"On the Road Again!"
The Goal -- 110,000 miles in 7 Weeks
There were 732 people who signed up for Walk the Walk 2023 by the time the first day of walking came about -- July 30. The theme this year: On the Road Again!"
Registration: Easier than ever using a simple Google Form. Someone could sign up on September 15th (the day before the end of the seven week walk) and retroactively report their miles! Calumet -- as with every program -- wants to make it as easy as possible for as many as possible to participate at any point that person wants to participate.
Walk, Run, Hike, Bike, Swim: Most participants walk each year, but many choose to bike, or run, or swim, or hike -- or all of the above. It doesn't matter *how* those miles are snagged. It just matters *THAT* those miles get snagged -- and reported.
Reporting: The miles get reported periodically throughout the experience. In 2023, the walking event happened over a seven week period.
2023 Hiccup: By the time the event finished up (on September 16), the final count was that about 750 people had registered. The mileage goal of 110,000 came about in this way. In past years, Calumet has been able to determine that -- in rough numbers -- the average participant does 21 miles per week. 750 (registrants) times 21 (miles) times 7 (weeks) = a bit over 110,000. The hiccup this year is that there were over 100 registrants who signed up -- but, for whatever reason, did not take the steps to report their miles at any point.
The Calumet leadership team -- mindful that Angel Donors had pledged $24,000+ to Calumet if the 110,000 goal was reached -- wanted to figure out how to involve the non-reporters. It was determined to be reasonable that the average mileage per person from past years could be assumed for this year, too, especially considering that the participants actually reporting -- representing the overwhelming majority of registrants -- were reporting 2023 totals that were a bit higher than the previous years' averages.
Funds Raised for 2023: Walk the Walk raised nearly $50,000 for Calumet! How cool is that!
Calumet has a special Walk the Walk Facebook page which participants all over the place are invited to join. Throughout the summer, there will be daily devotions, fun contests, photo sharing, and more. This Facebook group has been a fantastic way for people to get to know one another. We have a specific group of people led by Pat Mahoney with the job of managing the page and encouraging awesome connections -- a la Calumet Nation!