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May 20, 2021

DES MOINES, IA – Officials from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Grand Blue Mile announced their Iowa 2021 Wellmark Set the Pace Challenge $10,000 award winner: Stanton, Iowa. The challenge encourages Iowans to develop sustainable, healthy habits, highlighted by participation in the annual Grand Blue Mile.

"We are so thankful and excited to be the recipients of the Wellmark Set the Pace Challenge $10,000 award," said Jenny Gettler, Stanton Trail Committee Chair. "We look forward to putting this award toward continuing our trail expansion project and creating a safe and fun way to promote healthy lifestyles in the Stanton community."

Stanton had the highest percentage of its residents participating in the 2021 virtual Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark — measured by the number of registrants for a given ZIP code against the community's total population.

"We had a record number of communities — more than 140 Iowa ZIP codes — represented this year as part of the Wellmark Set the Pace Challenge," said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark's senior brand marketing manager and Grand Blue Mile co-race director. "Since this year's event was fully virtual, we saw interest in the challenge spread far beyond greater Des Moines, to communities of all sizes. We're heartened by the way Stanton and so many others rallied their residents to make a positive, long-lasting impact on the health of future generations."

The 13th annual Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark is scheduled for April 26, 2022. For more information, visit GrandBlueMile.com External Link.