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Step Into Spring Challenge


Program Description

Challenge yourself to walk 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. You will keep track of your steps, converting them from other activities as necessary. Register anytime as an individual or 2-3-or 4 person team between March 27th and April 8th.

Walking is an accessible form of exercise that is easy to do and does not require a gym. Making time for brief walking breaks throughout your day can provide numerous health benefits to include:

  • Increased energy - going for a walk when you’re tired increases oxygenated blood flow and cortisol levels, the hormones responsible for boosting energy. 
  • Increased energy expenditure - the body burns approximately 100 calories of energy to walk 1 mile. So, increasing your level of physical activity can increase energy expenditure and potentially help you reduce body weight. 
  • Improved strength and function of the heart - your heart is a muscle and low-to-moderate intensity walking is a great way to strengthen your heart, helping it become more efficient at moving blood throughout your body! 
  • Increased focus - along with a boost in energy, walking is a great way to regain focus and stimulate your mind and body.

How To Participate

The Step into Spring Challenge is open to Earlham College faculty, staff, and students.

You may walk or complete an activity anywhere, anytime, Monday-Sunday. Those who complete the 30-day challenge will have walked a minimum of 300,000 steps (or roughly 120-150 miles). If you need help calculating your steps you can download this activity chart to help. Challenge yourself to take a 30-minute walk with a colleague or friend at lunch time or a 5-minute walk each hour—it all counts—whatever works for you!

To participate in the Step into Spring Challenge, log your daily steps on a weekly form to be submitted through e-mail to Jason Fleenor If you cannot get 10,000 steps in a day, you may make up these steps on other days. All participants logging a minimum of 70,000 steps weekly (10,000 steps a day) will be entered into a prize drawing.

To track your weekly steps, the Earlham College Wellness Programs will be providing free pedometers for use with this challenge. They are available for pickup at the Athletics and Wellness Center front desk. If you have an activity tracker that tracks daily steps, you may use that as well. If you would like to use your cell phone you can download Accupedo to use as a pedometer.

How To Earn Prizes:

  • All participants logging a minimum of 300,000 steps (10K steps per day for 30 days) will be entered into a prize giveaway.
  • Participants must keep track of daily steps taken, then submit the weekly log form on Mondays at 9 AM.
  • Failure to fill out the weekly walking log by each Wednesday at 9 AM will result in a forfeit from the challenge.

Prizes include:

1st Place: TBA

2nd Place: TBA

3rd Place: TBA

How To Get The Most Out Of The Challenge

  • Participants must be currently employed or enrolled Earlham College, staff, faculty, or students.
  • Participants must register for the program by filling out the online registration form between March 27th and April 8th.
  • The 30-Day Step into Spring Challenge begins the 31st of March
  • Participants may walk anywhere, any day, any time, and are encouraged to incorporate at least 30 minutes of activity into their daily work schedule.
  • Track your steps using a free pedometer (pick up the the Athletics and Wellness center front desk)
  • track your steps using an activity tracker or a smart phone app called Accupedo.
  • Participants do not have to 10,000 consecutive steps and may accumulate their 70,000 weekly steps throughout the whole week. Participants are encouraged to walk at least 5-minute intervals.
  • Participants must keep track of daily steps taken and log this in the weekly log form downloaded from the registration website.  Failure to fill out the weekly walking log by Wednesday at 9 AM will result in a forfeit from the challenge. 
  • Questions and requests for rule exceptions must be presented to the program coordinator, Jason Fleenor at

Health And Safety

  • Participation in Earlham College AWC activities, including the use of facilities and equipment, is completely voluntary. There are risks and hazards, minor and serious, associated with participation in fitness activities. Participants voluntarily assume all responsibility and risk of loss, damage, illness, and/or injury to person or property associated with the participation in the Step into Spring Challenge.
  • Participants are advised to check with a medical professional before starting any exercise program.
  • Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and drink water before, during, and after exercise.

Step Into Spring Flyer 10k Steps

Follow the challenge results on our EarlhamAWC Facebook Page.


The Step Into Spring Walking Challenge is open to all Earlham College students, staff, and faculty.

STEP 1: Complete the participant registration between March 27th and April 8th.

Register Here!

Step 2: Download and save Weekly Tracking Log & Activity Conversion Chart

Step Into Spring Weekly Tracking Log 

Activity Conversion Chart 

Step 3: You can keep track of your steps by picking up a FREE pedometer from the Athletics and Wellness center front desk. Also you can use an activity tracker, or smart phone app such as Accupedo.

Follow the challenge results on our EarlhamAWC Facebook Page.

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