America’s Road Team Captains win ATA Healthy Trucker Challenge

Oct. 13, 2014

After four days, and more than 1.1 million steps, a team of America’s Road Team Captains won the American Trucking Associations Healthy Trucker Challenge at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.

“This was a great way to promote healthy habits and get the competitive juices flowing while here at MC&E,” said Road Team Captain Eddie Weeks, a professional driver with AAA Cooper, who took a challenge-topping 102,472 steps.

All told, ATA’s leadership, the Road Team, and attendees walked, jogged or ran 1,136,738 steps--equating to 569 miles and burning an estimated 52,290 calories. And the Road Team team took an average of 16,991 steps per day to win the challenge.

“We gave it our best shot,” said outgoing ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, “but those America’s Road Team Captains are tough to keep up with--in safety and in steps.”

The ATA leadership challengers included Byrd; incoming ATA Chairman Duane Long, Longistics; Pat Thomas, UPS Inc; Kevin Burch, Jet Express and Dave Manning, Tennessee Express. One America’s Road Team were Captains Weeks; Don Logan, FedEx Freight; Jeff Halford, Con-way Freight; Don Biggerstaff, ABF Freight System, and Nate Wick, UPS Freight.

Additionally, Garth Pitzel from Bison Transport led the way for the attendees and won a complimentary registration for the 2015 ATA MC&E in Philadelphia PA.

The Challenge was so successful at the meeting, that Healthy Trucker boosted its commitment and provided each of the 20 Road Team Captains at MC&E a FitBit in order to allow them to take the challenge back to their companies.