The Step One Challenge

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Forming teams of 3-6 people, the Step One Challenge encourages participants to exercise together, hold each other accountable, and work together on your fitness journey.  

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The Step One Challenge, Cleveland County's only free walking contest,  encourages the citizens of Cleveland County to get out there and move.  Aiming for 10k steps a day!

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The Step One 5K is a second part of the challenge.  Independent of the 6 week walking contest, the Step One 5K is open to anyone that wants to participate.  The 5K was created to further encourage people to be active and to take control of their health.  We keep the price low so price is less of a barrier to participation.  

We want people to get healthy and that includes you!

Welcome to the Step One Challenge, Cleveland County's only FREE 6 week walking challenge.  The Step One Challenge has existed for 9 years, attracting over 10,000 participants.  The contest is open to all Cleveland County residents.  

Results From 3rd Annual Step One 5K

Overall Results

Overall Results by Age Groups


Step One Challenge 9th annual walking contest brought about 535 walkers to the challenge to try and reach 100,000 steps a day.  Together we walked over 137,148,479 steps which convert to 68,575 miles.

Top Teams
Top Team - Council on Aging Staff 2 overall average of 652,285 steps
2nd - Kings of Kendrion overall average of 595,437 steps
3rd - Cornerstone Crazies! overall average of 557,207 steps
Top Individuals
Top Individual - Royce Hoeg of Kings of Kendrion 1,240,439 steps
2nd - Joan Williams of One More Time Around,
1,133, 884 steps
3rd - Amy Edelstein of Sole Sisters, 989,036 steps

Winners may pick up their prize gift card at the Cleveland County Health Department Annex - ask for health educator.