Activity Announcement: Rec Room Challenge: July 14

We are excited to announce The Amazing Illinois Race Rec Room Challenge on Friday, July 14, 2017. Technology Services has reserved the Illini Union bowling alley and recreation room from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm. We will have access to 14 bowling lanes and 12 pool tables. Free of charge!  All participants of the Amazing Illinois Race are invited to attend. This is all rec room activity inclusive. Essentially, as much bowling and billiards you can handle in an hour. So get your team organized and meet in the basement of the Illini Union for some fun!

FYI. You are only allowed to bring in food that was purchased from Illini Union vendors or the Rec Room snack bar. You are allowed to eat lunch in the Rec Room, but please no bag lunches.

BONUS: 2,000 bonus steps awarded to each participant

Step up to the Rec Room Challenge and test your skills. Come one, come all, and join us for some fun at the Illini Union on July 14th.

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Amazing Illinois Race Scavenger Hunt

For a little fun and to keep you walking during the next few weeks, we announce the Amazing Illinois Race campus scavenger hunt!  There are 9 locations around campus for your team to find and 1 off campus location for your team to select.   While there are no goofy or unique objects you need to acquire during this hunt, you do need to provide evidence you actually made it to the locations by submitting a photo.  *Please note, by submitting your selfie photos you give the Walking Challenge planning team permission to share these on our website or at our final awards event.  As a team, compile all your selfie photos and submit one scan of all completed locations to Scavenger hunt submission or to room 349 Education.  We just need to be able to tell which location you are visiting so be sure to include a sign or something identifying about the location.

What’s the benefit in participating?  Your team earns 1000 extra steps for each clue.  If your team completes all 10, your team is awarded an additional 1,000 steps for a total of 11,000 earned!  Your team can complete the hunt in whatever way works – do it together, divide it up by team members or make your team over-achiever do it all. All submissions must be received by 4pm on Monday, July 10th .

Here are your locations to find:

  1. John Milton Gregory’s grave
  2. Alice Campbell Alumni Center
  3. Lincoln Hall
  4. The Eternal Flame sculpture
  5. Campus Recreation Center East
  6. Aboretum/Japan House
  7. Bronze Eagle Eating a Hare sculpture
  8. A bike repair station
  9. An Emergency phone location
  10. Off campus location where you spent Independence Day

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Spear Throwing Challenge: June 9

Fantastic time! Most of us may starve if we had to rely on this method for food. Except for one sharp shooter in particular from FAA!

Thanks ISAS and PRI!!!

The Prairie Research Institute is hosting our team challenge this Friday, June 9th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Walk on over to the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, corner of Oak Street and Stadium Drive (one block west of 1st Street) for a lunch-time challenge. Learn how Native Americans used an atlatl to throw spears a greater distance and try using an atlatl to hit a target. Free poster if you get close! Other information about Illinois archaeology will also be featured. The event will run from Noon-1:30pm, but will be rescheduled in the event of rain. Come on- what can be more motivational than spear throwing over your lunch hour?! Not to mention you get an additional 2,000 bonus steps just for attending!

Ready, Set, Go!

It all starts today! Start counting your steps. We will let you know how to record your weekly steps very soon. Remember, you can convert general exercise to steps, or even every day activity like mowing the grass. Here is a link to the step converter page.

Some additional resource pages you may be interested in:

Campus Wellbeing Services – There is a ton of information on how to build a culture of wellness into the workplace, as well as videos, events, and much more. Check it out!

iWalk Toolkit – From the Wellness Center website, but I think we should highlight it here. The iWalk Toolkit is a whole host of resources to help you build walking into everyday life. It also has interesting walk routes you can take on campus. Perhaps you can do this as a team activity.

Map your walk – Walking around town or in the neighborhood? This website will tell you how far in miles you walked.

Registration Deadline: May 26th

The registration deadline is coming up quick. May 26th is the last day to register for the 2017 Amazing Illinois Race.  Now is the time to sign up if you haven’t yet. If you have already registered, please encourage your colleagues do likewise.

Don’t miss out on the fun this summer!

Business, Education, FAA, PRI, and Tech Services register here

Applied Health Sciences register here

Graduate College register here

The 2017 Amazing Illinois Race

Welcome to the 2017 Amazing Illinois Race! Over the course of 7 weeks we will attempt to walk around the world on our version of the Amazing Race. It’s not a literal walk around the world obviously, we will be counting our steps.

Last year the Colleges of Education, Business, and Fine and Applied Arts teamed together on this very same trek and collectively 212 people walked the equivalent of over 114 million steps, approximately 1 1/2 times around the Earth! We are pleased to announce that Technology Services and the Prairie Research Institute will also be joining the adventure this summer. Welcome!

Teams of six will be formed to make the trip around the world together. Along the way we will have a series of events to enhance your trip to wellness this summer, such as a scavenger hunt, health and wellness workshops, and other college-wide activity challenges. (psst, bonus steps will be awarded to those who participate in these extras)

Please note that you do NOT have to be on campus to participate in this initiative; you can be away and still record your steps. You can count other activities through the use of the conversion chart which will convert your activity into steps.

We invite and encourage you to register today. Please click here to sign up. The 2017 Amazing Illinois Race will officially begin June 5 and conclude July 23. The committee will form teams the last week of May, so please register prior to the start date to participate, however you can join at any time.

Two years ago, Art + Design Professor, Stephen Cartwright, designed a traveling trophy that will go to the college with the most steps per capita for the duration of the trip (this adjusts for different size colleges). Bragging rights are at stake on multiple fronts!

This is a great way to get to meet new colleagues and represent your college in a fun and healthy way. We hope you will join us this summer.