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VSU Walking Club

The VSU Walking Club is open to any VSU faculty, staff or student wanting to join. It is free of charge and designed to promote physical fitness activities. On-going prizes can be achieved by reaching 50, 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500 mile increments. Special contests are done periodically throughout the year.

2014 Spring Challenge

This spring we have the Walk to a New You Challenge. This challenge kicks off on Monday, March 3 and ends Sunday, May 4. The ultimate goal is to strive to walk 200 miles or more. There is no fee to participate. Join other faculty, staff, students and retirees as we increase our exercise levels. The ending celebration is scheduled for Monday, May 5 at 4:00 PM where we will have additional prize drawings such as an iPad Mini, CORE trips and more. In addition to the additional prize drawings, you automatically earn prizes as a member of the Walking Club. Don't walk, but want to participate...use this link to find out more.

In-Progress Challenge Results

Week One Results: View in PDF or JPEG
Week Three Results: View in PDF or JPEG
Week Four Results: View in PDF or JPEG
Week Five Results: View in PDF or JPEG
Week Six Results: View in PDF or JPEG
Week Seven Results: View in PDF or JPEG
Week Eight Results: View in PDF or JPEG

Use this link to let us know you want to participate in the Spring Semester Challenge.

How to Join

Any VSU faculty, staff or student wishing to join the Walking Club can enroll online .

Once you enroll, you will need to turn in your signed wavier (click on the release form for downloadable file) Release Form and send to the VSU Employee and Organizational Development office in order to receive your free pedometer. This form can be sent through campus mail to the Employee & Organizational Development.

After you receive your pedometer, you can start tracking your miles walked. Use our online database to update your miles daily or by the end of each week.

How to Record Miles

You must login to record your miles walked. You should use your pedometer to keep track of the number of miles you walk a day. Even walking around campus to and from buildings and parking lots can count toward your miles for that day. Use this link to find out distance between buildings and parking lots on campus in terms of feet. There are 5280 feet in one mile.

If you are using a treadmill or other cardiovascular machine at a gym, you can include those miles.

Walking Locations

We have walking areas identified for your use with distance already calculated for you. These are:

  • Perimeter of Main campus (i.e. Magic Square) = 1 mile
  • Azalea City Trail from Drexel Park (Williams Street) to the end of the COE Parking lot (Sustella Street) =.951 of a mile.
  • Middle School track = four times around is 1 mile
  • PE Complex track = 7 times around using second lane is 1 mile

You do not have to use these designated areas for your walking to count. Walking in your neighborhood or other locations is fine.

*Rewards and Recognition

Prizes will be awarded on an individual basis. Set awards are listed below. Spontaneous additional prizes and incentives will be announced throughout the year. These include such things as top ten walkers for the month, walk to a destination, and achieving first marathon walk.

 

Level 1 50 Miles  Coozie
Level 2 100 Miles  Stadium Cup
Level 3 150 Miles  Cup with Straw

Level 4

You have reached the Semester Goal and will be entered in for additional prize drawings.

200 Miles Cube Shirt from Bookstore 
Level 5 300 Miles Tervis Tubler
Level 6 400 Miles Long Sleeve Shirt
Level 7 500 Miles Crew Fleece

To Redeem your prize


Open and fill out the PDF form using this link.

When you have finished filling out the form save the form as a PDF and email as an attachment to training@valdosta.edu, or print it out and send in intercampus mail:

Employee and Organizational Development

You will need the Adobe Acrobat reader to use this form. If you do not have Reader you can download it for free here.

Fitness Tips:

Here are a few websites with valuable information about getting into shape.

Beginning a walking/Running Program

http://http://www.thewalkingsite.com/beginner.html
http://www.runnersworld.com/the-starting-line/start-walkinghttp://www.runnersworld.com/beginners/the-8-week-beginners-program?page=single

Walking Injuries and Prevention

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/information/walking-and-injuries.htm
http://www.thewalkingsite.com/stretching.html

Nutrition

http://www.fleetfeetcolumbus.com/training/mit-articles/nutrition-for-runners-walkers