Chattanooga To Participate In Nation’s First City-Wide Step-Tracking League

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mayor Andy Berke on Wednesday announced a digital, citywide league, where Chattanooga residents can track their steps, together. The league is available through Rove, a mobile app released this month by local startup Spire Labs. The effort comes both as a continuation of Mayor Berke’s Get Fit Challenge and to elevate Chattanooga above the national average, in terms of fitness. 

To participate, Chattanoogans are invited to download the free Rove app (direct links available at and go to the following address, to join the “#WeRoveCHA” League:  

"Chattanooga has some of the most beautiful and diverse outdoor resources and access to so many ways to get fit,” said Mayor Berke. “We have an opportunity to set an example for others for what it looks like to be a healthy, active city, and this league will help provide accountability, support, and friendly competition to empower Chattanoogans to achieve their health goals.”

To encourage even more participation, Mayor Berke invites everyone to join him on a mid-challenge walk around lunchtime (11:30 a.m.) on Friday, Sept. 8. Mayor Berke will meet community members at the MLK Boulevard terminus at the Tennessee River (Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead) - the new section of the Riverwalk - to get in some extra steps and enjoy one of Chattanooga’s newest outdoor assets, together. 

Mayor Berke’s Get Fit challenge is an initiative that showcases the opportunities for Chattanoogans to participate in fitness activities and enjoy the outdoors around the city. Past challenges have included canoeing, hiking, kayaking, walking, a City Sweat workout, basketball, and archery. The mayor now hopes to expand this approach to the digital world to allow for even greater community involvement and interaction. 

Rove is the latest app from Chattanooga-based Spire Labs and allows users to create their own leagues and competitions with any group of people. Participants can track their steps with their smartphones or the wide variety of fitness tracking devices that sync with Apple Health and Google Fit. Rove can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

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