Global Walking Challenge
NYC Steps to Success in LiveSmart's Tenth Annual NYU Global Walking Challenge
The AMC Pavement Pounders team wins with 24,297 average daily steps, reclaiming the "torch trophy" for New York
2020 Challenge Summary and Results
Held in October and November 2020, the Tenth Annual Global Walking Challenge inspired connection for NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and the NYU Global Study Away Sites – moving and motivating faculty and employees across the global network to make strides in our lives toward a safe and healthy lifestyle.
The results are in! The top three teams with the highest average daily steps, calculated by the total number of team steps divided by the number of team participants, are:
- Congratulations to challenge champions AMC Pavement Pounders - NYU New York
24,297 daily average steps
- Daily 5 - NYU Shanghai
24,260 daily average steps
- No. 1 Walker - NYU Shanghai
19,772 daily average steps
The top three teams with the highest number of total steps overall are:
- Walking Wonders - NYU New York
14,040,173 total steps
- Team ProGo - NYU New York
11,420,729 total steps
- CamminAlot! - NYU Florence
10,370,114 total steps
Congratulations to all steppers in the Tenth Annual Global Walking Challenge.
- 2020 – New York
- 2019 – Florence
- 2018 – New York
- 2017 – Abu Dhabi
- 2016 – Abu Dhabi
- 2015 – Abu Dhabi
- 2014 – Abu Dhabi
- 2013 – Abu Dhabi
- 2012 – Abu Dhabi
- 2011 – New York
2020 Features and Resources
NYU LiveSmart has partnered with MoveSpring to enhance the Global Walking Challenge. Via desktop or app, MoveSpring integrates across popular wearables and device technologies. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Connect your smartphone to track your steps (Apple Health or Google Fit). The option to manually enter steps has been retired.
Faculty and employees will have the opportunity to create a smaller team that has a global affiliation (New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or Global Study Away Sites). Participants may register and team captains can identify themselves starting September 16. Register to be a team captain and lead a team of eight or more for additional fun and community. Consider organizing the smaller team by department, building, or subject matter expertise, then start stepping together in October. Each team must have at least eight members or will otherwise be added to a larger team of individuals. Starting September 16 through October 8, participants can register for the challenge. The team captains will submit a list of their team members. If you do not have a team captain or planned team, you will be added to a team of individuals based on your global affiliation.
As in previous years, each team will continue to compete to achieve the highest daily step average. Each participant will also be automatically enrolled in a Target Challenge that occurs concurrently; the target to achieve is at least 300,000 total steps throughout the 30-day challenge. You can also keep your streak going by completing 8,500 steps per day. The challenge begins October 14 through November 12. Additional features include:
- Education: Look for content posted within MoveSpring throughout the challenge. View motivational tips and articles on various health topics.
- Team Chat: Your team will have its designated chat room to provide support, social chatter, or friendly conversation to engage as a group. Note: Please follow the University's social media guidelines when chatting.
- Team Leaderboard: The team with the highest daily step average moves to the top of the leaderboard. Work together with you team to earn the top spot. Select your team to view a leaderboard of fellow teammates.
- Streak: Try to meet a personal step, minute, or distance goal as many days in a row as possible. Each day you complete 8,500 steps keeps your streak going.
- Target: Concurrent with the overall challenge, you are encouraged to complete the target goal of 300,000 steps over the 30-day challenge. MoveSpring automatically calculates an ideal daily individual target to help you stay on track.
- Notifications: When content is posted by the challenge administrator or someone posts within your team chat, a push notification will appear. You may also receive push notifications to remind you to sync your steps. You can adjust your push notification settings, but we encourage you to leave them turned on.
2020 Important Dates
- Sept. 16: Team Captain and General Registration Begins
- Oct. 8: Team Captain and General Registration Ends
- Oct. 14: Challenge Begins
- Nov. 12: Challenge Ends
MoveSpring Help Articles
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate?
NYU faculty and employees globally have the opportunity to participate. (NYU Langone and NYU School of Medicine faculty and employees are not eligible to participate.)
How is the winning team determined?
The team with the highest daily step average will be named the winner. This team's global affiliation – New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or a Global Study Away Site – will be named the overall winner.
What if I don't have a fitness tracker or pedometer?
Most smartphones can track your steps with Apple Health or Google Fit.
What if I don't know a captain or there is not a team I would like to join?
Any faculty or employee may choose to participate without being on a smaller team. In this case, you will be placed on a team of individuals of your global affiliation.
What is the difference between the Team Challenge and Target Challenge?
Faculty and employees will have the opportunity to join any team they wish upon registering for the Team Challenge. You will be automatically enrolled in the Target Challenge, where you "compete against yourself" to reach a minimum target of 300,000 total steps throughout the month-long contest.
How will my information be shared?
Deidentified, anonymous, aggregate data may be shared with NYU's wellness program administrator and an NYU faculty researcher and used solely for research purposes to advance science.
Comments from past participants
"This was a positive, collaborative and motivating challenge. It created a good talking point within the team and I really enjoyed being a part of it."
"Thank you for coordinating this health challenge! My second pedometer broke during the last week and I finally gave up counting, but I walk to and from work daily and rarely ride the subway or bus, so I feel confident I’m doing as much walking as I can. Plus, this week the elevator in our apt building broke and may be out of service for months! We live on the 5th floor. We are getting plenty of exercise, especially my 4 yr old!"
"My two young sons (8 and 5yrs old) are my biggest cheer leaders. Which is why I wanted to ask you if there are any extra pedometers? If there is, can I please have two for them? They would be so excited to feel like a part of our team."
"I am giving up the stationary bicycle for the month (no steps counted there) and instead substituting other cardio activities. Also, as I try to take the stairs as much as possible but hating going up past the endless floors before the 2nd floor, I am taking the elevator only to the 2nd floor and walking from there and getting off the elevator two floors below the floor that I live on (confuses the neighbors a bit, though)."
"Our pup is also enjoying the walking program. She has benefitted greatly."
"I love the NYU Global Walking Contest! This program has pushed me to walk a little more each day, take the stairs and generally be more aware of my physical activity. I also appreciated the connection with our Global site and the collegial competition. That said, I hope we (NYU New York) walk away with the trophy!"
"I used to run one mile each morning, but due to the fact that I was participating in the global walking contest, I thought that I would push the envelope. I am now running three miles a day, feeling great and intend on bringing the trophy home to New York!"
"It is 6,842 miles from New York City to Abu Dhabi. That is roughly 14,368,200 steps. Collectively, we have walked back and forth both global sites, with extra steps to spare for sight-seeing! :-)"
"I am glad I signed up for this contest. I run 4 - 5 times a week but fail to cross-train, do warm-ups and cool-downs. For this contest, I get up earlier to walk a mile before and after a run. I walk to and from Port Authority to 721 Broadway to log in more steps. At lunch, I take the stairs instead of the elevator. The contest is definitely helping me train for a 15K race on December 17. I am running faster and longer on weekends."
"I've been trying to lose weight and get in shape without success for years. Exercising has always been a chore. I never knew how I was doing, or never saw the results as I've seen this past month. I have more energy and I feel lighter. I used to complain about my knees hurting, as I climbed up or walked down stairs/steps. I feel like a new younger person. I can now run up and down steps without feeling winded. Thank you for giving me the incentive to walk daily and keep in shape. I'm sorry the walk is coming to an end, but I will not stop walking. I've started recording my steps on Facebook :) When I began walking, my goal was to walk 10000 steps (5 miles) a day. Although it was hard in the beginning to reach that goal, I was very excited when I made it. My next goal is 10 miles. I almost made it yesterday; I walked 7.5 miles. It is hard to reach these goals away from the gym, but contantly moving when at home, work, or waiting for the train helps me towards accomplishing my goal. Thank you. A very satisfied walker :)"
"I took my walking to a whole other level in Europe. During our winter break, I went to Italy and France and walked 11-18.5 miles/day. I busted my walking goal wide open :)."