Employee Wellness

Join the virtual Pacific Crest Trail Challenge

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Physical Fitness Month: Staff can join Trail Challenge

If you like a challenge, create new habits by participating in a Virtual Physical Wellness Month Trail Challenge.

Did you know the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is 2,689 miles with 6,100,537 steps?  For the month of April, accept this virtual challenge and see how far you can hike along the PCT.

How the challenge works

Go to the Walking4fun website to begin your challenge. CDCR work devices can access the website. Walking4fun is a free health and fitness program where you can virtually hike some of the amazing trails across the nation.

(Visit the Walking4fun website.)

  • Once you click the Walking4fun link, become familiar with the info and create an account. 
  • Once your account is created, send your member number and account e-mail to OPEC-Press@cdcr.ca.gov.
  • You will then be added to the “CDCR PCT Challenge” group.
  • To view our group, select “Friends” in the menu.
  • Click on the “Group” drop down and select “CDCR PCT Challenge.” Also, make sure the “Trail” drop down is “Pacific Crest Trail.”
  • You are now ready for the Pacific Crest Trail Challenge that begins April 1.
  • Now you can customize your setting, i.e., height, weight, as well as customize your preferences. For example: the distance’s default setting is “steps,” you may want to change “steps” to “miles.”

Once you join the group, you can compete against other participating CDCR employees. More importantly, it’s a personal challenge designed to help you set and achieve your own goals.

The website outlines each section of the hike. The first section begins at the California/Mexico border and travels north to Lake Morena, which is 21 miles or 47,634 steps.

The website will track your steps and let you know where you are at along the trail. Please note: Walking4Fun only connects to Garmin and Fitbit devices. All other step tracker devices will need to have information inputted manually into the website.

More than walking?

  • If you are a runner, cyclist, rower, etc., every 10 minutes of exercise equals one mile.
  • If you participate in yoga, weights, karate or similar activities, you will accumulate three miles per hour. 

Good luck, and we hope you accept the challenge!

Story by Todd Javernick, Public Information Officer
Office of Public and Employee Communications

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