Homer Steps Up

Free Community Steps Challenge for the southern Kenai Peninsula.

May 1-28, 2023

Win AWESOME PRIZES!  $1,800 in Prizes!

South Peninsula Hospital Foundation SVT Health and Wellness City of Homer South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services South Peninsual Hospital

Save the date and start organizing your team for 2023’s Homer Steps Up! Community Walking Challenge!

Registration opens April 10th for the annual Homer Steps Up! four week long challenge from May 1 – May 28, 2023. Anyone can participate in this fun, healthy challenge by logging their steps using a wearable fitness tracker, smartphone, or even entering them manually! Team scores are a cumulative average of their members’ steps.

Registration Opens April 10! (check back here)

Teams of 5-25 members will compete for not only the challenge trophy and bragging rights. NEW THIS YEAR – Winning team gets to designate $500 to a local nonprofit/charity of their choice, and get custom WINNERS T-Shirts for everyone on the team! The next two “Runner Up” Teams will each be awarded $300 and $200 each to designate to the nonprofit or charity of their choice as well. More to come on this generous donation from Homer Foundation!

All individual participants reaching at least a weekly step average of 35,000 steps (that's only around 5,000 steps a day!) will be eligible for the weekly prize drawings, and the end of challenge cash prizes!

Three winners in three different steps categories (ranging from 5K a day average steppers to >20K a day average steppers) will win weekly prize drawings for Homer Bucks, AND three winners in each of the three categories will win the prize drawings for $100, $200, and $300 cash prizes at the end of the challenge!

2022 Highlights

Step O Meter

658 participants on 60 teams walked a total of 168,440,076 steps from May 1 to 28. The winning team was Sweaty Bettys, who walked 4,822,522 steps between 9 members, resulting in a cumulative average score of 535,836. Team members included: Brooke Sanford, Devry Garity, Jen Liston, Juley Kalugin, Lila Johnson, Mary Liston, Melinda Erickson, Michelle Geagel and Theresa Halpin. The team was awarded the Homer Steps Traveling Trophy on Saturday, June 4 at the Awards Event at SPARC.

Winning Team

It was a close challenge, though! Congratulations to the next two highest-stepping teams:

The Jabberwalkies with a score of 511,175!
The Strolling Shovers with a score of 410,596!

Thank you the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Inc. and the Homer Steps Up co-sponsors SPH, City of Homer, SVT Health & Wellness, SPARC & SPBHS for supporting this challenge and making it possible every year!

$1,800 in cash prizes were awarded at end of challenge by the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Additionally, weekly drawings for Homer Bucks were held based on weekly steps walked. The following businesses also offered Steps Deals to challenge participants: Homer Saw and Cycle, Homer’s Jeans, Cycle Logical, The Good Life Doggy Daycare, and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Trophy 2022

At a Glance


Total Participants

Total Teams

Winning Teams

Total Steps as a Community




City of Homer





City of Homer





City of Homer (Team 25+); M&M&M’s

(Team <25)





City of Homer (Team 25+); Harbor School of Dance & Music (Team <25)





City of Homer (Big Team); Harbor School of Music and Dance (Small Team)





Sweaty Betty’s



All 60 teams