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Posted May 3, 2010

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APS Employees Step Up to the Challenge

The East San Jose Geckos won this year’s APS Explore Fitness Challenge 2010. Alex Johnson-Jimenez (first row, second from right) logged more than 20,000 minutes of physical activity to pace their efforts.

APS employees logged thousands of miles on their journey to fitness this winter in the Explore Fitness Challenge 2010. Those many miles translated into an astounding 103 million steps over the two-month period.

Through walking, running or any exercise they could think of, challenge participants spent some 642,600 minutes engaged in physical activity, recording the equivalent of 38,610 miles.

Out of 43 teams, here are the top performers:


Based on total minutes of physical activity

  1. Alex Johnson-Jimenez, East San Jose Geckos, logged 20,490 minutes
  2. Barbara Slocum, Seven Bar ES, logged 20,120 minutes
  3. Darlene Argano, Sierra Vista ES, logged 15,699 minutes


Based on the average minutes of physical activity per person (rather than team total)

  1. East San Jose Geckos
  2. Sierra Vista ES
  3. Chelwood ES

Team Participation

Challenge champions at these schools did an outstanding job recruiting a large number of employees at their sites. 

  1. Seven Bar – 80 percent staff participation
  2. Griegos – 74 percent staff participation
  3. Hodgin – 63 percent staff participation

Top Steppers

  1. Eleanor Smith, Hodgin ES, logged 2,088,766 steps
  2. Travis McBride, Sierra Vista ES, logged 1,287,534 steps
  3. Todd Resch, Desert Ridge MS, logged 1,200,648 steps


Teams, and anyone else who is interested, are encouraged to participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk this Saturday, May 8, at Balloon Fiesta Park. Registration is open at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Families and pets are welcome. For more information, visit

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