Congrats to all who completed U of T’s 10,000 Steps Challenge

Congratulations to all 1,452 staff (the highest number of participants yet!) and 202 teams who completed an average of ~10,918 steps daily per person and more than 491.45 million steps in total as a group (equivalent to 374,485 kms) in U of T’s 10,000 Steps Challenge May 2024. For context, collectively walking 374,485 kilometres would almost get you to the moon!

The results are in! Huge shout out to our top three teams who did an incredible job at achieving a high daily steps average as a team:

1. The Chariots of Fire – 26,509 average steps per day!

Team members: Carlie Baylis, Olumide Bolu, Demi Deligiannis, Teresa Levitt, and Cherilyn Nobleza

2. Mission…possible – 22,391 average steps per day!

Team members: Carmen Dsouza, Pilar Larrain Herrera, Raquel Perez, Elsa Alpirez Reyes, Margaret Tuo, Ivana Tosic, and Liza Wong

3. Pedagogical Pedometer – 20,861 average steps per day!

Team members: Justin Fletcher, Jeff Quinlan, Philip Rudz, and Derek Wilson

Lucky Team Prizes for a group lunch using an Uber Eats gift card went out to:

  • Team Prize#1 awarded to the team with the highest average number of steps: The Chariots of Fire
  • Team Prize #2 awarded to a random draw of the top 20 teams: TFoM – RSS Ignorance is Blisters
  • Team Prize #3 awarded to a random draw of all participating teams: Bora the Exploras

Four participants were also randomly drawn each week of the challenge to win a U of T Water bottle:

  • Week 1: Sally Brunton
  • Week 2: Sadia Khwaja
  • Week 3: Larry Whatmore
  • Week 4: Alycia Bromley

We congratulate all 202 teams who participated and appreciate their team spirit, effort, and determination to improve activity levels. We all gain a reward when we work together towards making positive health changes each day.

Out of 182 challenge survey respondents,

  • 85.9% are likely to recommend this steps challenge,
  • 91% Agreed or Strongly Agreed that the steps challenge motivated them to improve their level of physical activity,
  • 83% Agreed or Strongly Agreed that the steps challenge supported team morale and engagement, and
  • 94% would be interested in participating in another wellness challenge.

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Here are testimonials from our top performers to inspire everyone to stay active:

Prior to the challenge, cardio, and endurance training were already a high priority for me. However, I hit a record high for the month of May as my peers provided extra motivation to really push myself. The benefits of running daily for both physical and mental health cannot be understated. Remember to stretch & stay hydrated!

 Derek Addison, Building Patrol, F&A, UTL

The timing of this year’s Steps Challenge was perfect. The UTM Student Services Hub opened in April, bringing together over 80 professional staff members. This gave us the opportunity to form two teams. We embraced the challenge and took a number of nature walks at beautiful UTM. On a personal note, the challenge coincided with my return to the gym. The accountability of the competition helped me build and keep my momentum and work towards my fitness goals.
Ron Wener, Employment Strategist, Career Centre, UTM