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Walktober
2023

About
Walktober

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

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

But Really Everyone Wins

Walktober
Charity

$2500
Donation

Every step taken contributes to McLaren’s $2,500 donation towards a charity that is dedicated to educating the AEC community of tomorrow.

$2500
Donation
Steps Toward Charity
100%

2023 Walktober Charity

We reached our goal of 45 million steps and will donate $2,500 to:

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.

2022 Walktober Charities

We reached our goal of 43 million steps and donated $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 trail bridges.​

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.

Leading
Teams

updated weekly

Winners

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

Scavenger Hunt
Challenges

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). 

How to Enter THE SCAVENGER HUNT PHOTO RAFFLE

1
Look for the Scavenger Hunt item as you get in steps.
2
Take a selfie with or a photo of the week's topic.
3
Email your photo and a short caption 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!

*See prizes FAQ for more details. 

  • Bonus

    Congratulations raffle winners Chelsey N, Jacob C, Katie D, and Jules L!

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2023
Schedule

SUN
1
Walktober Starts
Week 1 Scavenger Hunt Kickoff
MON
2
TUE
3
WED
4
THU
5
FRI
6
SAT
7
SUN
8
MON
9
Last Day of Week 1
TUE
10
Week 2 Starts
Week 1 Steps + Scavenger Photos Due by 9am EST
WED
11
Week 2 Scavenger Hunt Announced
THU
12
FRI
13
SAT
14
SUN
15
Halfway, you are doing great!
MON
16
Last Day of Week 2
TUE
17
Week 3 Starts
Week 2 Steps + Scavenger Photos Due by 9am EST
WED
18
Week 3 Scavenger Hunt Announced
THU
19
FRI
20
SAT
21
SUN
22
MON
23
Last Day of Week 3
TUE
24
Week 4 Starts
Week 3 Steps + Scavenger Photos Due by 9am EST
WED
25
Week 4 Scavenger Hunt Announced
THU
26
FRI
27
SAT
28
SUN
29
MON
30
TUE
31
Walktober Complete
NOVEMEBER
WED
1
Week 4 Steps + Scavenger Photos Due by 9am EST
THU
2
FRI
3
Winners Announced
SAT
4

Multiple Ways to
Win Cash Prizes

  • Top Stepper
    $50

    The person with the most steps. See FAQ's for more details

  • Winning Team
    $50

    Only the top 5 steppers are counted, but everyone on the team wins $50 each, if eligible by the end of the competition.

  • Scavenger Hunt Raffle
    $25

    New chance to win each week. Plus ways to get bonus raffle points.

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 9am EST on the due date indicated in the calendar above.
  • If I don’t enter by steps by 9am EST on the due date 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 at 9AM EST on the due date indicated in the calendar above, 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

Scavenger Hunt

  • 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?
    • 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 the due date indicated in the calendar above.
  • 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).
  • Do I get a bonus point for submitting multiple photos in 1 week?
    • Only 1 submission per scavenger hunt week will be entered into that week’s raffle.
  • If multiple participants are in the scavenger hunt photo submission, who gets the raffle entry?
    • The person who submitted the photo. All participants in the photo may submit the same photo for credit.
  • How do bonus points work in the scavenger hunt?
    • 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 or McLaren logo you will get 2 entries for that photo in the month-end drawing! For example, if you submit a scavenger hunt entry for 3 of the weeks with a McLaren logo, besides being awesome kudos you will get 1 entry per week, and in the bonus raffle you will get 6 entries (entry + bonus (x3)).

Top Stepper + Winning Team

  • 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 $2,500 to an AEC charity.