In addition to getting our steps we will be doing a fun scavenger hunt challenge!
Each week there will be a new photo challenge idea. These photos will be shared on the website for all to see, and those of you who submit photos will be entered into a weekly raffle for $20 (1 entry per week). At the end of the month we will do 1 final raffle where all photo submitters are re-entered into a drawing.
Challenge Week 4 – Take a picture of a gangway, pier or dock.
Winner – Olivia K
Mini-Challenge Week 5 – Take a picture of you in a Halloween costume.
Entries included with Week 4 Challenge and entered into bonus raffle.
Winner – Tomas G.
And the winners are…
2021 Walktober Charity
This year, we are stepping towards…A goal of 35 million steps…For a donation of $2,500…To benefit ACE Mentor Program of America!
About this year’s charity: Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) is a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades.
Fun Walking Facts
A person walks 65,000 miles in their lifetime – that’s equivalent to walking three times around the earth.
Walking increases blood flow to the brain and improves your mood.
Walking for 10 miles every week would eliminate 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
A 15-minute walk can curb chocolate and sugar cravings.
The average human walking speed is 3.1 miles per hour.
Walking can boost creativity by up to 60 percent.
A 15 minute lunchtime walk can make you more productive at work.
Walking just 21 minutes a day can cut your risk of heart disease by 30 percent.
Focusing on an object ahead of you can increase your speed by as much as 23 percent.
Walking uphill activates three times more muscle fibers than walking on flat terrain. It also burns up to 60 percent more calories.
Walktober starts, October 1st
Enter your steps by Thursday 9am EST for your steps to be counted for that week.
The last day to physically get your steps in is Sunday, October 31st.
For Winning Tally…Enter your steps into the spreadsheet by 9am EST on Tuesday, November 2nd.
Winners announced, the first week of November.
How do I log my steps?
Enter your steps into the google doc above, Log Your Steps. There is one sheet per team, and you can access your team by selecting the tab (tabs are located on the bottom of the page) or using the link in the Instructions tab. Then enter your daily step total under your column name. Please don’t modify anything other than your personal steps in the spreadsheet.
Do I have to hit save on the google doc?
No, everything you enter is automatically saved.
Do I have to enter my steps every day?
No, you can enter them any day or even once a week. However, if you want to be counted in the Weekly Update, you should have your steps entered by Thursday 9am EST.
If I don’t enter by steps by 9am EST on Thursdays will my steps still be counted?
Yes, they will still be counted. They will just be reflected in the next week’s Weekly Update count.
How do I see my team’s progress?
You can see live progress of your team’s steps as you enter your steps. We will do weekly data collection for progress updates that will be shared on this page. This weekly data collection will be done Thursdays at 9AM EST, so make sure your updates are in by then if you want to be counted for that week’s progress.
How long does the challenge last?
Do I need an app or a special device to join?
Yes. Most smartphones have health apps already installed on them that will track your steps, and there are also lots of free apps you can download that will do this. We will provide a miles to steps converter for biking.
I am recovering from knee surgery, would joining be a detriment to my team?
Speak with your physician. The goal of Walktober is to get moving. Every step you take (at your own pace) can be a win towards collaboration, connection and wellness.
How do I participate in the scavenger hunt?
Submit weekly challenge photos by emailing them and a brief description to [email protected]. By submitting your photos you are giving McLaren permission to use and post the photos publicly.
When do I have to submit my weekly scavenger hunt photos by?
Weeks 1, 2 + 3: For your scavenger hunt photo to be entered into the drawing, you must submit the photo to [email protected] by 9am EST on Thursday.
Weeks 4 + 5: For your scavenger hunt photo to be entered into the drawings for weeks 4 + 5, you must submit the photo to [email protected] by 9am EST on Tuesday, Nov 2nd.
What are the scavenger hunt prizes?
Those of you who submit photos will be entered into a weekly raffle for $20 (1 entry per week). At the end of the month we will do 1 final raffle where all photo submitters are re-entered into a drawing. As a BONUS, if your photo includes a McLaren project you will get 2 entries for that photo in the month-end drawing!
Is there a prize for the winning team or a larger incentive we are working toward?
Each team’s score will be based on its top 5 steppers. All members of the winning team will receive a $50 gift card.
The top stepper will also win a prize, if not already on the winning team.
There will also be a prize towards charity. We will ALL be stepping towards a goal of over 35 million total steps! If we hit this goal McLaren will donate $2,500 to an AEC charity.