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2017 Registration

Registration for the 30-Day Winter Walking Challenge is now closed.

Sign and return the informed consent form in person to the ERC Member Services Desk or via campus mail to the address below. Informed Consent Form


Bre Rowh, Program Coordinator

Attn: Bre Rowh
University Recreation & Wellness
1115 Eppley Recreation Center
College Park, MD 20742

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Program Description

The 30-day Winter Walking Challenge is a commitment to incorporating 30-minutes of walking (physical activity) into 30 consecutive work days. The challenge is designed to encourage you to incorporate walking activity into your daily routine.

Walking is an accessible form of exercise that is easy to do and does not require a gym. Making time for brief walking breaks throughout your day can provide numerous health benefits to include:

  • Increased energy—going for a walk when you’re tired increases oxygenated blood flow and cortisol levels, the hormones responsible for boosting energy.
  • Increased energy expenditure—the body burns approximately 100 calories of energy to walk 1 mile. So increasing your level of physical activity can increase energy expenditure and potentially help you reduce body weight.
  • Improves strength and function of the heart—your heart is a muscle and low-to-moderate intensity walking is a great way to strengthen your heart, helping it become more efficient at moving blood throughout your body!
  • Increase your focus—along with a boost in energy, walking is a great way to regain focus and stimulate your mind and body.

How to Participate

The 30-Day Winter Walking Challenge is open to all UMD faculty, staff, and graduate students. Faculty/staff do not have to work on the College Park campus to participate.

You may walk anywhere, anytime, Monday–Friday. Those who complete the challenge will have walked a minimum of 900 minutes or 60 miles by the end of the challenge.  Challenge yourself to take a 30-minute walk with a colleague at lunch time or a 5-minute walk each day—it all counts—whatever works for you!

To participate in the Winter Walking Challenge log your daily time spent walking on a weekly form submitted online (via Wufoo). All participants successfully logging a minimum of 600 minutes (20-minutes/ day) will receive a participation prize. All participants logging a minimum of 900 minutes (30 minutes/ day) will be entered into a grand prize drawing.

To register, follow the steps in the 2017 Registration box on the right.


Refer someone to participate/complete the challenge and receive an additional prize entry into the grand prize drawing.

  • 600 minutes minimum—prize key chain (participation prize).
  • 900 minutes minimum—grand prize drawing. There will be 4 winners drawn for the following prize packages:

    1. Bluetooth Headphones with Fleece Ear Warmers
    2. Thermos Water Bottle that Tracks for Hydration + 1 Personal Training Session
    3. Gaiam Balance Ball Chair
    4. Corkcicle Canteen + RecWell Fitness Assessment

Where to Walk

Check out these locations:

  • McKeldin Mall
  • The Clarice Walk
  • Reckord Armory Gym
  • Chapel Labyrinth

Or try out these resources:

Self-Guided Tours - Campus Walking Maps

Map My Walk

How to Get the Most Out of the Challenge

  • Encourage a campus colleague or co-worker to participate. Walking with a buddy increases accountability toward personal fitness goals. All participants referring someone to participate in/ complete the challenge will receive an additional entry into the grand prize drawings.
  • Try to incorporate walking activity into your daily routine.  
  • Join the Facebook community group and follow along for daily walking, wellness, and fitness tips.

Official Rules

  • Participants must be currently employed UMD faculty, staff, or graduate students.
  • Participants must register for the program by filling out the online registration form between December 19 and January 9.
  • The 30-Day Winter Walking Challenge begins from January 9 to February 17.
  • Participants must read, sign, and submit the Winter Walking Challenge Informed Consent Statement to be fully registered. The Informed Consent can be downloaded from the 2017 Registration box on the right, then sent via fax (301-226-4455), e-mail (, or campus mail (1115 Eppley Recreation Center) to the program coordinator, Bre Rowh.  
  • Participants may walk anywhere, any day, any time, and are encouraged to incorporate at least 30 minutes of activity into their daily work schedule.
  • Participants do not have to walk 30 consecutive minutes and may accumulate 30 total minutes. Participants are encouraged to walk at least 5-minute intervals.
  • Participants must keep track of daily time spent walking and log this in the weekly log form sent to participants via email on Mondays at 9 AM.  Failure to fill out the weekly walking log by Wednesday at 9 AM will result in a forfeit from the challenge.
  • Participants must walk a minimum of 20 minutes per day to have their time spent walking count toward the overall challenge. 
  • Questions and requests for rule exceptions must be presented to the program coordinator, Bre Rowh at

Health & Safety


  • Participation in RecWell activities, including the use of facilities and equipment, is completely voluntary. There are risks and hazards, minor and serious, associated with participation in fitness activities. Participants voluntarily assume all responsibility and risk of loss, damage, illness, and/or injury to person or property associated with the participation in the 30-Day Winter Walking Challenge.
  • Participants are advised to check with a medical professional before starting any exercise program.
  • Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and drink water before, during, and after exercise.