• Walk & Ride Challenge

    What is the Walk & Ride Challenge? 

    Wal & Ride LogoHeld in the Fall each year, the Walk & Ride Challenge is contest to see how Bethesda-based employees can incorporate walking into their daily routine by considering alternative commute modes other than driving alone and sitting in traffic.

    Are we having Walk & Ride in 2020?

    The answer is YES! But it will be different this year.

    How so? No t-shirts for starters and no pedometers unless you specifically request one by emailing Jennifer Zucker at jzucker@bethesda.org. We know it's a bummer but our first goal is your safety.

    Since we aren't doing shirts and pedometers for everyone, we have lowered the price to $10 per team!

    How does it work?

    Folks form teams with their colleagues and compete against other teams in Bethesda by logging their steps into the Walk & Ride Challenge website.

    Who can participate?

    All downtown Bethesda-based companies and their employees.

    When does this happen?

    Walk & Ride Log inRegistration will be opening in September 2020. 

    Participants can log their steps on workdays falling between October 5-23, 2020.

    This Challenge tracks walking ONLY.  Biking for recreation, roller blading, and other forms of exercise are not tracked by pedometer and those activities will not count toward your total step count.

    If, however, you decide to start your bike to work to gear up for Bike to Work Day in May, feel free to check out our Bike Safety Class information to prepare you for your commute!

    You can track your steps anywhere and everywhere, as long as they are taken from the time you start your commute until you return home. Walk to and from the Metro station, to and from the bus stop, to and from work - and everywhere in between! Walk to a new restaurant for lunch, or if you brought food from home, go out for a long walk instead of working at your desk while you eat. Walking and transit is an ideal combination. You might not live close enough to your job to walk to work. So, ride Metrorail and walk from the Metro station or your bus stop to your workplace.
     

    What You Could Get:

    Weekly Prizes
    Each week, participants walking more than 50,000 steps will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes. Those walking 25,000-49,000 steps will be entered into a drawing for other great prizes. In addition, there will be occasional scavenger hunts and other ways to win prizes.

    Team Prizes
    The top 3 teams with the highest average number of logged steps receive a team prize (1st, 2nd & 3rd place).

    If you have any questions, you can contact Jennifer Zucker at 301-656-0868, ext. 118 

    2018 Challenge Winners

    Walk & Ride 1st Place Winners

    First Place: Taco Belles (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)

    The Taco Belles from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists walked an average of 259,039 steps over the 3-week period. The team as a whole received a prize package from Bradley Food & Beverage and each team member will receive a $125 gift card to Amazon. (Bethesda Urban Partnership Board Chairman Robert Donohoe, Jr., Bethesda Urban Partnership Executive Director Rick Ammirato, (both far left) and Bethesda Transportation Solutions Director Kristen Blackmon (far right) present the 1st place prize)

    Second Place: Step Up for Adoption (The Barker Foundation)

    Walk & Ride 3rd Place winners

    Third Place: Happy Feet (Linowes and Blocher)

    Walk & Ride 3rd place winners

2019 Walk & Ride Sponsors

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Want to get involved? Contact Kristen Blackmon at (301-656-0868) ext. 119 to find out about Sponsorship Opportunities!