WALKtober Walk to School Challenge

October 24-28, 2016

October is National Walking Month, a month of celebrating fun on foot!  Walking to school during the week of Oct. 24-28* is a great way for elementary and middle schools in the region to participate in this nation-wide celebration.

* Sunnyside (SUSD) schools are offered an alternate week (October 17-21, 2016) to avoid conflict with conferences during the regularly-scheduled WALKtober Walk to School Challenge week.  This option is available during registration (form below).

Features of the WALKtober Walk to School Challenge:

  • Easy registration. Any school wishing to participate in the Walktober event simply completes an online form (see below).   WALKtober registration closed on September 12, 2016.  
  • Promotion.  Posters and parent flyers will be provided to participating schools to promote the event.  Schools can make announcements to encourage walking/biking, and the WALKtober Challenge can easily be combined with other wellness activities.  This can be a week to highlight health!
  • Include all students. Set up a meeting place for group walks and/or an on-campus route.  Students who are normally driven or bused can participate as well.
  • Fun.  Be creative to keep kids moving.  Make each day different with themes, scavenger hunts, etc.  Collect and share stories and photos!
  • Track walking trips. Use punch cards (also provided to registered participants) to track student walking.  Collect cards at the end of the week and use them to distribute…
  • Prizes!  Stickers and small prizes will be made available to each participating school.  The schools with the most walk-to-school participation will also be entered to win a new bicycle, scooter or other grand prize to award to one lucky student!


Event Details

Date and Time:
Oct 24, 2016 to Oct 28, 2016


WALKtober Promotional Materials

Poster (English, Español)


Punch Cards

WALKtober Planning Materials

Map of 2016 WALKtober Schools

Steps for Organizing WALKtober

Activity Tool Box

Active Autumn Planner (Healthy Pima Schools)


“Active Kids Learn Better” Infographic (EnglishEspañol)

“SRTS Programs Work” Infographic (EnglishEspañol)