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Monday, July 13, 2009

These sneakers are made for walkin'...

The last treppenwitz walking competition lasted only 6 days, and somehow didn't seem long enough (to me, anyway).  I need a longer period (especially when dealing with averages) so that if I goof off for a day or two, I won't get discouraged at seeing my average number of steps plummet.

The next walking competition will begin Wednesday morning and will end the day before Tisha B'Av.  Hey, I figure most of us need a diversion during the three weeks anyway, so why not get in better shape? 

As I've said before, there is a very nice sense of community and mutual support in these competitions, complete with a message board and a graph showing everyone's daily averages. So even if you are walking alone... you're never really alone.  Personally, I like that I can enter my steps at the end of the day and catch up on how everyone else's walking went.  Just knowing that I wasn't the only one who really didn't feel like walking... but did it anyway, offers a small reward all its own.

For those of you who have somehow resisted joining Walker Tracker, this is another chance.  Click here to sign up.  It's quick, easy and free... I promise!

For those of you who are already walker tracker members, the link to the up-coming competition (called treppenwalk 3) is here.  Get registered (even if you are still shopping for your pedometer or looking to upgrade) because once the competition starts you will be locked out. 

At stake is a shiny new treppenwitz coffee mug, to be awarded by random drawing to one of the lucky people who meet the (very reachable) goal; averaging 10,000 steps per day over the competition period. 

To be clear, this isn't about who walks the furthest or the fastest. It isn't even about who has the highest average.   More than half the people who entered the last challenge reached the goal and became eligible for the prize drawing.  But as the saying goes; you have to be in it to win it.

I'm wondering if I can shame my siblings and parents into this one.  We'll see.

Posted by David Bogner on July 13, 2009 | Permalink


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I'm aiming to buy a pedometer in the US. I'll try to catch one in the fall..

Posted by: Safranit | Jul 13, 2009 11:28:10 AM

"To be clear, this isn't about who walks the furthest or the fastest. It isn't even about who has the highest average."

Why do I have the strangest sensation that the sentiment above was directed (mostly) at me?!


Posted by: zahava | Jul 13, 2009 1:31:14 PM

David, the link is broken to the registration page (from the looks of it, you forgot to enter the adress). This time I'm signing up!

Posted by: Noa | Jul 13, 2009 4:35:14 PM

Linda & I might just might enter... somehow this little competition has triggered something in my lovely fiancee!

Posted by: val | Jul 13, 2009 5:39:52 PM

Ok, ok. Not sure how you found me, but I signed up. I just ordered a new pedometer yesterday, though, and I used the free shipping option -- so the contest may be half-over (or more) by the time I get it.

Posted by: Tanya | Jul 14, 2009 1:49:33 AM

Another great initiative. Thanks.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Jul 14, 2009 10:33:16 AM

I am having the same problem as Noa posted on July 13. I registered but can't sign up.

Posted by: ofra | Jul 17, 2009 1:59:27 PM

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