Global Walking Challenge

Save the Dates: The next Global Walking Challenge will be October 3-31, 2017. Watch your email in September for faculty and employee registration information.

Sixth Annual Contest Concludes with 106 Million Steps and Another Abu Dhabi Win

Global Walking Challenge

Held in November-December 2016, the Global Walking Challenge resulted in a fun and collegial connection for NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai – moving and motivating faculty and employees across our global network to make enhancements in their daily lives toward a healthier lifestyle.*

The results are in! Recording individual steps on a shared spreadsheet, more than 600 participants collectively walked more than 106 million steps – or 53,000 miles!

The winning team is calculated by the total number of team steps divided by the number of participants to achieve the average number of steps:

  • NYU New York
    Winner of the inaugural contest, teammates took 71,449,344 total steps, with an average of 278,013 steps; the top walker logged 714,812 steps.
  • NYU Shanghai
    In their third year of competition, teammates took 16,616,121 total steps, with an average of 307,706 steps; the top walker logged 1,047,619 steps.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi
    Reigning champions since 2012, teammates took 18,122,523 total steps, with an average of 317,939 steps; the top walker logged 709,793 steps.

Congratulations, Abu Dhabi team – for the fifth consecutive year, you continue to hold the “torch trophy”!

  • 2016 – Abu Dhabi team
  • 2015 – Abu Dhabi team
  • 2014 – Abu Dhabi team
  • 2013 – Abu Dhabi team
  • 2012 – Abu Dhabi team
  • 2011 – New York team

If you participated in the contest and wish to provide a comment for inclusion on LiveSmart webpages, tweet with the hashtag #nyusteps or send an email to

* The World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and American Heart Foundation recommend a minimum 10,000 steps per day to improve health and reduce risks of chronic disease. What's your daily step count?

Global Walking Challenge