Thank you to everyone who participated in Campus Rec’s 8th annual Walktober program! Check back in September for more details on Walktober 2018. 

Please contact Walktober with any questions or concerns.


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A group of about two dozen walkers pose for the camera at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

A group of five walkers walk through downtown Portland.










Submit Team


Walktober is not only a great opportunity to get some exercise and spend time outdoors, it’s also a great chance to socialize and compete as a team! You can form a team with friends, classmates, co-workers, or people you just met.

Teams can have 4-10 members, and must be created in ChallengeRunner by TBD date. Designate 1 person on your team as the “Captain” and have them log into their ChallengeRunner account and follow the “How to Create a Team” tutorial. Once they have created the team, the remaining team members should follow the “How to Join a Team” tutorial to add themselves to the team.  

Team scores are determined by averaging the total steps logged by each member of the team, and are displayed on the same leaderboard as individual scores. All participants on a team are eligible to earn both the Engaged Participant prize as well as compete for the prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams.





Here's what Walktober 2017 participants earned:

Engaged Participants: In order to reach the Engaged Participant level you must log a total of 310,000 steps during the month of October, or an average of 10,000 steps per day. Participants who reach this goal will receive our Engaged Participant Prize Package containing:

  • A voucher for free coffee or tea on campus
  • A safety light
  • An assortment of products from local Portland businesses such as Bob’s Red Mill, Wild Friends Nut Butters, and Portland Soap Works


Team Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the First and Second Place teams, and rankings will be determined by averaging the total number of steps logged by each member of the team. All participants on a team are eligible to earn both the Engaged Participant prize as well as their team prize.

The first place team has their pick of either a $15 gift certificate to Next Adventure for every member of the team -OR- a  $10 gift certificate to Moberi for every member of the team. The second place team will get the remaining prize. 

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Moberi logo

Raffles: We will also be raffling off great incentives at many of our guided walks, so make sure to check the Facebook page and our weekly newsletters for further details.


Walking Routes


We haven't created our walking routes yet for Walktober 2018, but participants can expect 2-3 optional walks per week lead by Campus Rec Walktober staff. Walks will range from 0.75 to 4 miles and will range in difficulty.



What is Walktober?

Walktober is a free 31-day health promotion challenge designed to motivate and inspire students, staff and faculty to become more active around campus and beyond! Cool October days make for a spectacular fall color display that is ideal for walking. With that said, the program is designed to: 

  • Guide you through the benefits of walking
  • Dramatically boost the amount that you walk by incorporating walking into your daily routine
  • Inspire you to make walking a priority year-round

When does Walktober begin and end?
Walktober officially begins October 1 and ends on October 31.

Is Walktober a competition?
Yes, but you don’t have to compete against other participants if you don’t want to. You may instead compete as an individual for an opportunity to earn the Engaged Participant incentive (accumulate an average of 10,000 steps per day, or 310,000 total steps over the course of the challenge). If you are looking for competition as well, you can join a team of 4-10 people. Teams have the opportunity of winning first and second place prizes for averaging the most steps walked, while individuals on the team are also eligible to earn the Engaged Participant prize.

Who can participate?
Walktober is free and open to the entire PSU community. You do NOT have to be a Rec Center member to join.

Are there group walks where I can meet others to walk with?
Yes! Please refer to our Walking Routes & Calendar page for a complete listing of guided walks. Although group walks are not mandatory for participating in Walktober, it is a great way to get some steps in up and meet new people! If you can't make the guided walks you can still join our Facebook group to interact and engage with other PSU Walktober participants. 

How do I create or join a team?

Walktober participants are welcome to compete as individuals or on a team. Teams must contain 4-10 people and be created in ChallengeRunner by 5:00pm on Monday, October 9th. Please view our “How to Create a Team” and “How to Join a Team” tutorials to learn how to do this.

How does team competition work?
Team scores are calculated by averaging the total steps submitted by each team. This ensures that a team of 4 and a team of 10 have equal chances of winning. Teams are not required but provide great motivation and are highly encouraged!

Why is Walktober tracking steps instead of minutes this year?

Tracking steps instead of minutes is one of several changes that we’ve made to Walktober this year. One reason that we’ve made the switch is that steps are easier to compare across different fitness tracking devices than active minutes. With our upgrade to the ChallengeRunner website, we wanted to make it easier for participants to integrate their devices with the Walktober system. 

How do I track & submit the steps that I’ve walked?

If you have already synced your fitness tracking device or smartphone with ChallengeRunner your steps should be logged to your account automatically. Make sure to check out our detailed ChallengeRunner tutorials if you have any questions about how to do this.

If you do not have a fitness tracking device or smartphone you are more than welcome to track and enter your data manually. Take a look at our “How to Manually Enter Data” tutorial for more details on how to do this.

What if I don’t have a fitness tracking device or smartphone?

Good news, owning a fitness tracking device or smartphone is not required to participate in Walktober. As mentioned above, you can easily track and log your steps manually. We recommend referring to this simple chart to convert your time spent running or walking into steps. 

Please see the “How to Manually Enter Data” tutorial for more details on how to do this.   

Please contact us at walktober@pdx.edu if you do not have a fitness tracker or smartphone and would like some assistance in tracking your steps, we are happy to help you out.

Why does the ChallengeRunner leaderboard only seem to show teams?

Please see the “How to Navigate the Leaderboard” tutorial for information on viewing and interpreting the ChallengeRunner leaderboard.

Please contact walktober@pdx.edu with any questions or concerns.




Steps per minute

Walking, 30 min mile (2 mph)


Walking, 20 min mile (3 mph)


Walking, 15 min mile (4 mph)


Running, 8 min mile


Running, 10 min mile


Running, 12 min mile



ChallengeRunner Tutorials


Navigating a new system can be tricky, so please take a look at our detailed tutorials on how to perform common tasks on ChallengeRunner.  

For further information on how to interface with the ChallengeRunner app, fitness tracking devices, and smartphone health apps, please visit the ChallengeRunner Technical Support pages below:  



Please contact walktober@pdx.edu with any questions or concerns.



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