CLA Wellness Walking Challenge

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Presented by the CLA Health and Wellness Committee

Take the steps towards better health this summer through the CLA Wellness Walking Challenge! Studies have proven that there are many benefits of walking including reduced risk for ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and depression (just to name a few). So join us this summer for a free team challenge to walk the length of California virtually from wherever you are!

Challenge participants will form teams of five to collectively walk 950+ miles across California in five weeks. As you make progress on the virtual route, you’ll come across eight regional milestones as if you had walked there in-person!

There are prizes for the first three eligible teams who complete the challenge and all challenge participants can receive a CLA water bottle to help keep you hydrated throughout the challenge.

Registration is open now through August 3rd. We encourage you to register now and begin forming your teams in advance of the challenge start date. That way, when August 1st comes around you’re ready to hit the ground… walking! 

We will stay connected throughout the challenge in the CLA Health and Wellness Facebook Group. Meet us there to find team members for the challenge, share photos or experiences from your walks, exchange resources, and have a community to cheer you on!



  • The challenge will formally begin on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. (Pacific)
  • The deadline to register and form your teams is August 3, 2021.  After this date, no additional registrants will be accepted.  Anyone who has not formed or joined a team by August 3rd at noon will be assigned a team.
  • The challenge will end on September 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.


You can access the app on your web browser or through the iOS or Android mobile apps.  


Check out these helpful and quick resources from the app provider, Big Team Challenge.  Tutorial videos provided address both the desktop and mobile apps.  

Information and Tutorials for New Users

Frequently Asked Questions

Once the challenge has begun all features of the app platform will become available.  You will be able to monitor your personal activities, your team’s activities, and keep tabs on the team leader board.  There are also challenge and distance achievements to keep you motivated.  The challenge administrator will intermittently send communications to participants – these messages will be visible via email and on the app platform under “Challenge Updates”. 


Challenge participants will be able to log their step activities via FitBit, Garmin Connect, or manually via the app (manual tracking could be made easier with the use of any pedometer).  You can walk, jog, or run whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.  If you have synced your FitBit or Garmin Connect with the challenge app, your activity will be automatically updated each time you visit the challenge app. 

The route is a total of 957 miles, so for teams of five, an equal share would be about 192 miles over the five weeks.  A good goal for individuals is to walk at least 38 miles each week or 5 miles per day.  On average, a mile is about 2,000 steps.  With a daily goal of 5 miles, we challenge participants to walk 10,000 steps each day.  While that might sound like a lot, remember all of your steps count.  Here are some ideas from the Mayo Clinic to conveniently incorporate more steps into your day: 

  • Take the dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to walk dogs at an animal shelter. Or combine your activity with social time by joining a friend to walk his or her dog.
  • Try music. A bouncy tune or something with a strong beat can make activity more enjoyable and help motivate you to walk farther or faster.
  • Include the family. Instead of an afternoon movie, go for a walk or hike together.
  • Walk while waiting. Take a walk instead of sitting when you’re early for an appointment or waiting for a flight.
  • Schedule workday walks. Put reminders in your calendar for short walking breaks to ramp up your energy throughout the day. Have a one-on-one meeting? Plan to walk and talk.
  • Park farther away. Choose parking spots farther away from the entrance. If you take the bus, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way.
  • Take the stairs. Even going down the stairs counts as steps and burns calories.


This challenge is designed to be completed by teams of five in five weeks.  Smaller teams are technically permitted, but strongly discouraged.  The parameters to win or complete the challenge will not vary based on team size – in the end, the first three teams to complete the full route win (see the challenge rules for more details).  

You can watch this two-minute video for some guidance on how to join or form a team.  Feel free to use the Facebook group to connect with others and form a team.  If you have not joined a team by August 3rd at noon, you will be assigned to a team by the challenge administrator.


All challenge participants are eligible to receive a #CLAWellnessChallenge water bottle to help keep you hydrated throughout the challenge.  In the registration process you will be prompted to provide your mailing address for this purpose.  Water bottles will be distributed via mail in late July/early August. 

The first three eligible teams who complete the entire challenge will receive the prizes noted below – all members of the team will receive one of each item noted.  Please see the challenge rules for more details.

  • 1st Place 
    • CLA Zip Up Hoodie 
    • $50 Amazon Gift Card 
    • Complimentary Registration to CLA’s 2021 Annual Meeting 
  • 2nd Place 
    • $25 Amazon Gift Card 
    • Complimentary Registration to CLA’s 2021 Annual Meeting 
  • 3rd Place
    • Complimentary Registration to CLA’s 2021 Annual Meeting 


All challenge participants will need to register online.  The final phase of the registration process will be to accept both the rules of the challenge and a waiver and release of liability.  The full text of each are provided to you at the time of acknowledgement, but are also available here for reference. 

Challenge Rules 

CLA Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement


If you have any questions about the app platform, please reach out to the app provider, Big Team Challenge, directly.  To contact Big Team Challenge, visit the challenge app and click the blue and white circular icon in the lower right corner of your screen. If you have questions about the challenge rules, logistics, prizes, etc., you can contact CLA’s Health and Wellness Committee at

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