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2016 Step Up for Diabetes

Maggie Kearns Francis

September 27, 2016

Once again, ms employees and their spouses took advantage of the summer weather to get outside, get stepping, and make a difference! This year our goal was higher than ever and yet again, the staff rallied to achieve it.   


The 2016 goal was to step up for diabetes by walking 97,000,000 steps over the 8 week challenge period. Over 180 members of our staff stepped up to participate in the challenge and the results reflected their dedication!  ms employees blew the goal away by walking over 100,000,000 steps! All those steps equal over 47,000 miles. That’s enough steps to walk from Washington DC to San Francisco 17 times!

Rewarded for Excellent Stepping

In recent years, ms has added a charitable incentive to its pedometer challenge. This year’s incentive was a $10,000 donation to regional diabetes associations, local to each ms office location. Each year 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes and millions still go undiagnosed. Raising awareness and funds for the American Diabetes Association kept our motivation up throughout the entire challenge. ms employees achieved their goal and even went beyond it! Our Raleigh office was awarded an extra $500 donation for maintaining the highest average daily step total throughout the competition!

Congratulations Runners and Walkers!

We would like to extend our congratulations to all Pedometer Challenge participants but an extra special congratulations to all the challenge winners below!


Top Runner Overall
Brian Hill – 1,674,478 steps


Top Walker Overall
Magdy Garas – 1,135,289 steps


First Place
Runners – David Oros, Shawn Park, Brian Hill, Ted Zangmeister
Walkers – Matthew Ray, Travis Potts, Lisa Samples, Jonathan Davis, Magdy Garas


Second Place
Runners – Evan Bollinger, Molly Quinn, Ann Boysko, John Papciak
Walkers – Amy Shoaf, Michael Quinn, Shelly Snow, Mark Chiovarelli, Doug McBride

Terrain Run – Pittsburgh, PA

Three of our Pittsburgh office employees, Sean Sawford, Jim O’Mara, and Josh Handel took their stepping to an extreme level, participating in a terrain race. A terrain race is a 10k race through mud and obstacles. The obstacles include monkey bars, cargo nets, balance beams, hurdles, and much more! Check out Sean’s t-shirt, representing ms consultants, inc. and flaunting his 250,000 step club membership!

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association’s goal is to prevent and cure diabetes while improving the lives of all people affected by the disease. They fund research, deliver services to diabetics in need, and provide information about living with and managing diabetes. Each year they host signature events – Tour de Cure and Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes – to raise funds and awareness.

The American Diabetes Association also partners with organizations such as Father of the Year, Tough Mudder, Fit Foodie, Destination Races, and many more! To get involved, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website today.


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