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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 2-5 person teams between March 14th & 31st.


We will be using and online tracking feature called Challenge Runner that will automatically upload data from your Fitbit and other tracking devices to the website! (Register and Enroll on the right side of the webpage)

If you do not have a tracking device, you can enter your data manually.

Walking Information

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 students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

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, register on our qualtrics site, and then enroll on our Challenge Runner website. Sync your smart device (download Challenger Runner App), and start walking. If you cannot get 10,000 steps in a day, you can try again the next day. All participants will need to walk 10,000 steps AT LEAST 25 out of 30 days to be entered into a prize drawing at the conclusion of the challenge.

If you do not have a smart device (smart phone, or activity tracker) 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.

How To Earn Prizes:

  • All participants will need to walk 10,000 steps AT LEAST 25 out of 30 days to be entered into a prize drawing at the conclusion of the challenge.
  • Participants must keep track of daily steps taken. You can submit by automatically syncing with Challenge Runner, or manually adding them.

Individual Prizes include:

1st Place: Fitbit Alta

2nd Place: Wellness Goodie Bag

3rd Place: Wellness gift

New this year! A team prize will be awarded to the team with the highest average of steps (per team). The prizes are being put together and will be announced soon.

How To Get The Most Out Of The Challenge

  • Participants must be currently employed or enrolled Earlham College, students, staff, faculty, or alumni.
  • Participants must register for the program by filling out the online registration form between March 14th & 31st..
  • The 30-Day Step into Spring Challenge begins April 1st.
  • 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 device (download Challenger Runner App).
  • Participants are encouraged to walk at least 5-minute intervals.
  • Questions and requests for rule exceptions must be presented to the program coordinator, Jason Fleenor at

Team Guidelines

Form your teams! 

  • You do not need to form a team, but you will have more chances to earn prizes if you do.
  • Teams are limited to 2-5 people per team. No more than 5 people per team.
  • Be creative and name your team! It's also a good idea to have a team captain that can keep everyone in check for their daily steps.
  • Each team member must be registered and enrolled on the Challenge Runner Website.

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 Intro Spring

Follow the challenge results on our social media pages:


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

STEP 1: Complete the participant registration between March 14th & 31st.

Register Here!

Step 2: Visit the Step into Spring Challenge Runner Site to enroll and sync your step tracking device.

Enroll in Challenge Runner Here!

 Challenge Runner Instructions

Step 3: Get walking!

Follow the challenge results on our EarlhamAWC Facebook Page.

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