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

Published online: Sep 07, 2021 Articles, East Idaho Business
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POCATELLO - Whether he was strolling, hiking, or running, every step by Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad last October brought him closer to earning funds for Zoo Idaho.

Last Monday, Mayor Blad presented Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent, with a $1,000 donation from his completion of the 2020 Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Mayor’s Walking Challenge. The money will fund the construction of two rest spots along the Zoo’s Western States Cat pathway. Outfitted with a shade structure and places to sit, the rest areas will provide convenient places for patrons to take a quick break while they are strolling around Zoo Idaho.

“Walking around Zoo Idaho is a fantastic and easy way to get out and be active,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “If you stop and see every animal at the Zoo, you’ll have walked nearly a mile.”

“Mayor Blad’s donation will enhance an already significant feature in the Western States Cat pathway,” said Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent. “Idaho’s summer sun gets hot and a spot to chill is a great addition.”

Previously, Mayor Blad has donated 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 in which more than 80 mayors across Idaho participated.


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