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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is smiling through the sweat as 200 people joined him for the kickoff to his Walking Challenge for the month of October.

"Twenty-five miles in 31 days. Not a huge amount to do, but just enough to get you out, get you moving, and used to doing a little something everyday," said Mayor Battle. The challenge is part of the Healthy Huntsville Initiative.

Every Wednesday this October, the city will host a lunchtime walk in a different location. Battle led the inaugural walk around the AdTran campus in Research Park.

"All the way around the lake was .8 miles," said Battle. "We went around twice so we did 1.6 miles and everyone seems to have had a great time."

The initiative is an effort to make the entire city that much healthier, and you can join as an individual or as part of a team.

"We gather a few friends and wore orange in support of the MS Society for our Healthy Huntsville Challenge," said Debra Bower, the area coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In addition to companies, organizations like the MS Society use the walk as healthy way to give, and receive, support.

"We wanted to bring awareness to the MS Society, and not just to walk with our MS walks, but to get out and stay healthy," said Bower.

You can sign up for the challenge and track your progress online at

Once on the site: click Register Now and fill out the form. Select Team Member, then Alabama Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthy Huntsville, the Mayor's Challenge, then choose your team or Individual Walker and you're in.