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Posted on: June 21, 2019

Edina Competitors Log 28 Million Steps in Monthlong Challenge

The Edina community logged more than 28 million steps in the City’s first year participating in the Step To It Challenge.

The Step To It Challenge is a free four-week competition among 25 communities in Hennepin County to promote getting active. Participants track their activities, from hard-core exercise to mopping the floor or gardening, and convert them into steps.

Among the 187 participants in Edina, Jason Jemelka came in first, recording 1,743,244 steps. That placed Edina fourth when compared to the top steppers in other communities.

Mary Hischke won the age 65 and over category in Edina, recording 817,009 steps. That placed Edina in the top 10 for steppers in that age bracket by community.

Both of them received tickets to a Minnesota Twins game and will be recognized on the field at Target Field for their accomplishments. Other participants won T-shirts or Twins tickets via random drawings.

“The Step To It Challenge wrapped up on May 28 and Edina had a successful first year,” said Recreation Supervisor Nicole Gorman, who organized Edina’s inaugural participation. “Thank you to those who chose to participate in Edina’s first year offering this health initiative.”

Overall Edina placed 16th for total steps. Brooklyn Park recorded the most steps, 125.32 million. Hennepin County participants in this year’s challenge recorded more than 1.2 billion steps in May, according to county organizers. Many of the communities have competed for years.

The City of Edina plans to participate again in 2020. Look for signup information starting in April 2020 on the City’s social media or visit

For more information, contact Gorman at or 952-833-9571

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