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Step it Up

Any exercise activity carries risk. Participation in these programs is entirely voluntary and at your own risk.

This free program is designed to help you stay active and explore new parks. Participants of all fitness levels are invited to join. Simply track and report your steps each week to be eligible for weekly raffle prizes.

Participants can look forward to:

  • Achieving fitness goals!
  • Guided group walks with varying paces
  • Discovering new parks in Ottawa & Allegan county
  • Meeting new people
  • Incentive prizes
  • Motivation & accountability by logging activity

New this season! Opportunities to run, bike, and paddle as a group, plus a navigation course and challenge! These opportunities are free for Step it Up! participants. Beginners are encouraged… this is the time to try something new!

Group Activities

Join us for one or all of our group walks and activities as we explore the different parks in Ottawa and Allegan counties! Each activity will have naturalist guides to help participants enjoy the natural beauty of the park. Walking groups will have a variety of paces and distances for participants to choose from. Walks are roughly one hour.

Group Walk Schedule

April 11: Grand Ravines (South), 6:00 pm
April 19: Paw Paw (East) , 6:00 pm
April 21: New Richmond Park, 10:00 am – Celebrate Earth Day with a walk in the park!
April 28: Pigeon Creek Park, 10:00 am
May 5: Bysterveld Park, 10:00 am
May 8: Kirk Park, 6:00 pm
May 14: Allegan Sports Complex, 6:00 pm
May 16: Grand River Park, 6:00 pm
May 22: Crockery Creek Natural Area, 6:00 pm
June 2: Hemlock Crossing, 10:00 am - National Trails Day! Following the walk, we’ll have our wrap up party.

Group Adventure Schedule

Beginners and all levels of fitness are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities! You must be a registered and ACTIVE participant in Step it Up! to register for the following activities.

April 14: Keep It Active Adventure Biking, Riley Trails at 2:30 pm
Bikes and helmets will be available for free. When you register, let us know if you will need equipment.
Additional registration is required for Keep it Active Biking. Registration will open soon.

April 28: Keep It Active Adventure Trail Running, Pigeon Creek Park at 9:30 am
We will be recruiting pacers. If you have an idea of what pace you might be, let us know when you register.
Additional registration is required for Keep it Active Trail Running. Registration will open soon.

May 12: Keep It Active Kayaking, Connor Bayou at 6:00 pm
Kayaking equipment will be available for free. When you register, let us know if you will need equipment.
Additional registration is required for Keep it Active Kayaking. Registration will open soon.

May 18: Keep It Active Adventure Navigation, Van Buren Dunes at 6:00 pm
Compasses will be available for use.
Additional registration is required for Keep it Active Navigation. Registration will open soon.

May 19: Keep It Active Disc Golf Event, Jaycee Park at 10:00 am
More details to follow.

Allegan County Group Paddle date is TBA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to register?
Yes, you must register to participate in this challenge and group activities. Register by April 2

What is the cost of the Step it Up! Fitness Challenge?
The challenge is completely free. It is covered by grant funding secured by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

Do I have to participate in the group activities?
No, the group activities are optional. Join us for one or all of them as your schedule and interest allows. Beginners are encouraged. All of the activities are free.
*Please note the group cycle, paddle, and navigation challenge have limited space and will require additional registration. These special activities are only available to active (that means you must be tracking your activity) Spring Step it Up! Participants.

How fit do I need to be to participate?
All levels of fitness are welcome. Various pace groups will be available at the group walks. Beginners are encouraged to try all of the activities. This is the time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

How do I track my activity?
You will login to track your activity. You can log it daily or weekly. Each week that you track your activity you will be entered to win a prize.

What activity do I track?
All the steps you take throughout the day and all of your activity throughout the challenge counts! A minutes-to-steps conversion calculator is available online. A guide to converting other activities (gardening, weights, etc) will also be available for reference.

Do I have to track my activity?
We encourage all participants to track activity. It helps keep you accountable and consistent participation ensures the continuation of grant funding. You must be an active participant in the challenge to register for the Group Adventure Activities. Plus, you might win a prize!

How do I know what’s happening each week?
Every Monday morning, you will receive an email from Ottawa County via GovDelivery. That email will have the link to record your activity, the week’s group activities, and other news.

Contact Amy at (616) 393-5799 with questions.