Marchathon FAQs

Below you can find the frequent asked questions and the Terms and Conditions for the 2020 Marchathon Step Challenge.

When does Marchathon start and finish?

Marchathon begins on Monday 2nd March 2020 and finishes at midnight on Friday 27th March 2020. The last day of the Challenge is Friday 27th of March but team members have until 2pm on Monday 30th March to submit their steps for the final week of the challenge online.

How does Marchathon work?

To take part, you will need to:
  • Get into a team with staff and students in your campus (3-6 people per team including the captain!)
  • Sign up online from the 1st of February
  • Get a step counter (i.e. download an app, use a pedometer or other step tracking device)
  • During the Challenge: log steps online at 

Can I participate in the challenge on my own?

Marchathon is a team event and 3-6 team members (including the captain) are required to participate in the challenge. The Marchathon promotional team in your workplace/campus might be able to help you to find a team. For contact details email

Can I have more or less than 3 members to a team?

Marchathon is a team event and 3-6 team members (including the captain) are required to participate in the challenge. The Marchathon promotional team in your workplace/campus might be able to help you to find a team. For contact details email

How are the prize winners determined?

The team at the top of the average steps leaderboards at the end of the challenge will win the top challenge prizes. There will be lots of opportunities for teams to win prizes throughout the challenge, including photo competitions, Limerick competitions and a virtual challenge. Prizes and spot prizes will be chosen randomly by the organizers. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to Marchathon, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

How do I record/log my steps?

Check out the How to Log Steps section.

What does the leaderboards show?

There are two leaderboards for the Step Challenge. All leaderboards show team averages so that teams of 3 members can compete with teams of 4, 5 or 6 members. Any team on any leaderboard is open to Quality Assurance by our Coordinators, to ensure that activity logged is accurate and true. Any participant can be asked to detail how they achieved step counts logged. This detail may be published (but can be done anonymously if you don't wish for your name to be shown). If we have a query about activity logged and you or your team don't respond to us in time for publication of a particular Leaderboard, your team rank will be shown as TBC until the query is resolved. Our two leaderboards are:
  1. The Overall Leaderboard, showing all teams
  2. The Desk Leaderboard, showing teams which are primarily desk-based during the course of the workday.
The Final Leaderboard will be published after the Challenge ends and Quality Assurance has been done on all of the top teams.

My team doesn’t have access to a PC terminal, can I still take part?

Yes, if you have access to smartphone, tablet or PC, you can participate. All participants must log activity online on the Active Travel Logger website, so once one member of your team can log activity once a week over the course of the Challenge, you are welcome to participate. If you do not have access to a device to access the Active Travel Logger website, unfortunately you can't take part.

My Organisation hasn’t signed up to participate, can I take part?

We would love to offer everyone the chance to participate, however our remit is to work with employers who have signed up to implement travel plans as part of the Smarter Travel Workplaces and Smarter Travel Campus programmes. If you'd like to find out more about becoming a Partner, get in touch, email

How many steps should I take per day?

Researchers have recommended 10,000 steps (or approximately 5 miles or 8km) per day for overall good health and well-being. Remember to start small and aim to build up to 10,000 steps bit by bit. If you are very inactive, have a health problem, or are worried about any aspect of your health, you should consult your doctor before undertaking this challenge. When it comes to clocking up steps as part of the Step Challenge, every participant is responsible for their own personal safety and wellbeing. Participating in the Step Challenge is strictly voluntary and you are under no obligation of any kind whatsoever to participate in this Challenge. The National Transport Authority or their agents or assigns, cannot accept any liability whatsoever or howsoever arising, whether relating to persons or property, as a result of the operation of this Step Challenge or its use by participants.

What happens if I forget to wear my step counter one day?

If you forget to wear your step counter on a particular day, you can use the step count from another day where you had similar physical activity levels. This applies to both the app and other step counters.

Can I log/edit my steps?

Any participant can log and edit their own steps on the Active Travel Logger. Register for your workplace group on the site, and find your team name  - your Team Captain's name will be displayed to help you find them e.g. Happy Feet (Tom Smith). Once you've 'joined' your team online, you can log and edit your step totals throughout the Challenge. Please note you have a maximum of 10 days to backlog - less for the final leaderboard, but we will be in touch with all teams to flag this with you. If you do not set up your own account on the Active Travel Logger, your Team Captain can log/ edit on your behalf. Be sure to give your step totals to them in time for the leaderboards!

I will be on holidays during the challenge – do my steps still count?

Yes they do. You can continue to log your activity manually on the Active Travel Logger website, or you can get your Team Captain to log on your behalf.

Can I include other physical activity?

Only activities which can be recorded by your step counter are included. So aerobics, running and gardening are fine - but cycling, swimming or other activities where you do not wear a step counter are not included.

Is this challenge just about walking to work?

No – walking anywhere, anytime will count. Walking to, or part of the way to work is a great way to increase your steps, to feel good and to reduce your personal and environmental travel costs.

I am wheelchair bound – can I take part in the Step Challenge?

Yes you can certainly take part. You can buy a bicycle odometer from your local bicycle store. The bicycle shop should be able to fit this for you and they will take into account the wheel diameter so that it’s as accurate as possible. You will use this odometer to keep a record of your distance travelled daily. To convert the distance taken in the wheelchair to steps please allow 3 steps for every 1 metre travelled. Using this conversion you will be able to log your daily steps on the Active Travel Logger (links coming soon). Your Team Captain can also log on your behalf. Source of conversion information: Global Corporate Challenge.

Is your team desk based?

This is a question Team Captains are asked on registration. Team captains should answer ‘yes’ if most members of your team are based at a desk during working hours.

Can I use an app to track my steps?

If you have a step counter from a previous challenge, or if you've got a fitness tracker or an app on your smart phone, you're welcome to use these - but remember to log into your account on the Active Travel Logger to update your steps on a regular basis. Your Team Captain can also log on your behalf. Whatever way you log your steps - you must use the same counter for the entire challenge.

One of the team members has dropped out – what should we do?

Please contact with the details of your team name and changes. If a new member is being substituted or is dropping out, please let us know as soon as possible.

What happens if I don’t make the online submission on time?

If you miss the deadline your steps will not appear until the subsequent leaderboard. However, please note that you will only be able to backlog steps for up to 10 days throughout the challenge. With the cut off for entering the steps for the final week of the challenge being 2pm on Monday the 30th of March.

What happens if I make a mistake submitting my steps?

If you enter the wrong number of steps you should log back into your active travel logger account as soon as possible and resubmit your steps for the date in question. If you are unable to do so please email

We are having technical difficulties – what should we do?

If your technical difficulty is related to your internet connection on campus/workplace, then you will need to contact the IT Department on your campus. Alternatively contact with the details of your issue and any errors messages you see.

Other Questions?

If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact us, email

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Prizes and Competitions

Details of prizes for Smarter Travel Campus and Smarter Travel Workplaces Challenges will be announced on the relevant prizes pages. Prize winners names/ organisation will be published on our website, reports, social media and other events/ publications associated with the Smarter Travel Workplaces and Smarter Travel Campus programmes, and the National Transport Authority. Winners may also be asked to participate in a publicity shoot. By participating in any photo shoots associated with Authority challenges or events, you consent to the use/ publication by the Authority of these images. To be eligible for Prizes, winners must be resident in the Republic of Ireland, and be employees of an active Smarter Travel Workplaces or Smarter Travel Campus Partner organisation. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to Smarter Travel Workplaces or Smarter Travel Campus Competitions or Challenges, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. The Authority reserves the right to award all, some or none of the prizes associated with any event or challenge.
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