Game Day workers 'stepped' up their game with 10K Step Challenge

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The 2018 football season is in the books, and the Irish finished 12-0.

Six of those games took place at home, and thanks to Notre Dame staff who worked Game Days, the Irish had winning performances off the field too.

This season, Game Day Operations and the Office of Human Resources challenged all employees (part and full-time) working the home game Saturdays to sign up for the Game Day 10K Steps Challenge. Employees then tracked the number of steps they took on each home game Saturday this fall.

The two goals of the challenge were to encourage staff members to reach 10,000 steps (5 miles) each home game Saturday and to recognize the hard work and dedication of the many campus groups that make Game Days happen at Notre Dame. The results are in and the stats are impressive.

By the Numbers:

  • 209 people participated (representing more than 70 departments on campus), averaging 12,332 steps, or six miles, per game

  • 135 people met the goal of 10,000 steps for each of the six home games

  • Participants totaled 15,464,115 steps, or 7,732 miles, for the season (That's the equivalent of walking to Dublin, Ireland and back for the game in 2020!)

Top 3 Individual Winners:

  • Jeff Elowsky, Building Services  
    232,189 steps or 120 miles for the season (38,698 steps or 19 miles per game)
  • Sean Boudreau, Special Events and Stewardship   
    216,069 steps or 108 miles for the season (36,012 steps or 18 miles per game)
  • Sonia Howell, Digital Learning                              
    194,424 steps or 97 miles for the season (32,404 steps or 16 miles per game)

Department Winners:

  • Campus Services                                                       
    141,888 steps per person or 71 miles for the season (23,648 steps or 12 miles per game)
  • Auxiliary Operations                                                 
    79,626 steps per person or 40 miles for the season (13,271 steps or 7 miles per game)

Prizes included a personal training package at Smith Center for Recreational Sports, golf for two at Warren Golf Course, a one-night stay at the Morris Inn, dinner for two at Legends, Game Day Chase 5K Registration for 2019, two pregame field passes for a 2019 ND Football home game, a Fitbit Versa and the grand prize: a stadium tour and photo on the field for the winner and up to 15 guests. The winning department will have a team celebration at Notre Dame Stadium.

Game Day Operations and the Office of Human Resources thanks those who participated in this year's challenge. Information about the 2019 Game Day 10K Steps Challenge will come out late next summer.