The Walktober Challenge
Each year, we set a national goal for Australian's to walk. This goal can be reached as either a member of a team or as an individual. You may choose to participate in Walktober as a Walktober Workplace Challenge Team, Walktober Community Challenge Team, on your own, with friends or family.
Walktober Community Challenge Teams
The Walktober Community Challenge encourages community groups to organise a walking event in their local area. The Challenge is to 'set the pace' and be the local council area with the most walking events during Walktober. To get your community involved:
Mark the date in your diary.
Spread the word throughout your council.
Pass this information on to colleagues in other departments.
Encourage community organisations to get involved.
Walktober provides resources for you and community groups to help promote events. Flyers, posters, media releases, logos and Tip Sheets can be downloaded from the Walktober website – www.walktober.com.au
That's all you need to do!
The Walktober website is a central point for the campaign and features the broad range of community events and initiatives held across the state, plus high profile national and state walking.
By registering your walking event with Walktober, events are automatically entered in the Walktober Community Challenge. Click here to register
Walktober Workplace Challenge Teams
The Walktober Workplace Challenge is an awareness and engagement event that aims to encourage employees to walk more as part of their commute and working day, and help workplaces encourage and promote walking amongst their workforce.
Walking is a fun, green and healthy way to commute. The Walktober Workplace Challenge is a great way to give people a taste of the benefits of being active on the way to work and how easy it is.
Promoting walking benefits workplaces:
Positively increase the physical activity levels of staff.
Improve office social interaction and teamwork.
Encourage an ongoing workplace walking or exercise program.
Provide a fun occasion for people to experiment with active travel.
During the third week of October, the Challenge is to walk at least 10 minutes as part of their commute and working day. There are lots of ways to take part—walk to work, walk from work, walk to a meeting, walk for a meeting and walk at lunchtime. If you live far from work you could park a bit further away, or get off the bus a stop or two early.
Workplaces compete against organisations around Australia to see who can get the most people walking and who can log the most trips. Workplaces are encouraged to create teams within their workplace to foster team spirit and generate a bit of good natured rivalry. The Challenge website is the competition hub, keeping count of an individual's walking trips, adding them automatically to the team and workplace totals. Check the website leader boards to see if you are a winner or in the Top Ten and how your workplace compares with others in the competition. The website will also track the impact of the Challenge week showing how walking saves fuel and car running costs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves health and more. Click here to register
Anyone can be part of the challenge. Get a team together or join as an individual.
All you need to do is walk – anytime, anywhere – for 15 minutes or more, and then record your walks online.
You choose the place and pace that suits you. Take a relaxing stroll by yourself around local neighbourhood streets, get together with colleagues at work and go for a walk at lunchtime, or once around the block to catch some fresh air, take the dog for a walk, or enjoy a bush walk with the family.