On Halloween, the Albion College community received a treat as Tom Johnson, professor of physical education, announced that they had surpassed the 100-million step goal for the month of October.
According to Johnson, who announced the accomplishment during halftime of the Albion-Trine football game, Albion totaled 100,944,461 steps during October, surpassing the original goal by almost 1 million steps.
“I am very pleased with the results,” said Donna Randall, Albion College president. “I knew that we would reach the goal as the Albion College community responds very well to challenges. What I am surprised about is that we greatly exceeded the goal.”
Amanda Weaver, Marshall first first-year, who helped coordinate the month-long Albion: Always Walking campaign, was not as confident as Randall during the first few days of the challenge.
“After the first weekend, I have to admit that I was a bit concerned about reaching our goal, but the campus community really stepped up to the challenge,” Weaver said. “We really hope that we achieved our goal of making people more aware of their health and things they can do to stay healthy and active.”
The Albion: Always Walking campaign was launched to coincide with October being National Walking Month. According to Weaver, there is already talk about developing a similar campaign for next year, but the details have yet to be decided.