City of King employees who participated in the “Move It Monterey County” Spring Challenge include: (from left) Yesenia Rivas, Esmeralda Alvarez, Leah Amaya, Yolanda Cervantes and Elisa Martinez. The City also won the Worksite category, the prize of which was an electric bike that will be used for local City operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Contributed)

KING CITY — The team from City of King dominated the “Move It Monterey County” Spring Challenge, which occurred April 1 through May 5.

Presented by Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) in co-sponsorship with Blue Zones Monterey County and MY Museum, the goal of the month-long challenge was to encourage anyone who lives, works or attends school in Monterey County to get out and move their bodies for health, mind and community.

Participants competed as individuals, teams, schools and worksites to win prizes valued at more than $7,000 by earning points for any bike, walk, bus or carpool trip to work, school, shopping or just for fun.

Prize giveaways included gift cards to local businesses, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, bike/skateboard racks and an electric bike to use as a transportation vehicle for the winning worksite.

“The King City community dominated the challenge this spring, with participants winning in three of the five prize categories,” according to TAMC.

City of King’s A-Team, made up of employees Esmeralda Alvarez, Yolanda Cervantes, Adriana Granados, Elisa Martinez and Yesenia Rivas, won the Team category for the second year in a row. Cervantes also took first place in the Individuals category, while Granados placed third for the second time.

In addition, the City of King won the Worksite category.

Other Spring Challenge winners in their respective categories were: Mary Skipwith, second place, Individuals; North Monterey County High, School; and Sostenes Mendoza, Random Drawing.

In total, 62 participants of the “Move It Monterey County” Spring Challenge logged a total of 2,519 trips, for a total of 27,827 miles, burned 400,000 calories (about 32,000 minutes of running), saved $16,000 by not driving, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 9.9 tons. 

The Challenge supports the Transportation Agency’s Active Transportation Plan, Safe Routes to School Program and Go831 Smart Commute Program. TAMC, along with Blue Zones Monterey County, encourages Monterey County residents to keep moving and to join in the fall of 2023 for the next “Move It Monterey County Challenge.”

Adriana Granados, who placed third for the second time in the Individuals category, shows off the electric bike that the City won in the “Move It Monterey County” Spring Challenge. (Contributed)
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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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