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Step Challenge


Join our fun and social global step challenge and connect with Leeds alumni from around the world.

Do you walk to work? Are you the family dog walker? Do you enjoy an evening stroll to relax after a busy day? Or are you just keen to get out and get active? Everyone can join in the step challenge, you don’t need to be super fit to take part!

Registration for the Step Challenge is now closed

The idea is simple:

Sign up to be part of the Challenge by 23.59 (BST) on 14 April 2021
Download the Signal app so that you are ready to take part in the Challenge. (A few days before the start you will be added to the Step Challenge chat on Signal and put into a team of six where you will decide on your team name. Please be aware that when you are added to the Signal chat group it will allow you and other participants to see the names and mobile numbers of other participants)
• The challenge is from 00.00 Monday 19 to 23.59 Sunday 25 April (your local time)
Do as many steps as you can each day and log your step count on the online step challenge form. Encourage your team mates to do the same. (See information below about how you can track your steps)
Share your photos on the step challenge chat on Signal to see if you can win a Stepping Snap Bonus for your team (see stepping snap bonuses below)
Winners announced on Wednesday 28 April 2021

Apps to measure your steps

Most smartphones have an in-built fitness/health app that will measure your steps when your device is on you. For example, Health on iOS and Google Fit on Android.

These are some further suggestions on apps that track step count:

• Pacer - activity tracker, step counter and more. Available on iOS and Android
• Fitbit - you don’t actually need a Fitbit tracker in order to use the Fitbit app. This app can record your steps. Available on iOS and Android
• GoogleFit - in built on Android phones but also available on iOS
• MapMyWalk - similar to its running counterpart, MapMyWalk tracks your walk and displays your route on a map. It records various stats including step count and distance. Available on iOS and Android
• StepsApp - any wheelchair users can use this app if you have an Apple watch. Available on iOS and Android

Running apps

• Strava
• MapMyRun
• Runkeeper

If you don’t have the tech to support any of the above apps then there are affordable pedometers you can purchase from online sites such as Amazon.

Photo bonuses

Take photos when you are out stepping and add them to the main step challenge chat on Signal. There are 3 photo bonus categories:

1. Photo of your favourite view
2. Photo of a sunrise/sunset
3. Photo of flora – plants and trees

The top 5 photos in each category will be shortlisted by the Alumni and Development Team judges and the winners will be voted on by all Step Challenge participants.

We’d love you to be as creative as you like. You don’t have to be in the photos, unless you want to be.


• 3,000 steps awarded to the winner of the best photo in each photo category
• 2,000 steps awarded for second place in each photo category
• 1,000 steps awarded for third place in each photo category

Sign up now

Sign up by 23.59 (BST) on 14 April to join the Challenge.

The Step Challenge is organised in collaboration with the Get Out, Get Active Team at the University of Leeds.

If you have any questions, please send us an email. We’d love to hear from you.


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