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Walking initiative challenges employees to walk 5,000 cumulative miles—the distance from Lead, SD to CERN in Switzerland
Erin Lorraine Broberg

This week, employees at Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) kick off a walk to CERN.

Sanford Lab’s walking initiative challenges employees to make the metaphorical trek from Lead to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. As a facility, the ultimate goal is a combined 5,000 miles—roughly the one-way distance from Sanford Lab in Lead, South Dakota, to CERN’s location in Switzerland.

On July 7th, employees will begin counting their steps, working together to reach their milestone, but also competing as teams and individuals for the most steps. The challenge will run for nine weeks, from July until September, encouraging participants to be physically active day to day.

“The goal is for most employees to walk one to three miles per day,” said Michelle Andresen, ESH Safety Coordinator. “At that rate, our team will arrive at CERN by Labor Day weekend.”

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