, recreation and fitness in communities nationwide by 50 percent.

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation and presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the free program encouraged bicyclists of all ages and abilities to get back on their bikes, ride further, and experience the extraordinary health benefits of bicycling while helping reduce their environmental impact.

In 2013, the Challenge engaged more than 3,600 communities across the country. Recognizing the boost to employee health and to the planet, more than 8,000 companies and nonprofits participated in the 2013 Challenge, including UPS, Target Corp., Facebook, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Microsoft.

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

Mette Lykke, CEO of Endomondo, the official tracking app for the Challenge, said she was happy to see so many people participate in this year’s event.

Though the 2013 Challenge has come to a close, all are encouraged to follow the Challenge on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about big plans for next year!

Challenge Winners

State

  1. Vermont
  2. Nebraska
  3. Wisconsin

Communities

  1. Lincoln, NE
  2. Madison, WI
  3. Pittsburgh, PA

Universities

  1. Utah State University
  2. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  3. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Bike Shop / Retailer

  1. The Great Escape
  2. Eastern Mountain Sports
  3. Cycle Works

Workplaces

  1. Trek Bicycle Corp.
  2. 3M
  3. Texas Instruments
  4. Cisco Systems
  5. The Boeing Company
  6. American Electric Power

Teams

  1. Gainesville Cycling Club
  2. BikeArlington All-Stars
  3. Fish on Bikes

Individuals

  1. Eric Bradford Nordgren, Topeka, KS
  2. Marek Dittman
  3. John Cacabelos, Sumner, WA
  4. Randy R. Reed, Lincoln, NE
  5. Wayne Mark, Bixby, OK
  6. Carl Morrison, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  7. Larry Ide, Monmouth, IL
  8. Mary C. Catterton, Appleton, WI
  9. John A. MacDonald, Delavan, WI
  10. Mark Ortiz
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