Hello from Goodland

GOODLAND

Photo by Roxie Yonkey

We did it.

We walked 20,349 to circle the globe from Goodland, Kansas, to Goodland, Kansas. And we did it all with the help of Kansans who picked up pedometers at Hometown Teams host and partner sites, counted their steps, tracked the number of minutes they exercised, and shared the results with KHC. In fact, KHC had so much participation that what started with a goal to walk to the Smithsonian turned into a goal to walk around the globe. And we did it.

But there’s more to do. The response has been so overwhelming that we have enough steps to keep going. And that’s just what we are going to do. Watch for KHC to keep going and try to circle the globe, this time going up and over the North Pole and back to Kansas. Can we do it before Hometown Teams closes in Humboldt on November 15th?

 

Walk to SmithsonianHelp KHC complete the walking goals on our list and join the walking movement. Download a Walking Scorecard to track your steps. Pick up a pedometer at Hometown Teams in Humboldt, opening on October 3rd, or at one of the participating Hometown Teams Partner Sites. Let’s show the world what Kansans can accomplish!

Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation for their support of Hometown Teams in Kansas and to Museum on Main Street and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services for their ongoing encouragement as we keep on walking. And very special thanks to all the Kansans from communities including Atchison, Colby, Effingham, Ellinwood, Glasco, Goodland, Greensburg, La Cygne, Lawrence, Oakley, Perry, and Topeka. Stay tuned to KHC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to view our progress.

Hello from San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO

Hello from San Francisco! We’ve walked 19,224 around the world and back to mainland USA! We’re closing in on our goal of returning to Kansas and completing our walk around the world as part of the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. We’re happy to be in the city by the bay, and while the San Francisco Giants kept our beloved Kansas City Royals  from taking the World Series crown, we don’t hold a grudge. Hometown Teams has taught us a thing or two about being good sports!

Now, on to the final leg of the journey. Will we make it? There is still time to help!

You can track your steps with a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Perry (on display through September 27) and Humboldt (opening October 3), and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Will we complete our journey? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Aloha from Hawaii

honoluluAloha from Honolulu, Hawaii! Our walking initiative for Hometown Teams has taken us around the globe and back to the U.S., to the 50th state. As landlocked Kansans, we’re eager to try surfing, a sport with a long history in Hawaii, but before we grab our surfboards and head to the beach, here’s a recap of how we got here:

  • Kansans counted their steps and reported them to KHC
  • KHC compiled the steps and turned them into miles
  • The miles were charted on a map for a virtual walk around the world

Help us complete our trip around the world! You can track your steps with a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Perry (on display through September 27) and Humboldt (opening October 3), and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Will we make it to the mainland? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Hello from the Pacific Ocean

pACIFIC OCEAN

We’ve crossed the Atlantic Ocean, now we’re crossing the Pacific, with our sights set on American soil. We’re not walking as much as swimming across the ocean, and as we sidestroke and backstroke along, we’re thinking about the 15,500 miles walked by Kansans that helped us get to this point on our journey around the world, in honor of the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.

We’re not finished yet and you can help! You can track your minutes exercised on a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Perry (on display through September 27) and Humboldt (opening October 3), and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

 

Hello from Tokyo

tokyo

Hello from Tokyo, Japan! Kansans have walked 12,962 miles on our quest to circle the globe for Hometown Teams. We’ve reached Tokyo, home of two great spectator sports: baseball and sumo wrestling. American Horace Wilson is credited with introducing baseball to Japan in the 1870s and today it’s one of the most popular sports in the nation. Tokyo boasts two baseball teams, the Yomiuri Giants, who play in the Tokyo Dome, and the Yakuit Swallows. And then there’s sumo, the 1,500 year-old form of wrestling. Tokyo hosts three sumo tournaments each year, each lasting for 15 consecutive days.

How did we take a virtual walk to Tokyo from Kansas? Kansans tracked their steps when they took walks, went on runs, or just went about their daily routine. KHC collected the step totals and converted them into miles and began mapping our progress around the globe. The best part? You can join us! You can track your minutes exercised on a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Perry (on display through September 27) and Humboldt (opening October 3), and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Hello from Seoul

SEOUL,

 

Hello from Seoul, South Korea! While in Seoul, we’re taking a break from our usual sports activities in favor of competitive gaming or “e-sports.” Competitive gaming is the national pastime in South Korea, replacing former favorites baseball and soccer. In 2014, 40,000 fans watched the world championship for the League of Legends video game play out on a giant screen in a Seoul soccer stadium.

KHC has collected Kansans’ step totals to walk 12,243 miles from Kansas to Seoul in honor of Hometown Teams, but we are not done yet. Our goal is to walk around the globe and you can help. You can track your minutes exercised on a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in  Perry  (on display through September 27) and Humboldt (opening October 3), and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Hello from Beijing

BeijingHello from the Forbidden City in Beijing! Kansans have walked 11,650 miles to the capital city of China. Beijing recently made international headlines for its selection as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city to host both the summer and winter games. Speaking of the Olympics, did you know that China has won 23 of 27 gold medals in Olympic table tennis? It’s not surprising given the country’s association with the sport, although signs point to a decline in interest in table tennis as younger generations turn to Western sports like basketball and soccer.

Why is KHC walking around the world? Thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, KHC was able to provide pedometers to all visitors to the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition and Hometown Teams Partner Sites exhibitions and programs. Visitors track their steps and submit them to KHC. The steps are turned into miles and the miles are are taking us around the world. Not bad for what started out as a project to walk to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.!

Not visiting Hometown Teams? Don’t have a pedometer? No problem! You can track your minutes exercised on a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Atchison (on display through August 9), Perry, and Humboldt, and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Hello from Tajikistan

tajikistan

 

Hello from Tajikistan! We’ve traveled an amazing distance of 8,414 miles from Goodland, Kansas, to Central Asia. Mountainous Tajikistan is a destination for climbers, hikers, skiers, and adventure sports fans. We’re enjoying the scenery and we’re also enjoying learning about the country’s sports culture and heroes, including Mavzuna Chorieva, Tajikistan’s “Million Dollar Baby,” who became a role model for young women when she took home a bronze medal — the country’s only medal — in women’s lightweight boxing at the 2012 Olympics.

It seems unbelievable that we’ve walked 8,414 miles, but what’s even more unbelievable is that we’re not done yet! So, keep walking — every lunchtime walk, every daily pedometer count, and every community exercise session helps us reach our goal of walking around the world.

Click here to download a Walking Scorecard to track your steps or minutes exercised. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Atchison (on display through August 9), Perry, and Humboldt, and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Hello from Baku

baku

Hello from Azerbaijan! Together, Kansans have walked 7,409 miles from Goodland, Kansas, to the former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea. The 12th-century Maiden Tower is one of the sites we’ll see in the capital city of Baku. It’s an exciting time to visit. The city is still buzzing from June’s European Games when thousands of Olympic-level athletes from 50 countries traveled to Baku to compete. Azerbaijan ranked second in the medal count, just behind Russia.

We’ve come a long way, but we’re still going. By counting our steps, Kansans are well on our way to circling the globe. We still need your help. Click here to download a Walking Scorecard to track your steps or minutes exercised. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Atchison (on display through August 9), Perry, and Humboldt, and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.

Hello from Istanbul

 

ISTANBUL

Hello from Istanbul! Together, we have walked 6,311 miles from Goodland, Kansas, to the largest city in Turkey. The historic Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century and so named for its interior blue tiles, greets us as we continue our quest to walk around the globe in honor of the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Speaking of sports, the other sound that greets us in Istanbul is the sound of sports fans cheering. What sports are big in Istanbul? The increasingly popular basketball joins football (soccer) as the favorite sports to watch and play.

Want to help KHC walk around the world? You can! Add your steps to our total count and help us reach our goal. Click here to download a Walking Scorecard to track your steps or minutes exercised. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Atchison (on display through August 9), Perry, and Humboldt, and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Where will we go next week? Follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for most Postcards from the Road.