June 11, 2012

Amazing Race: Run, walk and get to know JHU

As part of the Healthy@Hopkins initiative, the Office of Benefits Services has launched the Amazing JHU Race, a Web-based program where university employees can log fitness miles (walk, jog or run) to earn prizes and learn more about Johns Hopkins’ work in the United States and around the globe. The race is an outgrowth of the Benefits Advisory Committee’s “Get Smart” educational campaign, which will highlight a different benefit program each month.

Starting today, employees can track their miles by logging onto benefits.jhu.edu/secure/amazing_jhu_race with a JHED ID and password. The site features a world map with nine JHU–affiliated locations, including the Peabody’s presence at Abbey Road Studios in London; the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, home to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey run in collaboration with the Krieger School’s Physics and Astronomy Department; and the SAIS-affiliated campus in Nanjing, China. The miles logged collectively will unlock the destinations, which feature short videos describing the school’s presence in the area.

Benefits Services will make weekly announcements of miles logged and randomly award prizes, such as gift cards and Orioles tickets.