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It’s all in the name: creative step challenge names

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Mar 20, 2020

Sometimes coming up with a name is the hardest part of creating a step challenge.

Picture this: You’ve planned your step challenge dates, you know the challenge modes you want to run, and you’ve even thought through the content you want to post in your challenge. You’re all ready to create your challenge except for one small detail: your step challenge still needs a name! 

Here at MoveSpring, we aim to make the challenge admin’s life as simple as possible. Our Admin Center is a user-friendly way to manage your client account. Our Help Center provides tons of great resources and tips for guidance. Also, we’ve got the best support team (okay we may be biased) that can step in when more help is needed.

In addition to all of these resources, we continue to look for new ways to help you, as an admin, create a successful and engaging step challenge. We recently received a request for challenge name inspiration; your wish, our command. We’ve got you covered with some great challenge names that will knock your users’ socks off! 

Follow our definitive guide for creative challenge naming

Tip Number 1: Use Alliteration

Alliteration can be an easy way to make a challenge name more fun! For instance, Get Moving with MoveSpring, Stridekick Super Streak, Walgreens Walk-a-thon, or Journey with Jewel are just a few examples. Try using fun, action words like race or zoom and combining them with your organization name or the dates of your challenge to find something that works for your group. 

Tip Number 2: Draw Inspiration from Your Organization

Draw inspiration from your organization. For instance, if your organization is an animal hospital, have fun with some animal-themed names like Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Get Meow-ving with MoveSpring, Purr-fect Pacers, or The Doggy-Dash.

Tip Number 3: Think about the Time of Year

There are lots of ways you can use the time of year to name your challenge. We’ve come up with this list to start you off, but feel free to get creative with a particular season or month to inspire your challenge name. 

  • Step into the New Year
  • January Jog-a-thon
  • February Fitness
  • Cupid Shuffle
  • March Madness
  • March to Fitness 
  • Shamrock Shuffle
  • Spring Forward
  • Active April
  • Adventure through April
  • Step into Spring
  • Spring Sprint
  • MAYrathon
  • May Muscle Hustle
  • Jump into July
  • Walking on Sunshine
  • Summer Strides
  • Summer Shuffle
  • STEPtember
  • September Steppers
  • WALKtober
  • Halloween Hustle
  • MOVEvember
  • Fall into Fitness
  • Turkey Trot
  • December Dash
  • Holiday Hustle
  • The Reindeer Games

Tip Number 4: Let your Challenge Mode Inspire Your Name

If you know what challenge mode you want to use, you can use that particular mode to inspire your challenge. For example, if you know you want to use a leaderboard mode, you can name your challenge Follow the Leaderboard or Race to the Top (of the Leaderboard). For a journey mode, you could name your challenge Trot Across the Globe or Journey through January. For a Stick to It challenge, try Daily Dash or for a weekend-long streak challenge, use It’s the Streaking Weekend.

Tip Number 5: Stay on Theme

Remember that your goal for this challenge is to get people moving, so use that to your advantage when naming your challenge. You can keep your challenge name on theme by incorporating action-oriented words like step, sprint, move, stride, or walk into your challenge name. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • One Step at a Time
  • One Step Ahead
  • One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for (Your Company)
  • Let’s Get Moving with (Your Company)
  • Sprint for Success with (Your Company)
  • Walk for Wellness

Tip Number 6: Use Running Team Names for Inspiration

Another great way to come up with a fun challenge name is to do a quick search for “running team names.” You’ll find some great options there, including We're Making Great Strides, Legs Miserables, Cirque Du Sore Legs, Scrambled Legs, Not Fast But Furious, and Easier Said Than Run. If you don’t end up using these names for your challenge, you can also use them for naming teams in a Team Leaderboard challenge! 

Tip Number 7: Let Our Challenge and Team Names Inspire Yours

At MoveSpring, we're always coming up with new challenge and team names for our own company challenges! Take a quick look at some of our most recent challenge and team names that are sure to be big hits for your next challenge as well. 

For our October challenge, our Halloween-themed team names were truly bewitching:

  • We're Horror-ble
  • Scream Team
  • Squad Ghouls
  • Toil & Trouble

Our November challenge kept the fun going with Thanksgiving-themed team names:

  • The Galloped Potatoes
  • Can't Stop This Gravy Train
  • Green Bean Casserole Machine
  • Will Run For Pumpkin

This December, we're planning a holiday-themed challenge titled The Reindeer Games, and our team names are just as festive:

  • Jingle Joggers
  • Tinsel Toes
  • Little Saint Quick
  • Run Run Reindeer
  • The Slay Bells
  • Polar Express

Tip Number 8: Set Your Challenge Up For Success

Last but not least, remember that your challenge isn’t successful on it’s name alone! It’s most important to create a challenge that’s engaging for your users and inspires them to get moving. Taking the time to craft a challenge that will encourage participation and some friendly competition along the way will ultimately bring the greatest reward. 

To learn more about creating a successful and engaging challenge, check out our MoveSpring Playbookfor visual, step-by-step guidance and tactical ideas for your challenge from our team of experts and this blog post for tips on engagement in your challenge.

Special Edition: Remote Working and COVID-19 Themed Step Challenge Names

Challenge Names

  • Brighten your mood with gratitude!
  • Let’s stick together–yeah, yeah, yeah!
  • Hibernation Health Nuts
  • Digital Nomads: Work around the globe!
  • We’re all in this together!
  • United We Step
  • Walking on Sunshine & Sanitizer
  • Between a walk and a hard pace
  • Stepping from a Distance
  • Happy & Healthy Together
  • Keepin' it together, from afar
  • Stepping for a better tomorrow
  • Can't catch us!
  • Social Distancing, but Stepping Together

Team Names 

  • Netflix and Chill
  • Book Clubbers
  • Movie Buffs
  • Lego Masters
  • Yogi Bears
  • Personal Chefs
  • Master Crafters
  • Masked Steppers
  • Sanitary Steppers
  • Pandemic Pros
  • Vivacious not Infectious
  • Wiping Away Competition
  • Can't Contain These Steps
  • Going the Social Distance
  • Corona Crushers
  • Quarantine Quilters
  • Confined Cardio Queens

Check out our list of remote working and COVID-friendly employee health challenges here.

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