Here’s our latest Challenge of the Month winners, and a progress report on our two Rockin’ National Bike Challenge Teams.

Let’s start with our June and 2nd Quarter Prize Winners:

  • Kathleen Tarkalson from Missoula wins the Montana Meals June Challenge for her MyPlate submission.  Kathleen will receive Herb scissors and an Herb garden starter pack.
  • Kristin Harbuck from Bozeman wins the Montana Moves June Challenge for her “Down and Dirty” submission.  Kristin will receive a 21oz. Hydroflask.
  • Jessica Torgerson-Lundin from Billings is our Montana Meals 2nd Quarter Prize winner.  Jessica will be receiving a Dole Yonanas Healthy Dessert Maker.
  • Leah Tietz from Helena is our Montana Moves 2nd Quarter Prize winner. Leah will be receiving a CamelPack LOBO Hydration system.

Congrats to these four fit ladies, and thanks for everyone who has participated in our Challenges! On to the National Bike Challenge:

Our two Wellness Teams are currently 1-2 in the state!  Excellent job riders!

Team Wellness WEST picked up some riders and momentum this month! With 3 months to go, they could still make a run for Montana’s Top Team!

  • 21 Riders. 5800 miles logged. 61% of miles have been logged as Transport.  Excellent Job!

Team Wellness EAST is currently setting the pace with:

  • 27 Riders. 6800 miles logged. Currently Ranked #1 in Montana and 129th nationally out of nearly 1200 teams!

Collectively, our two Wellness Teams have combined for some pretty impressive numbers:

  • Total mileage logged equals a non-stop flight from Madrid, Spain to Aukland, New Zealand.  Wow! (That would be one long flight.)
  • Our 48 riders have collectively burned nearly 700,000 calories; the equivalent 3684 BallPark Beef Franks (just in time for the 4th!)
  • Our riders have saved over 7-grand in transportation costs, and prevented nearly 6 tons of CO2 from going into the Big Sky!
12k flight
12,000 miles is a long way.

Finally, we’d like to highlight some outstanding individual efforts:

  • Amanda Milliard from Billings is leading the EAST team and is 6th in the state with 1498 miles logged!
  • Patty McIntire from St. Ignatius and our WEST team, is on her way across the country, and has logged 1634 miles, good for 5th in the State.
  • Dan Dobyns from Helena is leading the WEST team, and the State, with 1937 miles logged.  Dan is ranked 233rd Nationally, out of nearly 42,000 riders.  Dan also hasn’t missed a day of riding during the entire challenge! Amazing!

Keep up the nice work riders!  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of the National Bike Challenge, there are still 3 months left to log your miles for yourself and your team!  Just go to, register, join MUS Wellness EAST or MUS Wellness WEST, and start logging miles!

Rapelje 24 Team transition - LT
Montana Moves Quarterly Winner and MUS Wellness WEST team member Leah Tietz competing in the 24 hours of Rapelje Mountain Bike Relay race in June.
Kristin Harbuck winner
Neal with Montana Moves June Challenge winner Kristin Harbuck as she shows off her new Hydroflask. Congrats to all our participants and winners!
Gallatin float
And finally, the “Don’t Try this at Home” Award for our “Down and Dirty” photo contest goes to Ethan Stokes, who, along with four other brave souls, challenged the Gallatin River in early June, and lived to tell the tale. Wow! By the way, nice helmet Ethan.


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