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Around The World In Eight Weeks

Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Have you ever thought about how many steps you take in a day? Or even tracked it using a pedometer or Fitbit? You may not notice on a day-to-day basis, but it’s amazing how far you go with in a few short weeks.

I’m bringing this up because the Beck Trek has wrapped up and the results are in. For those of you who are not familiar with the Beck Trek, it was a competition amongst Beck's employees to see which team of six could get the most steps in an eight week time frame.

Since I am stats junkie I will start with several of the ones I found most interesting. There were 102 employees broken into 17 teams of six. Lyndsay (our health coach) said that we had 100% participation amongst those 102 employees. That alone is pretty awesome that everyone who signed up, completed the mission by recording there steps for all eight weeks.

The grand total for the trek was 69,310,336 steps which equals about 34,655 miles. Broken down into marathons (26.2 miles) that would come up to almost 1,323 full marathons. Another way to look at it would be 1.39 trips around the world along the equator. Holy cow, the employees who participated in the Beck Trek, walked the equivalent of almost one and a half times around the world!!


Individually, there were some pretty amazing stats too as each employee averaged about 679,513 steps (or about 340 miles). That is a little more than the equivalent to walking from Angola, Indiana (clear up in the northeast part of the state) down to Evansville in the southwest part of the state. The best part about the individual steps everyone took is that the average went up nearly 200,000 steps per person compared to our previous Beck Trek.


Three of the Beck Trek teams were able to donate (thanks to the Beck Family’s kindness) to a charity of their choice. Team One donated to Susan G. Komen, Holey Walkamolies donated to Connecting Hearts Ministry & 125 Club, and Sole Survivors donated to the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana.


If you know any of the employees on the three teams above, or any of the employees that participated in this year’s Beck Trek, make sure to give them a high five when you see them for getting active and working together for a good cause. Also, if you get a chance, please thank the Beck Family for their continued generosity and care about their employees.

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