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Moguls won the award for the highest percentage of possible points with 100 per cent.

In the Small Business category (1 to 9 employees), 12 businesses had 100 per cent participation; Whistler Housing Authority, Hostelling International, Cows, Rogers Chocolates, Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Love Nest, Whistler Cooks Catering Co., Whistler Eye Clinic, Brent Harley and Associates, Cascade Environmental, Whistler Chiropractic and the Body Shop.

The Whistler Housing Authority, Hostelling International, Whistler Eye Clinic, Brent Harley and Associates, Cascade Environmental, and Whistler Chiropractic also had 100 per cent participation last year.

The Whistler Housing Authority won the points game, earning 99 per cent of all possible points.

Prior to this year’s Commuter Challenge, Roasemary Cook of the Crystal Lodge issued a challenge to the GM’s of Whistler hotels to participate. Bruce Van Mook of Blackcomb Lodge, Ken Cretney from the Delta Whistler Resort, Diana Lyons from the Delta Whistler Village Suites, Anita McGee from the Holiday Inn Sunspree and Gordon McKeever of Rainbow Retreats stepped up to the challenge, earning a minimum of 40 points over two weeks.

The Hotel Sector Challenge went to Rainbow Retreats with 100 per cent staff participation and 90.31 per cent of all possible points. They won a staff party in a Whistler park.

Other participating hotels included the Blackcomb Lodge, Holiday Inn Sunspree, Legends, Delta Whistler Village Suites, Crystal Lodge, Delta Whistler Resort, Best Western Listel Hotel, Whiski Jack Resorts, ResortQuest Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Westin Resort and Spa, Club Intrawest, Whistler Resort Management Ltd., and Coast Whistler Hotel.

"The hotels were a new focus for us this year," said DalSanto. "We looked at the data from last year to see where the holes were, and the hotel sector was the biggest by far. We contacted them early to give them enough time to get involved, and they really took to it. Both awards for large businesses went to Delta hotels."

More businesses are starting to challenge each other and hold side bets, which DalSanto says is a good sign that people are getting into the spirit of the Commuter Challenge.

Businesses that have participated in both years generally saw improvement this year in terms of the number of participants and the percentage of points earned. In addition, businesses that made infrastructure changes, such as placing bike racks in secure locations, also saw improved participation.

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