ATA delegates to take part in Healthy Trucker Challenge

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Healthy Trucker Challenge has headed south, and this weekend will pit trucking company executives attending the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition against drivers representing America’s Road Team.

Drivers and executives will be equipped with FitBits to measure their steps over the course of the conference.

“The Healthy Trucker Challenge is a tremendous way to promote healthy habits and wellness in our industry,” said outgoing ATA chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., “and I’m confident that I – and my fellow ATA executives – will more than keep up with America’s Road Team over the next few days.”

Representing trucking company executives will be: Byrd; incoming chairman Duane Long, Longistics; Pat Thomas, UPS Inc.; Kevin Burch, Jet Express and Dave Manning, Tennessee Express. They’ll be compared to America’s Road Team Captains Don Logan, FedEx Freight; Eddie Weeks, AAA Cooper; Jeff Halford, Con-way Freight; Don Biggerstaff, ABF Freight System and Nate Wick, UPS Freight.

“Staying fit and active, even while on the road, is very important,” said Weeks, AAA Cooper, who has been driving for over 33 years.  “Over the next couple days, we’re going to show just how healthy truckers can be.”

Daily updates on the progress of the two teams will be posted in the ATA MC&E Exhibit Hall, and at the end of MC&E, the winning team will be awarded 10 FitBits. Attendees can also sign up to participate for bragging rights at


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