UWM Walk Challenge - Fall 2013
You must be a current UWM employee to participate in the Challenge. (Sorry, no students.)
Registration begins Monday, September 23, 2013
At the time of registration, be prepared to designate whether you are participating as a member of a Team (up to 3 people) or an Individual. (NO changes after the Challenge event begins, please.)
Note: If you’re registering as a Team member, be sure all Team members enter the exact same Team Name.
Complete and submit the registration form from the link in the initial registration email, or Walk Challenge Registration web page
You will receive a reminder email each week with a link to log each week’s steps throughout the Challenge.
Registration ends Friday, October 4, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Challenge Event Period
Begins on Sunday, October 13, 2013.
Ends on Friday, November 22, 2013.
Throughout the Challenge, you will need to enter your weekly steps into the logging tool from the link sent to you by email each week.
The deadline for final entries is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013.
NOTE: You may only enter and “submit” you steps for 1 full week at a time, with each link sent to you by weekly email. Only steps entered into the logging tool will be counted in determination of final step totals.
Awards & Recognition
All registered participants are eligible to receive a free pedometer for their participation in the Challenge. Pedometers will be available for pick-up from the Human Resources Department, Engelmann Hall, Room 125, between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 10, 2013 and Friday, October 11, 2013.
All participants who have entered steps in the logging tool will be eligible for award determinations.
The Walk Wisconsin Challenge Fall 2013 is administered by the Walk Challenge Team in Human Resources.
On behalf of all participants, a Walk Watcher has been designated to monitor administration and general participation throughout the Challenge. The Walk Watcher:
Information & Resources
Information links and other statistics have been obtained from reputable information sites.
Q. What's the Point of the Challenge?
A. To promote the health and wellness of UWM staff, develop a sense of community and spirit on Campus, and provide an opportunity for employees to take healthy steps and receive recognition in the form of a fun, friendly challenge.
Q. Should sports or running activities be logged as “steps” in the Challenge?
A. Remember, this is a walking event. The intention of the Challenge is to provide a greater opportunity for more people at various levels of physical activity to participate and be recognized. You’re free to walk where ever you’d like: across campus, through the hallways, onto a stair-climber, into an exercise class, or around the ballroom. Most certainly, our hats off to our seasoned runners and athletes—all we ask is that you temporarily remove your pedometer while you hit the soccer field or break into that couple-mile run, please.
Q. How often do I have to track my activity?
A. You are encouraged to track your activity on a daily basis to ensure accuracy (manually or electronically on the tracking spreadsheet provided).
But you must enter your steps for each separate week into each logging tool link that is emailed to you no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2013.
Q. How will you verify if participants are accurately tracking their time?
A. We trust that participants will self-report accurately. But the Walk Watcher will monitor for reasonable entry throughout the Challenge in fairness of all participants. There are roughly 2,000 steps in one mile; more is great, of course, but we expect approximately 2.5-3 miles a day for the average participant who’s walking with a purpose.
Q. Can I log steps from the prior week that I forgot to log or didn’t log in the tracker on time in the current week?
A. No. This would not be appropriate. The objective is to accurately log your steps on time for each week throughout the Challenge, not only in friendly competition, but to be able to watch your true progress. You can only log 1 full week at a time into the logging tool through each link that will be emailed to you each week. However, you may separately use the tracking sheet provided to you to otherwise maintain your personal progress to include any mis-entered or forgotten steps.
Q. Do 3-person Teams have an advantage over 2-person Teams? How can an Individual compete with a Team?
A. Yes, there are only 2 categories for participants: Team or Individual. Unless you’re just teaming up for the camaraderie and aren’t concerned about a winning step total, you may want to consider maximizing your team size to 3 members instead. Individual participant winners are being determined separately from Team step total winners.
And remember, the Challenge just offers an initial goal. Beyond the Challenge, you’re encouraged to use to continue to build your personal walking goals.
Q. What if I complete the "Walk to Title Town" before the Challenge ends? Do I have to quit?
A. If you finish “A Walk to Title Town” before November 22, 2013, you are encouraged to continue walking. Remember, the winning participants will be determined by their furthest overall distance. The primary idea behind the Challenge is to promote regular, consistent physical activity.
Q. What if I don’t complete “A Walk to Title Town” by Friday, November 22, 2013? Does it mean I “lose” the Challenge?
A. There are no “losers”! Keep walking -- with every step towards a healthier life style, you win!
And if you’ve participated in the event at all, you were eligible to receive a free pedometer. If you enter any steps into the logging tool, you’ll be included for determination of awards in the Challenge. And you never know—there may be a surprise random drawing based solely on participation!
It’s all about the journey—we’re just supplying the goal and a fun way to get there.