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Monday, September 26, 2022
Registration opens for 2022 NOTL Step Challenge
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Step right up, folks.

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s 2022 Step Challenge hits the ground … walking … on Monday, June 6, and participants can register online now.

The fitness and fun competition is open to anyone who lives or works in Niagara-on-the-Lake – and last year 178 people, including couples, families and co-workers, took part.

The Town of NOTL, which organizes the Step Challenge, anticipates even more people will participate this June.

Last year the town initially set a goal of 20 million total steps for participants but walkers hit 25 million steps by about the halfway point. So, the goal was doubled to 40 million – and steppers managed to log a phenomenal 50,232,770 paces.

“The Step Challenge is one of my favourite events the town hosts,” Lord Mayor Betty Disero said in the official announcement of the 2022 version.

“We have seen such great participation each year and I hope to see Niagara-on-the-Lake steppers out again, enjoying the weather and getting their steps in on the town’s beautiful trails and paths.”

Registration closes on Sunday, June 5, and the challenge officially ends on June 30.

Results and participation are tracked via the MoveSpring app. In 2021, many participants connected on the app to share stories of different ways the Step Challenge helped to engage and connect the community and promote healthy lifestyles.

With the upcoming Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, there is a new feature called a Group Virtual Race challenge which invites participants to navigate through a virtual themed map based on a total distance goal.

The Group Virtual Race allows participants to move through the map and unlock fun milestones along the way with details and information about the Summer Games, the town said in a news release.

“The Step Challenge always comes at the perfect time as a way to kickstart summer in a healthy and active manner,” said chief administrator Marnie Cluckie.

“Last year, we noticed how much this challenge helped participants get outside and engage in some friendly competition amid the pandemic,” she said, adding it is hoped that will continue.

The town is seeking partnerships with area businesses and organizations to promote and sponsor the challenge. Those wishing to donate prizes such as gift cards, goodies or swag can email stepchallenge@notl.com.

Prizes will be awarded weekly and upon completion of the challenge. Details of prize categories are available at notl.com.