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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 100 mile increments. Special contests are done periodically throughout the year. Our big event called "Shape up and Ship Out" is held every spring.

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 & 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.

Recognition level Accomplishment Prize
Level One
(special recognition)
100 miles walked within first three months of joining program.
t-shrit
$10 Bookstore gift certificate and t-shirt.
Bronze Level 200 miles walked
Mug
Bronze Mug
Silver Level 300 miles walked
Bag
Silver Sports Bag
Gold Level 400 miles walked

Pen
24 karat Gold Plated Executive Pen

Level Two (special recognition) 500 miles walked within nine months of joining the program.
$25 Bookstore gift certificate

Please Note: Level One and Two awards can only be achieved during the set time frame. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards may be achieved at any point the number of required miles is reached.
*Prizes subject to change and availability.

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 some websites with valuable information about getting into shape.

Lifetips-Exercise Tips

About.com: Walking

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