The Kerry Step Challenge

A six-week step challenge that allows you to virtually explore routes and iconic landmarks in Kerry 

Overview

 

The national In This Together campaign was launched by an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to promote activity, mental wellbeing and staying connected as the population deals with the impact of COVID-19. The Kerry Step Challenge is one of the Kerry County Council initiatives launched under this campaign which is designed to promote and support wellbeing in the county. 

Supported by the Healthy Ireland Fund, the Kerry Step Challenge is a six-week event designed to promote and support the people living in the county to stay active, connected and apply the Five Ways to Wellbeing.  It involves virtually completing routes in the county by accumulating daily steps.  The Healthy Ireland Fund is supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

As national COVID-19 movement restrictions are in place, participants do not visit the routes to complete the challenge.  Instead, participants accumulate an equivalent number of steps that would be taken to complete each route.  

A total of six routes in Kerry of varying distances and step counts are included in the challenge. 

Name

Distance

Total steps

Location within Municipal District (MD)

The Bray Head Loop

7km

9,186

Kenmare MD

Glanageenty Forest Loops

9km

11,811

Tralee MD

Muckross Lake Loop

19.5km

25,592

Killarney MD

The North Kerry Way

48km

62,992

Listowel MD

The Kerry Butter Road

83.4km

109,448

Castleisland / Chorca Dhuibhne MD

The Ring of Kerry

179km

234,908

Kenmare & Killarney MDs

Participants can select to complete the required step count of as many of these routes as they wish over the duration of the event individually or as part of a team.

All types of movement (e.g. walking, pushing, climbing the stairs, actively playing, dancing) will count towards virtually completing the selected routes.  Steps can be accumulated at home and surrounding area permitted by government guidelines.

 

For details on how to participate in the challenge, click here.

Healthy Kerry will host the six-week step challenge from Monday 1st June 2020 until 13th July 2020.  To take part, email kerrystepchallenge@kerrycoco.ie

1. Participant(s) name(s)

2. How you will record your steps

3. The route(s) you will virtually walk during the challenge

4. The first route you will complete

To receive a certificate of completion and entered into a raffle to win wellbeing items, email kerrystepchallenge@kerrycoco.ie

1. Participant(s) name(s)

2. The date(s) each route was completed

3. Postal address (Limited to Kerry addresses only) 

Closing date: 30th July 2020