Cardiovascular Challenge 2019 – Recap

Way To Step Up!

The ASE Foundation hosted its third annual step challenge at ASE 2019 which encouraged participants to visit key areas around the Oregon Convention Center that displayed step targets. Forty-five attendees competed in the Challenge, with each participant using his or her own tracking device to record steps taken between June 21st and June 24th. Everyday the participants recorded their steps at the ASE Foundation booth, where the totals were displayed so participants could keep track of the competition.

Join us in congratulating the top three steppers of this year’s Cardiovascular Challenge! The ever determined and enthusiastic Kathy Olejnik, BS, RDCS, FASE took first place with a total of 123,180 steps and received a $150 Amazon gift card! Jennifer Schaaf, BS, RDCS, FASE came in second place with a total of 101,471 steps and won a $75 Amazon gift card. Cindy Chow took third place with 89,173 steps and won a limited-edition ASEF hat. Way to get those feet moving!

In total, the forty-five participants walked a whopping 2,288,216 steps! That’s about 1,083 miles, which just so happens to be roughly the distance between Portland, OR and Denver, CO. You might say this year’s challengers walked from ASE 2019 to ASE 2020! See you at ASE 2020, where we’ll once again host this competition.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge and special thanks to our sponsors: CAE Healthcare, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., and TOMTEC Corporation for making this a great success! If you’re interested in sponsoring next year’s challenge, contact ASEF at