Walktober
2022

About
Walktober

McLaren’s step challenge for the month of October is open to all staff and members of our AEC community.

There will be prizes for the top winning teams! The total number of steps of the top 5 steppers in each team will be counted toward the team’s total.

Steps Toward Charity
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Also every step taken contributes to McLaren’s $3,000 donation towards a charity that is dedicated to educating the AEC community of tomorrow.

Walktober
Charity

We reached our goal! McLaren Engineering Group is donating $1,000 to each of these AEC charities.

Bridges to Prosperity

Is a non-profit organization that connects isolated communities to education, health care, and economic opportunity. They do this by working alongside community members, industry partners, and governments to build trailbridges.​

Engineers Without Borders

Partners with communities around the world to meet their basic human needs. They are building footbridges to provide pathways to opportunities. They are installing solar panels to bring light where it is dark. They are digging for water so hope can spring from the ground. Each project builds the foundation for a community to thrive for years to come.

ACE Mentor Program of America

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.

2021 Walktober Charity

We reached our goal of 35 million steps and donated $2,500 to ACE Mentor Program of America! 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.

Leading
Teams

updated weekly

Final Results

Log
Steps

Walktober 2022 is now complete.
To 2023!

Step Conversion Calculation

Use a fitness tracker to track your daily steps. 

Tip: Your smartphone usually has a built-in fitness tracker or downloadable app. 

To help track bicycling, here is a helpful conversion formula:

  • Easy (~10 mph) = 133 Steps per Minute
  • Moderate (~13 mph) = 178 Steps per Minute
  • Vigorous (~15 mph) = 222 Steps per Minute

Scavenger Hunt
Challenge

In addition to getting our steps we will be doing a fun scavenger hunt challenge!

We will kick off each week with a different scavenger hunt photo challenge. 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 $25 (1 entry per week). All photo submitters are also automatically entered into our Final Raffle at the end of the month. 

Email Photo entry to Walktober@mgmclaren.com.

**BONUS, if your photo includes a McLaren project or McLaren wear you will get two entries for that photo in the month-end drawing!

Submissions

2022
Schedule

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 Monday, October 31st.

For Winning Tally…Enter your steps into the spreadsheet by 9am EST on Thursday, November 3rd.

Winners announced, the first week of November.

FAQ

The Challenge

  • How do I log my steps?
    • Once the competition starts…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?
    • October 1-31
  • 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.

Prizes

  • How do I participate in the scavenger hunt?
    • Submit weekly challenge photos by emailing them and a brief description to Walktober@mgmcLaren.com. 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 + 4: For your scavenger hunt photo (jpg image files preferred, but all photo extensions welcome) to be entered into the drawing, you must submit the photo to Walktober@mgmclaren.com by 9am EST on Thursday.
    • Week 5: For your scavenger hunt photo to be entered into the drawings for week 5, you must submit the photo to Walktober@mgmclaren.com by 9am EST on Thursday, Nov 3rd.
  • Do scavenger hunt photos need to be taken that week, or can I submit old photos taken prior to that week?
    • Only photos that are taken between the dates of that week’s challenge are eligible for submission. For example, if you take a photo and submit it during week 1, you can NOT re-submit that same photo during a later week. 
  • What are the scavenger hunt prizes?
    • Those of you who submit photos will be entered into a weekly raffle for $25 (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 (max of 12 people) will receive a $50 gift card.
  • Will the top stepper also win a prize?
    • Yes, the top stepper of Walktober will get a $50 gift card, whether or not they are on the winning team.
  • What happens if I stop entering steps, but my team wins the competition?
    • Steps can be entered at any time up until the overall deadline for the competition. If steps are not recorded for more than half of the days, you may not be eligible for the overall prize.
  • Will there also be a prize towards charity?
    • Yes, we will ALL be stepping towards a TBD goal! If we hit this goal, McLaren will donate $3,000 to an AEC charity.