Fall weather doesn’t mean that you have to stop exercising outside! Starting a walking program for the fall season, or as we like to call it at Pedometers USA – Walktoberfest – is a great way to get your community active and outside during the gorgeous autumn weather! We will show you how to get a Walktoberfest going in your community so that everyone gets outside, gets some fresh air, and exercises their ticker!

Step 1 – Organize a committee of leaders to help plan the event: When you’re organizing your walking program, it’s a great idea to set up a committee beforehand. Gather some of your closest friends, family members, and other community members rallied around you to help plan. Delegating tasks when planning an event will happen much more smoothly than if it was just one person trying to get it done by themselves.

Step 2 – Find a location and a safe trail for the walking program to take place: For your Walktoberfest event, you’re going to want to find a local park or trail that the event can take place at. Start by looking to see where people walk in your community, as well as where other walking programs have taken place. You’re going to want a trail that’s even, safe, and not too out of place so that any community members that want to take place in it can.

Step 3 – Book the park/walking trail for that day: When you decide on a location for your walking program to take place, book the event for a day with no other conflicts going on in the venue. Make sure that you talk to the Parks and Recreation department in your town to book the park or walking trail for that date.

Step 4 – Get sponsors for the event: Looking to make it a charity walk or run? You’ll need some community sponsors to help during your Walktoberfest. Whether you’re looking for donations to cover fees of renting the park, or donations to help the charities you have in mind, community sponsors can help make your walking program a success.

Step 5 – Do an actual walk or the trail or park: Making sure that the trail is safe for your walking program is essential to pulling off the event. Do a dry run of the walk on the actual trail itself and see if it is ready to go for the big day.

Step 6 – Spread the word: Promote the event wherever you can across the community. Flyers, social media, ads in the paper, and word of mouth all work as effective forms of promotion. You want people to come to your walking program, so spreading the details about the event is essential in pulling it off!