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Step Challenge FAQs

Step into spring with the MNCPA.

Updated Jan. 10, 2024

What is the MNCPA Step Challenge?
The MNCPA Step Challenge is designed to help members stay active during a busy time of year and get ready for spring! Steps and activities are tracked through the free ChallengeRunner mobile app.

Challenge Details

Who can participate?
Both MNCPA members and non-members are encouraged to sign up. Each team must have at least one MNCPA member.

How long is the challenge?
The challenge start Friday, March 1 and goes through Tuesday, April 30. Your steps will start calculating at 12:00 a.m. on March 1 and will stop calculating once the challenge ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 30.

When is the deadline to sign up?
In order to participate, you must sign up by Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

How are the winners calculated?
Steps are calculated by the team’s step average, and not the total number of steps per team. The team with the highest step average will win the challenge. Totals will be calculated after the challenge ends on April 30 and awards will be presented to the winning team in each of the following categories:

  • 1 (Individual team)
  • 2 - 8 team members
  • 9 - 15 team members

Signing up

How do I sign up?
Step 1: The captain of each team must complete the registration form to register their team (this is how we’ll track your team internally). If the number of people participating changes, email Amy Johnston at prior to March 1 with updates.

Step 2: All participants (including the team captain) must sign up for the challenge on the ChallengeRunner website: After registering and joining the challenge, each participant must select which team they will be competing with.

What if I already have a ChallengeRunner account?
Log into your account at and then follow the steps to join.

What if I don’t have a ChallengeRunner account?
Simply to go, create an account and you will be able to join the challenge. If you have any issues joining, please contact Amy Johnston at and ask to be invited. Don’t forget that you must sign up by Friday, Feb. 29 at 11:59 p.m. in order to participate.

Can I invite coworkers to join the challenge?
Yes! Direct them to where they can create an account and sign up. Don’t forget to tell them your team name so they can join your specific team.

What if I have more than 15 people in my firm who want to participate?
No problem! Create two teams and have a friendly competition within your firm. Who steps up to the challenge this spring?

How do I select my team?
In the Challenge Log, to the right of where it says “Your challenge starts in x days,” you’ll see a button that says “Select Team.” If your team isn’t already listed, please select “Create New Team” to create your team. Make sure that your team captain has completed the Step Challenge Registration Form to register the team.

How do I select my team category/size?
Select “Profile” at the top right corner of the website to select your team’s category (referred to as a “location”) which specifies your team size.

Reporting your steps

How do I report my steps?
You have two options. You can program your fitness device to automatically send your step count to ChallengeRunner, or you can input your data manually each day.

How do I sync my device?

  1. You must own one of the following devices: FitBit, Garmin, Jawbone, Moves App, Misfit, Fitbug, Goggle Fit, Apple Health or Withings.
  2. Once you log into ChallengeRunner, click the green “Trackers” button to sync your fitness device. If you don’t see the green button, just click your name on the upper right-hand corner of the page and go to your profile. At the bottom, you’ll see a drop-down menu to sync your device.
  3. You will be redirected to the device’s website to verify your account (e.g. if you have FitBit, it will redirect you to log into your FitBit account on FitBit’s website).
  4. You’re finished! Your device will automatically sync to ChallengeRunner every 15 minutes until the challenge is over.

I have Apple Health but I can’t sync the app via the website.
If you use Apple Health, you cannot sync via the website. You must sync via the mobile app. After you create your account, download the ChallengeRunner app from the app store on your phone. Go to your phone’s settings menu and click on “ChallengeRunner.” Click “Enabled.” Go to the app and log in using your credentials. After a few minutes the two apps will sync.

How do I manually input my data?
Each night, before you go to bed, check your step counter. Then, log into your ChallengeRunner account and input the number of steps in the empty box next to your name.

What if I have an issue syncing my device or forget to input my steps?
No problem! You can manually input your steps; just make sure you click “Save” for the steps to be recorded properly.

How can I see the number of steps my device logged?
Go to and login
Download the ChallengeRunner app on your phone and login to view the leaderboard.

I still have questions about syncing my device!
For more information on syncing your fitness tracker, please visit

Can I track other forms of exercise (cycling, elliptical training, etc.)?
Absolutely! To convert other forms of exercise into steps, refer to this conversion chart (PDF).

How can I track my team’s progress?
Once the challenge begins log into your ChallengeRunner account to view the leaderboard. This will show each team’s average steps. You will also receive our weekly email announcing the top teams.

Contact Us

I still have questions. Who can I talk to at MNCPA?
For more information or questions about the MNCPA Step Challenge, contact Amy Johnston at or by calling 952-885-5534.