The kick off was July 15, and ended Aug. 25. Teams of five were formed with 40 participants. Pedometers were handed out, and team members received Hawaiian prizes, when steps were turned in each week.
The teams followed an Alaska Airlines pilot and received weather updates for walking conditions along the way.
The walk took a total of six weeks. The grand-prize winner, Ede Welsh, from Sea Mart, was the first person to reach 500,000 steps, during week four of the challenge.
"I want to celebrate with everyone," she said. She is donating her gift card to the Salvation Army.
Team One, which includes Shay Mead, Bethany Austin and Ede Welsh from Sea Mart, Amber Swedeen from Cacade Convenience Store HPR, and Jocelyn Rivera from Market Center, will receive lunch paid for by Hames.
The team turned in the most steps during the challenge.
The walkers celebrated their success with all of the Hames employees and their families. A luau took place Sept. 9th, at the Coast Guard Gazebo.
Alaska Airlines joined with the Hames Wellness Committee in bringing wellness to Sitka. The Hames Wellness Committee was formed in May of 2007.
"Our committee strives daily to keep the staff happy and well by promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. We are always looking for creative ways to motivate staff and their families," said Linda Bixby, wellness team leader.