The Jump Rope Challenge first kicked off at the 2016 Mayfest, an annual street festival held every Memorial Day in Bennington, VT. During that event, festival attendees were challenged to jump rope for 1 minute. Two hundred individuals jumped: young and old of all abilities, parents with their kids, expert jump ropers and those who had never jumped rope before. And people stopped to watch, smile, applaud, and cheer.
An additional 500 took the challenge at various events throughout the year.
SVHC set a goal to reach 100,000 jumps between the summers of 2017 and 2018, its 100th anniversary year. Two hundred and fifty people jumped at the 2017 Mayfest.
The Jump Rope Challenge has reached more than 20,000 jumps toward its 100,000-jump goal.