Virtual Walking Challenge 2021

#WalkWithFF2021

Monday, July 5 – Sunday, August 1

 

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual ALL Faithful Families challenge event! Join Faithful Families and partners across the country for the Virtual Walking Challenge, as we turn our focus to reconnection. As we begin to imagine life beyond the pandemic, let’s support each other by staying healthy, staying strong, and finding ways to connect with one another.

 

What is the Virtual Walking Challenge?

The challenge is a fun way to encourage you, your family, and your faith community to be more physically active. Each week of the event, you will receive a newsletter with quick tips and ideas for staying active and connected during this pandemic. Using the Walking Challenge Log, you will keep track of how much you walk each day. For every 10 minutes of walking, you will receive 1 point. And new this year – each week you will find optional activities outlined in the newsletter that will give you the chance to earn additional Connection Points. Each activity is worth 3 points (equivalent to 30 minutes of walking). At the end of the challenge, you will count the total number of points (walking points + Connection Points) you have accumulated throughout the four weeks.

 

How long is the event? 

This is a four week event that begins on Monday, July 5 and ends on Sunday, August 1. During these four weeks, you will be challenged to increase how much you walk from week to week and to try out new ways to connect with yourself, with nature, with your community and with hope.

 

Who can participate? 

Anyone can take part in this challenge!  Only adults are eligible for prizes.  While the challenge was created for adults, adults are welcome to walk with their children and we encourage you to reach out and make connections – especially intergenerational ones – as you participate this year!

Be sure to check with your doctor before you start a new walking program.  Check out these helpful tips for walking more.

Is there a cost to participate?

This is a free event! Materials will be available for all to download on the website.

 

How do I sign up?

There are two ways you can choose to participate: 1) individually, or 2) as part of a team. To sign up, review the instructions here.

 

Where do I get the materials for the event? 

Materials needed to begin the challenge are available here. Weekly newsletters will be emailed to you and will also be made available here. If you are participating as part of a team, your Team Leader will receive the materials and newsletters by email and then distribute them to you.

 

How do I stay connected during the event? 

Faithful Families will post daily tips and motivation on Facebook and Twitter. A list of social media prompts will be provided for you to use throughout the challenge. Use the hashtag #WalkWithFF2021 to share your journey with others taking part in the challenge. Don’t forget to tag Faithful Families!

New this year – we have created a private Facebook group for 2021 Walking Challenge participants to use to connect with one another and with us! Find us on Facebook by searching for “Faithful Families Walking Challenge 2021.” Request to join and someone from the Faithful Families team will add you to the group. Only members of the private group will be able to view and post there. We hope this will be a great way to build community, share experiences, and encourage one another during this year’s challenge!

Facebook: @FaithfulFamiliesThrivingCommunities

Twitter: @FFThriving

 

Are there prizes?

Yes! There are four ways you can win a pair of Volantis True Wireless earbuds. Find out how to be eligible!

There are two ways you can choose to participate in the challenge:

1) Individually

2) As part of a team

 

For Individuals

Sign up here

 

What to expect:

  • Materials needed to begin the challenge are available here.
  • Each week of the event, you will be emailed a newsletter with quick tips and ideas for staying active and connected during this pandemic. The newsletters will also be made available here.
  • Using the Walking Challenge Log, you will keep track of how much you walk each day. For every 10 minutes of walking, you will receive 1 point.
  • At the end of the challenge, you will count the total number of points you have accumulated throughout the four weeks. Submit total points in a post-event survey to be eligible for prizes.

 

For Teams

Follow these steps:

  1. Download and review Organizing the Walking Challenge to plan the event.
  2. Designate a Team Leader.
  3. Select a team name.
  4. Sign up here (Only the Team Leaders needs to sign up, on behalf of the team).

 

Role of the Team Leader:

  • Keep track of who is on the team by using the provided Sign-up Sheet.
  • Help promote the event and recruit team members (announcement poster is provided).
  • Distribute the Walking Challenge Log and weekly newsletters to team members.
  • Collect and report the total number of points accumulated by the team in a post-event survey.
  • Encourage team members to share their Virtual Walking Challenge experience on Facebook and Twitter (social media prompts will be provided).

 

What to expect:

  • Materials needed to begin the challenge are available here. Team Leaders will distribute challenge materials to team members.
  • Each week of the event, the Team Leader will receive and then distribute a newsletter with quick tips and ideas for staying active and connected during this pandemic. The newsletters will also be made available here
  • Using the Walking Challenge Log, each team member will keep track of how much they walk each day. For every 10 minutes of walking, receive 1 point.
  • At the end of the challenge, each team member will count how many points they have accumulated throughout the four weeks and submit the number to the Team Leader.
  • The Team Leader will submit the team’s total points in a post-event survey for the team to be eligible for prizes.

The Virtual Walking Challenge materials are writable and can be filled out on the computer. They can also be printed and filled out by hand. Download materials by clicking on the links below.

 

Social media posts – COMING SOON!: Use these posts to promote the challenge and share daily tips and motivation throughout the challenge on Facebook and Twitter.

Promotional Poster: Use this poster template to promote the event on social media, website postings, email, mailing, etc.

Organizing the Virtual Walking Challenge: Teams can use this to help plan the event.

Sign-up Sheet: Use this sign-up sheet to keep track of team members.

Walking Challenge Log: Use this log to keep track of how much you walk each day. For every 10 minutes of walking, give yourself 1 point.

Connection Points: Don’t forget that you can earn extra Connection Points by participating in weekly activities that focus on connection! Activities are outlined in each weekly newsletter, but use this summary list as a handy reference guide to those activities.

Certificate of Participation: Recognize participants who complete the challenge with this certificate.

Each week of the event, challenge participants will receive a newsletter with quick tips and ideas for staying active and connected during this pandemic. Newsletters will also be available here for you to download.

Check back on Monday, July 5 for the Week 1 Newsletter!

 

 

 

 

 

Four ways to win Volantis True Wireless Ear Buds!

  • Awarded to: The INDIVIDUAL with the most challenge points at the end of the challenge.
    How to be eligible: Sign up to participate in the event as an individual (can’t have signed up to join a team). Keep track of your challenge points throughout the four weeks. Complete the post-event survey to report your total challenge points.

 

  • Awarded to: The TEAM with the highest average of challenge points at the end of the challenge.
    How to be eligible:  Join the challenge as part of a team. Keep track of your challenge points throughout the four weeks. Team leader will complete the post-event survey to report the total challenge points for the team. Up to 30 pairs of Ear Buds will be awarded to the winning team, according to how many participants they registered for their team.

 

  • Participants who share their Virtual Walking Challenge experience on Facebook or Twitter will be entered into a lottery to win a pair of Ear Buds. TWO WINNERS will be selected.
    How to be eligible: Sign up to participate in the event either as an individual or as part of a team. Share your Virtual Walking Challenge experience on Facebook or Twitter. Posts need to include #WalkWithFF2021 and tag Faithful Families (Facebook: @FaithfulFamiliesThrivingCommunities; Twitter: @FFThriving).

 

  • Participants who share their Virtual Walking Challenge experience in our private Facebook group will be entered into a lottery to win a pair of Ear Buds. ONE WINNER will be selected.
    How to be eligible: Sign up to participate in the event either as an individual or as part of a team. Post on our private Facebook page for the challenge (either post your own post OR respond to someone else’s post). Basically if you participate in the private Facebook group, you are entered to win! (See the Overview page for more information about how to join the private Facebook group – Faithful Families Walking Challenge 2021).

 

  • Participants who share a success story about the ways they’ve made a connection (drawing on the challenge themes or connection points they’ve earned) during the Virtual Walking Challenge experience will be entered into a lottery to win a  pair of Ear Buds. TWO WINNERS will be selected.
    How to be eligible: Sign up to participate in the event either as an individual or as part of a team. Submit a success story about your connections during the Virtual Walking Challenge experience. Submissions must include at least one picture.

The post-event survey will be available at the end of the four-week challenge. NOTE: Faithful Families staff are NOT eligible to win ear buds. 

Submit the survey by August 15th to be eligible for prizes.

Winners will be notified by September 1.