Step To It!  May 4–31, 2014

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Step To It Challenge!

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The Step To It Challenge is a friendly, physical activity competition which began in 2009 with five Hennepin County community partners.  Since then this fun, lighthearted campaign has expanded to 22 communities and the varied worksites they encompass.  Along with creating camaraderie and spirit, it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to get moving after a long winter.  Here are some of the comments participants have made about the Step To It Challenge over the years.

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  • “This program jump started my exercise routine just in time to get active during the spring and summer!  In four weeks I have lost ten pounds and am more active with my kids.  Thanks!”
  • “It just felt good to exercise.  I had more energy.”
  • “It was a fun program as the family really took it to heart and challenged each other.  As a result, we did a lot of fun things together or tried to catch up with each other.  This is a tough thing to do when you have all young adults.  We truly bonded and had a lot of fun.”
  • “With this program being in the spring each year, it helps motivate me to continue to exercise throughout the summer and into the fall!"

Registration Starts April 1

To register, go to

Show your pride, with friends at your side!

The challenge is a fun, light-hearted way to connect with family, friends, and neighbors and get moving again after a long winter. Twenty-two cities will compete to see which one has the most active residents.

How does it work?

As a Step To It participant, you will keep a running total of the steps you take during the challenge using a pedometer or the online activity conversion chart. Other activities such as biking, skateboarding, Tai Chi, or even just mowing the lawn can also count toward overall steps. The Step To It Challenge website will allow you to record your steps online. Best of all, it’s FREE to participate!


Five individual participants from each city will be awarded two tickets each to a Minnesota Twins home game based on the following criteria:

  • One individual will win "Most Steps Accumulated"
  • Four individuals will be drawn at random from a list of those participants who recorded steps in all four weeks

In addition, ten youth aged 17 and younger will be awarded two tickets each to a Minnesota Twins home game through a random drawing of all youth participants.

Your participation also helps Hopkins compete for "Most Steps Walked" or "Highest Average Number of Steps per Resident" awards in competition with the other participating cities.

MinnesotaTwins & Kare 11: Proud Cosponsors of the Challenge

The Minnesota Twins and Kare 11 join Hennepin County and participating communities as proud sponsors of the 2013 Step To It Challenge. Winning participants from each community will be recognized during a Twins game this summer.

Hennepin County is proud to partner with 22 communities and the Minnesota Twins in sponsoring the 2013 Step To It Challenge.

2014 Participating Communites

Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Little Earth of United Tribes, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Sabathani Community, Shorewood, St. Louis Park, and Shorewood. If you don't see your community listed but would still like to participate, sign up as a non-participating community.

Suggested Walking Paths

We've put together some suggested walking trails in Hopkins for you, ranging in distance from one half mile to nearly two miles.

View larger map with distances »


For more information, visit or contact Debbie Sperling at 952-548-6302 or


  • Step To It! website
  • Executive Secretary


Step To It logoFun ways to log steps in Hopkins