Walktober Challenge 2020
What is Walktober?
Walktober is a fun, free and team building annual event to encourage you to take more daily steps and increase your activity levels. It is open to all staff and students of partners of the Smarter Travel Workplace and Campus Programmes.
How does Walktober 2020 work?
The aim of the challenge is to encourage and support staff and students to walk more, particularly on the commute, and to support and facilitate long term physical activity. Participants are asked to form a team, register online, and use an activity tracker/download a step counting app, and get walking from Monday, 5th October to Sunday, 1st November 2020.
How to take part
1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
2. Sign up online www.activetravellogger.ie
3. Participants can download an app, buy a pedometer, step counter, or other step tracking device.
4. During the Challenge: participants are asked to log steps online at www.activetravellogger.ie
5. From the 5th October to 1st November get walking where possible while aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge.
6. Have fun and get competitive!
Note: During the challenge we use an honesty based system, but spot checks on the accuracy of step entries will be done throughout. Teams who receive an email or phone call to verify their steps are asked to please respond as soon as possible so that delays to the publication of the leader board are avoided.
Sports Centre Website: https://www.tcd.ie/Sport/social/challenges/
Monday the 20th of July to Sunday the 9th of August
What is CycleLocal?
CycleLocal is a fun three-week cycling event designed to engage staff, build morale and increase activity.
This is a team event where participants complete the trips on their own but share their experience with workmates and contribute to their team’s tally. Short cycles outdoor and indoor count as trips. Staff who are not signed up are also welcome to join in and enter the weekly Creative Competitions. Every participant, cyclist or competition entrant plays their part in helping their organisation to win the overall prize.
So, whether we get out on our bikes to explore our neighbourhoods, enter competitions or we take to the stationary bike when the children have gone to sleep; we can stay active, enjoy the activity of cycling and remain connected to our colleagues.
How do I participate?
Visit the Active Travel Logger website to register your team and to invite your colleagues and friends.
During the three weeks of CycleLocal, each cyclist will log the number of trips they complete each week.
Once a participant has been cycling for at least 10 minutes that qualifies as a trip. If you do a few loops of your estate over 30 minutes, that still counts as one trip.
Trips made should adhere to the government guidelines i.e. all trips should be within the government’s distance guidelines and at least 2 metres should be kept between cyclists and other road users at all times.
Teams will be eligible to win prizes each week once the team trip average meets or exceeds the modest trip targets (3 trips in week one, 4 trips in week two and 5 trips in week three). All trips count, once they take place between the morning of July 20th and midnight on August 9th.
Individuals who reach the target contribute to the organisations tally, as do all staff and their households who enter into the CycleLocal Creative Competitions. Ranking on the leaderboard is based on the number from your organisation who –
a. Take part in the weekly creative competitions
b. Cycle and achieve the weekly team targets
By ranking at the top of the leaderboard your organisation can win a memento for participants, a Best Organisation trophy and a €400 donation to the charity of your choice.
Find more information in the CycleLocal Team Guide
Benefits of cycling
Find more information here.
Swim for a Mile 2020 - Starting Monday 27th January
Get planning for 2020 and start your year right, with the Swim For a Mile (SFAM) Challenge! We are all heading into the festive season and we should enjoy it with the comfort of knowing, that there is a 12-week training programme waiting for us in the New Year!
How it works
- Swim for a mile login or Signup: Creating an account is free or you can login to your existing account.
- Access Training: Login and access your free training programme which will be released in January 2020.
- Select & Pay: Select your venue, date & time slot for the timed event and pay to secure your booking-Once you have created your SFAM account, you can book your 2020 event and avail of our early bird December rate of €25 – simply enter the coupon: earlybird on check out for the €5 discount. (Registration Fee is for Swim Ireland and is separate to Trinity Sport)
- Swim your Mile: Prepare for your challenge properly with limited free coaching clinics via Swim Ireland or Sign up to Trinity Sports Coached sessions (Times and prices below).
Coached Training Times (FULLY BOOKED)
Cost for coached sessions
€50- Students and Trinity Sport Members
€80- Non members
- All coached sessions must be pre booked which include 2 sessions per week.
- Proof of registration is needed to sign up for coached sessions.
3 month membership available for non-members
Do you want to use Trinity Pool but on your own time? Sign up for a 3 month membership at the Special Rate of €150 for Swim for a Mile participants.
Registration & Training programme: https://www.swimforamile.com/signup
Swim for a Mile Final Event Date:
Student Swim for a Mile: CancelledMain Swim for a Mile: Thursday 7th May 2020 10am-7pm
If you need additional help with your training Coaching swimming sessions can be arranged. Contact email@example.com for more information.
It’s Trinity Operation Transformation time again. This year, we’ll have our usual free and discounted exercise classes, private support for groups to exercise, weekly motivational emails, open sports session and BMI measurements. But we’re adding a twist of blue, as a nod to the Blue Zones concept which will influence the theme of Trinity Week 2020. Blue Zones are areas of the world where people live long, healthy lives.
For Operation Transformation, we’re particularly focused on the Blue Zones Moai (/mo,eye/) concept. A moai is a group that forms to provide social support. They focus attention on how a sense of belonging and community benefit health. So why not get into a moai with your friends or colleagues and sign up for Operation Transformation.
What is Trinity Operation Transformation (TOT)?
As part of the Healthy Trinity initiative, CollegeHealth and Trinity Sport are putting a Trinity twist on the national television and radio programme. We recommend you get into a group with some of your friends, classmates or colleagues but you can also take part as an individual.
Register here to take part in any of the elements of the programme below.
From Tuesday, 14th January - Wednesday, 26th Febuary, TOT will support you to be more physically active, eat healthy, stop smoking and stay motivated for change. TOT is part of the Healthy Trinity initiative.
Launch Tuesday, 14th January
Come to our lunchtime launch in the Main Hall of the Sports Centre from 1.05-1.50. It will be a chance to meet everyone doing TOT and to do some light, fun physical activity.
BMI measurements will be taken for those who would like them.
For a time table of everything that's on see our At A Glance section or read on below for a more detailed description.
Easily our favourite part, there are lots of opportunities to be physically active.
TOT exercise class: TOTers Choice takes place class every Thursday 12.15-1pm. TOTers choice means that each week, participants tell us what activity they want to do the following week. What would you like? Body Blast? Bootcamp? Kettlebells? The group decides. The first week will be in the Fitness studio
Free lunchtime social quickfix: Our social walk/jog/run group meets from 1.05-1.35 every Wednesday at the steps of the Pavilion. We know lack of time stops people being active. We'll do a 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes walking/jogging/running around the fitness trail and a 5 minute cool-down. You'll meet lots of nice people and still have time to change and eat lunch. All welcome.
- Private classes: Sport are very generously offering up to five free private classes. Get organised into your group, find a space in your area where you can exercise and contact Deirdre Mullen-McGuinness to arrange an instructor to come to you.
- Discounted classes: Thanks to Trinity Sport classes like GAL, Multifit, Boxfit, Social Walk/Jog, TOTers Choice, HITT Cycle and Bootcamp are reduced price:
For members it is €3 for 45 minute classes and €2.50 for 30 minute classes. For non-members it's €7 for 45 minute classes and €4.50 for 30 minute classes.
- Open Club Sessions: Trinity's Sports Clubs have open sessions during TOT every year. You’re sure of a warm welcome because each of the clubs has assigned a friendly person to meet and greet new people. Why not try trampolining, fencing, dancing, swimming, badminton… we could go on!
- Campus 3K: To celebrate your better health, Sport host a campus 3K walk/run/jog. No course times are taken because it’s for fun, not competition and is aimed at all levels. All are welcome.
- When you register you will set a clear vision for what you want to achieve
- Email updates will remind you of why you signed up and what you can do to stay motivated.
- College Catering Outlets will offer healthy options during TOT
- Use the recipes on http://ot.rte.ie/food-and-recipes/ for inspiration.
Free stop smoking course begins Thursday 23rd January. More details here. Thanks to everyone who respects Trinity's tobacco free campus policy. We've achieved an 83% reduction in frequency of observed smoking.
We know TOT is complicated. Below is a full list of what's available.
Launch: Tuesday, 14th January 2020
Campus 3K Celebration: Wednesday, 26th February 2020
Members: €3 for 45 minutes classes; €2.50 for 30 minute classes
Non-member: €7 for 45 minute classes; €4.50 for 30 minute classes
|Day||Time and Event||Location||Cost|
|7.30: Multifit||Fitness Studio||Reduced Cost|
1.05-1.50 - Boxfit
1.05-1.35 - Social Walk/Jog
Meet at the steps of the Pavilions
|18.00-18.30 - HIIT Cycle||Cycling Studio||Reduced Cost|
12.15 - 1.00 - TOTers Choice
|1.05-1.50 - Stop Smoking Course with Martina||Sports Centre Boardroom||FREE|
|1.15-1.45 - HIIT Cycle||Cycling Studio||Reduced Cost|
5.15-6pm - Boot camp
Academic Bicycle Challenge 2019
The Academic Bicycle Challenge (ABC) is the new international cycling contest for universities and colleges. The ABC wants to find the most active cycling institutions of higher education worldwide. Our university is joining the ABC in November 2019. Together we will be able to prove that we are awesome on the bicycle as well!
We warmly invite you to cycle as often as possible during one month, for your fitness and for climate protection! Collect miles for your team and for our university! No matter if you cycle in your leisure time or on your way to university. All trips count, everywhere.
This is how it works: Get the Naviki app, enable ABC participation in the app settings, join a team or create your own one. Then simply cycle and record all trips. That way you collect miles for yourself, for your team, for your academic discipline and for our university. You will see the effect any time in the leaderboards available within the app. The thrill rises, day by day. Who is going to be most active?
All students and staff members of our university are welcome to participate. The ABC will last 30 days, from 1st November 2019. The ABC is an annual event.
Rankings and further information: www.go-abc.org
The Academic Bicycle Challenge (ABC) is a new International Cycling Contest for Universities and Colleges. The Academic Bicycle Challenge (ABC) combines joyful cycling, healthy exercise, and climate protection. The common goal of the challenge is simply: collecting as many cycled miles as possible.
Bicycles can change – at least a little bit! We're convinced that the ABC is an important global change for a better lifestyle. How? Through collective cycling! The ABC will generate attention for the huge potential of everyday and leisure cycling. It will point up the benefits of cycling for us and the environment.
With the ABC we are committed to promote healthy, social academic environments with green campuses. The aim is to playfully inspire people all around the world to cycle more often; together with you we would like to embody the change we want to see in the world. That’s why the ABC was designed.
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.
Why Get Involved:
Join the Academic Bicycle Challenge for more cyclists on the road, fresh air, fewer CO2 emissions, Prizes and a healthy lifestyle! The benefits are endless for you – the cyclist!
Cycling is a low impact exercise that boasts several health benefits which include:
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Improved joint mobility
- Decreased stress levels
- Improved posture and coordination
- Decreased body fat levels
- Reduced anxiety and depression
Participate in the ABC 2019!
You're a student or staff member of Trinity College
Click here and join the ABC
Fit4Life Social Run/Walk Group
You don't have to be sporty, but you do have to move!
Healthy Trinity: Social Walking/Jogging/Running Group
Do you find it difficult to find time to exercise? Would you like to get healthier and meet new people from Trinity? Healthy Trinity’s free weekly Social Walking/Jogging/Running Group can help.
- Day: Wednesdays
- Time: 1.05-1-35
- Location: Meet at the steps of the Pavilions
- Email: Deirdre on Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01 896 4681
- Or turn up on the day
- Visit our Facebook or Twitter:
Lack of time is the number one reason people don’t exercise so we’ll get you done and dusted in 30 minutes. Here’s how:
Warm up as a group and get to know other people participating
Join one of three groups (Walkers; Joggers: Runners) for 20 minutes of exercise. All groups will circle the Fitness Trail. There will be optional intervals marked where people can go faster to build fitness and slower to catch their breath.
Cool down as a group.
The group aims to be social, not competitive. If you'd like to use an app to review your own progress Healthy Trinity has some reviews here.
Martina Mullin from College Health and Deirdre Mullen-Mc Guinness from Trinity Sport will facilitate this group. To register online go to:
For more details or to register offline:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will there be somewhere secure to mind my bags while I'm exercising?
A: If you arrive before 1.05 we will store your bags.
Q: Is the group only on one day?
A: At the moment, we only organise the group on Wednesdays. We will be encouraging people to meet other days independently of us. That's why we're focusing on the social side. So ask around when you're doing your circuits. No doubt others will be looking for a group on other days.
Q: Can I start walking but build up to jogging or running?
A: Yes, there will be four groups: Walking, Walking/Jogging; Jogging and Running. We will also mark intervals on the one km route where everyone is encouraged to go faster. You can use those intervals to go from walking to jogging until you feel fit enough to jog all the time.
Q: Can I keep going for longer than 20 minutes?
A: We will blow a whistle at 1.30 to call people back for the cool down. You can absolutely ignore us. Or you can use the trip back to where ever you're going afterwards as your cool down. We do recommend a good post-stretch to improve flexibility and prevent injury though.
Q: Will you be tracking my progress?
A: Because demand for this course has been high, we won't on this occasion be able to record progress. We highly recommend the use of an app. Here are some we like. If you'd like to submit a review of an app you like, drop an email to Martina on email@example.com
Q: Is it OK to miss a week?
A: Absolutely. This is a social, flexible group. Come and go as you please. We'll be delighted to see you when you make it.
Fit 4 Life
Ishka Fit4life - In Association with Athletics Ireland
Would you like to become a Walking/Jogging Group leader and learn the following?
Barriers to running, Outline of Fit4Life Program, Becoming a leader (roles and responsibilities), Health and Safety of group training and the Basics of coaching.
Location: Trinity Sport Board Room
Places are limited so email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.