Over the past 65 days, members of the Canadian travel industry from coast to coast were busy racking up steps to take part in Visit Utah’s Walker Tracker challenge. The journey began in Salt Lake City and finished in St. George, Utah with 25 state milestones passed along the way using the Walker Tracker app.
In total, 823 participants from two of Utah’s key international markets — Canada and Australia/New Zealand — took part in the challenge, taking more than 320 million steps between Oct. 15 and Dec. 18.
This was a completion challenge and not a race to walk 390,000 steps across Utah. Following a random draw of all completing participants, the winners of the Canadian Challenge Utah Grand Prize FAM Package Sponsored by Air Canada are:
- Valerie Bedard from Voyages A in Quebec, Quebec
- Marie Andree Gaudreau from Authentik USA in Montreal, Quebec
- Nicole Delbert from AMA Travel in Red Deer, Alberta
- Lisa Kaldane from Write the World in Kelowna, British Columbia
Winners will travel on a small group familiarization program in 2021 taking in many Utah milestones once it is safe to do so and borders reopen. Prize terms and conditions were listed here: https://visitutah.walkertracker.com/info throughout the challenge.
Canada challenges by the numbers:
156 participants in 49 teams completed 66.3 million steps in the Canada Team Challenge. This was equivalent to 2.9 million calories burned and 1.3 trips around the earth.
The top teams were:
1st Place – @Anjuna with 1.18M steps
2nd Place – @BaxterMedia with 755K steps
3rd Place – @HolyWalkamolies with 754K steps
Baxter Media was proud to claim second place, with David McClung, Ann Ruppenstein, Emily McClung and Sanja Sekaric keeping each other motivated to achieve and exceed the daily goal of 6,000 steps every day of the challenge.
Meanwhile, in the Canada Individual Challenge, 332 participants completed 117 million steps. This was equivalent to 5.2 million calories burned and 2.4 trips around the earth.
The top steppers were:
1st Place – @worlock with 2.16M steps
2nd Place – @PoorUnfortunateSoles with 1.97M steps
3rd Place – @nhulsman with 1.499M steps
Honourable mentions go out to Baxter’s own David McClung, who came in eighth place overall with 1,155M steps.