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Oct 01


Saturday, October 1 - Monday, October 31

Walking in the fall

October is great for walking – temperatures are crisp & the colors are remarkable. Throughout the month of October, SDSU Extension is challenging South Dakotans to soak in the gorgeous colors of our state and make walking a top priority. 

Why Walktober?

Walking is one of the most popular and easiest forms of physical activity. There are no special skills or equipment needed! You can walk indoors or outdoors, and walking can be incorporated into your busy lifestyle. 

Current physical activity guidelines recommend that adults get 150+ minutes of aerobic (walking, biking, swimming, etc.) physical activity and at least 2 days of muscle-strengthening (weight training, resistance training) activity each week. A great way to focus on meeting the aerobic guidelines is by participating in Walktober throughout the month of October!

How Walktober Works

  1. Register online using the blue register button below - participants can register as an individual or as a team (a group of any 2+ people). If you are participating on a team, please have all team members register individually.
  2. Walk, walk, walk! 
  3. Track your walking minutes, miles or both using your favorite walking device, app or journal.
  4. Submit your results on the end of the month participant survey received via e-mail on November 1. We will ask you to report out total minutes or total miles walked. You can report whichever is easier for you to track. 
  5. All survey submissions will be entered for a chance to win a prize to celebrate your success.
  6. Keep walking!

Register for Walktober

Ideas to Get Started

  • Walk on your own
  • Create a family walk night 1 or 2 times a week
  • Start a walking group with co-workers, family or friends 
  • Participate in Walk to School 
  • Organize a community walking club
  • Plan a Walktober community 5K or 1-mile event
  • Explore local walking routes, trails and parks throughout the month 

Additional Ways to Keep Motivated

  • Join Walk With Ease! For additional motivation, walking tips and a structured walking program, participate in our 6-week Walk With Ease Self-Directed program! Additional registration is required.
  • Take the 605K Challenge with AARP. Commit to running, walking, biking, skiing...moving 605 kilometers (approximately 376 miles) this year and AARP SD will make it a little easier with encouraging notes and prizes each quarter.