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Welcome to Walktober!

Did you know walking is the official Maryland State Exercise? One foot in front of the other -- it's as simple as that! Walking is the easiest and most inexpensive way to get moving, get healthy and stay fit.

What is Walktober?

New in 2020, UME is partnering with the Maryland Department of Transportation to celebrate Walktober - a full month dedicated to health, safety and education for pedestrians and drivers, to build safer, more sustainable communities in Maryland.

Walktober events include four Walkinars - online webinars about pedestrian-related topics in Maryland - and WalkMaryland Day on Oct. 7, 2020. Click on the walkinar title to register for that session.


Oct. 1 - Get Maryland Walking: What Can We Do?

Oct. 15 - Pedestrian Infrastructure, Safety, and Health

Oct. 22 - New Trends and Technologies to Siupport Walkability and Walking

Oct.. 29 - Maryland Community Walk Initiatives

These webinars provide American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) with 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits to maintain their certification. Please note, to receive AICP credit you must attend the live broadcast.moves along the trail as a unit.

How does WalkMaryland work?

As a registered "Sole Mate," you can sign up for a public walk in your area with a Group Leader. We will be following COVID-19 safety protocols and do ask that participants wear masks while on a group walk.

Groups can participate in WalkMaryland too. The activity is a great way to encourage a group (school class, 4H club, weight management class, etc.) to increase physical activity levels. Challenge your group to “walk” the 500 mile trail across our state! Group Leaders register the group and encourage members to engage in physical activities individually or lead group activities to accumulate miles. The miles of each individual in the group are added together and the group. 

Sign up to be a WalkMaryland Group Leader

For more information go to the Maryland Department of Transportation's Walktober website


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