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Monday, June 29, 2009

Winners of the treppenwitz 10k challenge

Some of you may recall that a little over a month ago I issued an open invitation for people to join a walking challenge to see who could accumulate the highest daily average of steps over a 34 day period.  The idea was to get people to do at least 10,000 steps per day... but the sky was the limit.

I was pleasantly surprised by how many people signed up for the challenge since it required making a small purchase (going to a sporting goods store and picking up a pedometer) and actually getting out and walking every day. 

The competition ended on Friday, and the final results were tabulated over the weekend by the elves in the servers at WalkerTracker.com.  I'm pleased to announce that a very nice woman who calls herself 'lighthouslady' ran away with the top spot with a blistering daily average of 31,000 steps!

First of all, everyone who actually finished the 34 days is a winner in my book (awwww, group hug!).  That's a long commitment and I'm proud of everyone who toughed it out.  Hopefully it will lead to good habits and make all of us aware of how much we actually don't move unless we force ourselves off the couch.

But as promised, there are multiple prizes in this competition:

First place (as already mentioned) goes to 'Lighthouselady'.

Last place prize (but having completed all 34 days) goes to 'nycspark1'

A 'Middle of the pack' prize was picked out of a hat (actually a paper bag) from among all the walkers who completed all 34 days... and the lucky winner is  'Ilanadavita'.

The winners (in all three categories) will receive a genuine treppenwitz coffee mug:

  Trepmug

Winners can claim their prize by emailing their shipping address to:  treppenwitz [at] gmail [dot] com.

Just as an aside, anyone who wants to feel like a winner can order this mug (or any of the other products) from the 'treppenwitz swag shack'. 100% of the profits from sales go to support this site, as well as to enable the philanthropic impulses of the site-owner.

So what's next?  Glad you asked.

Starting immediately, you can sign up for the next treppenwitz walking challenge which begins this coming Sunday morning.  Rather than being a month-long slog (which seems to have scared off a lot of people off), this one will be for 6 days only... and is appropriately named 'Six days and then you rest'

Not to be discriminatory or anything, but for this competition I have limited the field to those with an average step count of between 100 and 15000.  So this will require you to have at least a day or two of steps registered before you can join the competition if you are new to the site.

If you aren't already a WalkerTracker member, come on over and sign up (it's free!).  It's really kind of nice the way a micro-community springs up around these competitions and everyone offers encouragement to one another.

What are you waiting for?  =:~)

Posted by David Bogner on June 29, 2009 | Permalink

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Thanks a lot for this competition Trep and also for the prize. Can't wait to drink my daily coffee out of a Treppenwitz mug.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Jun 29, 2009 1:04:22 PM

Great initiative! Where can I get a pedometer in the Efrat/Jerusalem area?

Posted by: toby | Jun 29, 2009 2:36:08 PM

Ilana-Davita... Congrats! Enjoy the mug.

toby... Any of the sporting goods stores in the Malcha Mall will have them, and I'd be surprised if Ricochet didn't have them too. I got ours at Mega Sport.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 29, 2009 2:41:05 PM

Nice mug... :)

Posted by: val | Jun 29, 2009 2:53:25 PM

Thanks for a great adventure in self-improvement!

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jun 29, 2009 3:00:47 PM

Who's the guy modeling the shirts? He doesn't look like a member of your family. Didn't they ask you to model your own shirts?

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Jun 29, 2009 4:49:52 PM

I conked out about halfway through, but it was fun. I think I can handle six days, though, so I signed up again.

Congrats to all the winners.

Posted by: Baila | Jun 29, 2009 11:15:20 PM

can one use a pedometer in the water, having had a hip and a knee replaced in the last year, I do my daily walking in the pool/it is easier on the limbs, would like to join the walk for health on our return to the UK. ( currently in Cape Cod.)

Posted by: yaffa glass | Jun 30, 2009 2:24:33 AM

It was funny, when I left for work on Monday, I realized I forgot my pedometer and panicked. Took a moment to remember that the competition was over and I didn't need to record every step (except for personal satisfaction).

However, it did clearly show me that I'm not walking nearly enough. I need to find some reasons to do more walking during the day, even just for the sake of walking itself.

Thanks!

Posted by: JDMDad | Jun 30, 2009 4:23:41 PM

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