Miles for Wellness Challenge 23

Miles for Wellness Challenge 23: Traversing the Southern Capitols of the United States runs from March 15 - May 9, 2021 and encourages state employees to stay active and connect online with teammates while completing a virtual trek to 16 different state capitols. Each location is rich in both history and contemporary stories, and features beautiful and unique architecture.

The Challenge 23 virtual trail begins at the North Carolina State Capitol and travels across the southern United States before finishing up back home in North Carolina at the State Legislative Building. Along the way, participants can make virtual stops in locations from Virginia to Arizona, all while promoting a healthy lifestyle and interacting with others.

Registration for teams runs from Feb. 15 - March 11.

Individuals without a team may register beginning on March 1, and will be added to exisiting teams.

Get your shoes laced up and ready, Miles for Wellness Challenge 23 is here!

Register for Challenge 23

FAQs and Information for Captains

Challenge 23 FAQs

Challenge 23 FAQs

My agency/department doesn’t have a team. Can I still participate?

Yes. Click on the registration link and click "need a team" at the top of the form to find a team to join. Contact a captain listed there and you'll be on your way.

My team doesn’t have 10 members. Can we still participate?

Yes, you may compete with less than 10 members. Team captains also have the option to recruit other state employees/retirees to fill out their 10-person roster. Just check "yes” on your team registration form and your team will be added to the list of available teams interested in taking additional participants.

Can a team have more than 10 members?

No. If you have more than 10 participants you must start another team with a different team name, or additional members may join another team. If you create a second team, it will need to be registered separately. During registration for the second team, you can check the box that allows you to accept participants from other locations, if additional team members are needed or desired.

Can two or more teams have the same name?

No. If teams register under the same name, the captain's last name will be added to the team name.

Can I be a team captain but not a participant on that team?

Yes. Although most team captains are participants, it is not a requirement. This would allow a person to captain more than one team, if desired.

Can team members work in different agencies/departments?

Yes. Miles for Wellness is a statewide program. Employees of different agencies or different locations/cities are eligible and welcome to be on a team together.

When are walking divisions determined?

Walking divisions are determined throughout the challenge. This allows teams to compete only against like-performing teams throughout the challenge. This means a team's division may change throughout the challenge based upon their weekly step averages.

How are the divisions determined?

Walking divisions are determined by the number of steps (and other physical activity) per team throughout the challenge. This allows teams to compete only against like-performing teams throughout the challenge. A team's division may change based upon their weekly step averages.

  • Tortoise – Average of up to 56,000 steps per week, per member
  • Hare – Average of between 56,001 – 70,000 steps per week, per member
  • Super Hare - Average of between 70,001 – 105,000 steps per week, per member
  • Bionic Hare – Average of 105,001 and up steps per week, per member

If my team is smaller, how are divisions calculated in order to keep it fair?

The average number of steps per team member per week is used in that determination. That way teams of the same level are matched together to enhance fairness.

What do teams get for winning their divisions?

Teams are awarded a trophy, while participants earn a  certificate of accomplishment. Teams are also recognized on the OSHR website with a summary of the team's steps and a team photo. The high stepper on each team also receives a special certificate.

Can retirees participate?

Yes, retirees can be on a team of current state employees.

Can temporary/contract employees participate?

Yes, they are allowed to participate.

Can family members participate?

Family members cannot be on a team unless they are employees, retirees, or temporary/contract employees of state government.

How do I enter information in the Captain's Spreadsheet?

Go to the Team Roster tab on the Captain's Spreadsheet to enter your team information. The information will autofill onto the Captain's Tracking sheet. The only thing you can directly enter onto the Captain's Spreadsheet (Tracking Tab) are the step totals of your team members.

Can I make changes to my team roster?

Yes. You can make changes to your roster through Week 2 of the Challenge. Changes only need to be made on the Team Roster tab on your Captain's Spreadsheet. After Week 2, substitutions and additions should not be made.

Will I get an email response when I register my team?

As long as you check the box asking to receive a confirmation email and enter a valid email address, you will receive a response.

Are team members required to wear fitness trackers?

No. Fitness trackers are not required, but they are very helpful in tracking daily activity step totals. If you walk/run a known distance, those steps will not require a tracker (i.e., 2,000 steps = 1 mile). If you do want to purchase a fitness tracker, there are many options available for most budgets, such as phone apps and pedometers. Using the conversion function on the Activity Log for walking is also an option.

What if I forget my fitness tracker or the battery runs down?

It's OK to use the step count of one of your other days that had a similar level of activity.

What types of activities are allowable for conversion?

The conversion function on the Activity Log includes a wide scope of physical activities. Find yours in the drop-down menu or chose an option that is similar.

How do I access the Activity Log to enter my steps or conversions?

Click the appropriate weekly heading on the Participants Weekly Log. Next, click in the yellow box to add steps, or in the first space under Daily Steps to find the drop-down list of activities for conversions. Enter the minutes of the activity and the form will convert that time to steps.

I don’t see my activity listed under the Activity Log drop down.

Use the activity that is most similar to the activity you performed.

How do I determine if an activity is high, medium, or low impact/intensity?

Please refer to the Physical Activity Guidelines for additional information.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions, please email us at milesforwellness@nc.gov. You can also contact Carol Battle at carol.battle@nc.gov.

Information for Team Captains

Information for Team Captains

  1. Register your team(s) between Monday, February 15 and Thursday, March 11, 2021. After registration, captains will receive an electronic reporting link.
     
  2. Captains may only use the Official Miles for Wellness Challenge 23: Traversing the Southern Capitols of the U.S. Captain's Tracking Spreadsheet for registration and reporting of steps for this competition.
     
  3. The Captain's Tracking Spreadsheet contains two pages, with page tabs at the bottom left of the sheet. The first is the team roster page for entering your team data and members' contact information. The second is the captain's tracking page for reporting team step totals.
     
  4. The only way to add team member names to the Captain's Tracking Spreadsheet is through the Team Roster page (red tab). The only data that can be entered onto the Captain's Tracking page (gray tab) are the weekly step totals of your team members.
     
  5. Captains may add or substitute team members on the Team Roster through Week 2 reporting. After that first report is submitted, all teams should remain the same for the duration of the competition.
     
  6. Captains are responsible for collecting and keeping the signed Liability Waiver forms from all team members. Also, at the end of the challenge, captains must gather and keep all Participant Spreadsheets at the time of submission of final step totals. The participant spreadsheets should be kept until the official announcement of winners.
     
  7. Consistently encourage you team members throughout the challenge to participate and record their weekly data.
     
  8. Captains will receive the link to report step totals via an email from Milesforwellness@nc.gov.
     
  9. Team Total Steps must be recorded on or before the dates below (also listed at the bottom of the Captain's Tracking Spreadsheet):
    1. Week 1 - Week 2 are due by Wednesday, March 31
    2. Week 1 - Week 4 are due by Wednesday, April 14
    3. Week 1 - Week 6 are due by Wednesday, April 18
    4. Week 1 - Week 8 are due by Wednesday, May 12
       
  10. FINAL STEPS MUST BE REPORTED BY FRIDAY, MAY 14. Final team step submissions received after the May 14 deadline will not be eligible to win.

  11. Winners will be announced to captains via email on or before Wednesday, May 26.