Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad Donates $1,000 from Mayor’s Walking Challenge to Zoo Idaho

POCATELLO – Whether walking, hiking or running, every step taken by Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad last October brought him closer to making funds for Idaho Zoo.

Last Monday, Mayor Blad Peter Pruett, Idaho Zoo Superintendent, presented a $ 1,000 donation from his graduation from the 2020 Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Mayor’s Walking Challenge. The money will help build two rest stops along the zoo’s Western States Cat Path. Equipped with a shade structure and seating, the relaxation areas provide comfortable places for guests to take a short break while they stroll through the Idaho Zoo.

“Strolling around Idaho Zoo is a fantastic and easy way to get out and be active,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “If you stop at the zoo and see every animal, you’ve run almost a mile.”

“Mayor Blad’s donation will improve an already significant feature in the Western States Cat Trail,” said Peter Pruett, Idaho Zoo superintendent. “Idaho’s summer sun gets hot and a place to relax is a great addition.”

Previously, Mayor Blad made a donation to the Hitting Hearts Foundation and the Living in the New Community transition program.

In total, Mayor Blad took 403,643 steps during the 2020 Mayor’s Walking Challenge, which was attended by more than 80 mayors across Idaho.