Maynooth University has registered to take part in the Marchathon Step Challenge from Wednesday 1st March to Friday 31st March
Create or join a team with your colleagues and compete against others in the university and across the country to place on the leaderboard.
Last year, there were 10 teams with 50 staff members signed up and ready to get #walking!
How to take part
1. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
2. Team Captain: choose a team name and set your team up on the Active Travel Logger
3. Team Members: sign up online at www.activetravellogger.ie and join a Team
For help getting started, please read the Marchathon Participant Guide and view the step-by-step Active Travel Logger video tutorials on www.stepchallenge.ie.
Staff/students sign-up here
Who will make it to the top of the Maynooth University leaderboard in this year’s #Marchathon Step Challenge? Will Worst Pace Scenario be the returning champions?
Prizes for best team will include: lunch vouchers, bird next boxes, seeds and many more...
Tips and resources to help plan a walking route by NTA
Discovering new walking routes in your local area or perhaps to travel on your route to work or campus can be quite adventurous and help encourage you to walk more throughout your day.
When planning your walking we recommend carrying out some research beforehand to ensure you get the best walking route and experience possible. This will go a long way to ensure walking can be a sustainable mode of transport and enjoyable form of exercise in your daily routine.
We recommend looking into the following:
Can you create an interesting walking route around your local area by finding linked pathways or passages between housing estates, local parks, and main roads?
Does your local park or sports ground have a walking route or network of paths that can be incorporated into your walking route?
Do you live near any roads or laneways that are quiet from traffic and are safe to walk on?
Ask people from your local community about their walking routes and perhaps they can share their experience and provide some great local tips.
For help in choosing the shortest route from A to B covering most built-up areas, you can use the TFI Journey Planner brought to you by Transport for Ireland.
Slí na Sláinte Walking Routes: There are over 250 Slí na Sláinte walking routes around the country, all waymarked and great for getting out for a sociable walk and talk with family and friends. For more information visit Irish Heart Foundation – Slí na Sláinte Routes.
National Looped Walks and Forest Trails: There are over 175 National Looped Walks developed throughout Ireland, ranging from short strolls to longer walks. There are also over 250 forest walks developed in forest sites around the country. For more details visit getirelandwalking.ie, coillte.ie and irishtrails.ie
For more tools and tips for getting started, looking after your health and keeping safe while walking, you can visit Irish Heart Foundation, Ireland Active, Get Ireland Walking and Road Safety Authority.