UI Stride

Welcome to UI Stride!

Ready to get moving toward better health and well-being?

UI Stride is designed for University of Illinois System Office departments and units to help employees get active and healthy. This self-paced challenge is a fun, easy way to have friendly competition with other teams. This challenge also helps departments and units to bond and enables employees to meet one another and create an inclusive and active community.

Spring 2021 Well Traveled Challenge

As temperatures get warmer and days grow longer, UI Stride Well Traveled will take you on a tour of the United States while you log your physical activity and complete two additional daily wellness activities - a two-minute timeout twice per day and a dollar stretching activity. For this all new fitness campaign we have partnered with Health Enhancement Systems (HES) to bring you an enhanced challenge experience, similar to the Fall 2020 Walktober experience.

Features include:

  • Fitness tracker syncing
  • Mobile app
  • Daily emails, tips, healthy recipes, and other resources
  • Fun social elements though the buddies feature and teams
  • Interactive message board
  • Participate as an individual or as part of a team

Important UI Stride Well Traveled dates:

  • Monday, March 22: Registration opens
  • Monday, April 5: Begin logging physical activity, 2-minute timeout, and dollar stretching activities
  • Monday, April 12: Last day to register and form a team of up to 10 people
  • Sunday, June 27: Last day of UI Stride Well Traveled. You have until Wednesday, June 30 to log all activity.


Fall 2020 Walktober Challenge

Four hundred eighteen participants logged 191,293,116 steps over the 8 week Walktober challenge.

Fall 2020 Winners

Jody Groff (AITS) claimed the top spot for the individual with the most steps at 1,485,370 total steps! 

Team UIC UPB came out on top with the highest average steps per person (after removing household members' steps) with an average of 727,903 steps!

UIC UPB team:
Laura Barnett
Lawrence Hanyzewski
Kassaundra Hester
Rosetta Houston
Andrea Lasticly
Jianbai Lee
Tiffany Montgomery
Don Smith
Darvel Stone
Sherri Volious

Honorable mention goes to the top 10 individuals and the second and third place teams:
Brenda Hixson (BSS) - 1,360,026 steps
Ali Mirza (IGPA) - 1,304,863 steps
Samantha Bean (household member) - 1,268,976 steps
Karena LaPlace (UIUC UPB) - 1,148,340 steps
Maureen Sorensen (University Audits) - 1,111,808 steps
Nathan Wilds (Planning & Budgeting) - 1,111,354 steps
Mary Mahaffey (BSS) - 1,082,132 steps
Dave Stone (AITS) - 1,079,193 steps
Karen Greenwalt (OVP/CFO ) - 1,058,301 steps
BSS Happy Feet with 705,933 average steps per team member.
AITS ODA with 654,462 average steps per team member.

We would also like to give a special shoutout to Andrea Lasticly (UIC UPB) as the Top Motivator
for being the participant with the most posts on the Walktober Wall!

About the inaugural 2019 UI Stride...

In this six-week challenge, your UI Stride goal was to achieve 859,500 steps as a team by recording your steps and activity levels. The goal of 859,500 steps came from the approximate amount of steps it would take to walk directly from the University of Illinois Chicago to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to the University of Illinois Springfield and back to the University of Illinois Chicago! All participants in UI Stride received a t-shirt with the UI Stride logo.

2019 Winners

1st Place ~ OTM Chicago
2nd Place ~ Office of University Audits
3rd Place ~ Alumni Alliance

Way to go UI Striders! We would like to thank everyone who participated. While this challenge was organized as a friendly competition, the goal was to inspire each of us to engage in more activity. We hope the challenge has succeeded and you will continue to stay active!