Marchathon and Walktober are fun team Step Challenges which take place in March and October each year. The Step Challenges are open to staff and students of workplaces and third level campuses who are partners of the TFI Smarter Travel programme.

Below is a list of workplaces and campuses who participated in Marchathon this year. Once an organisation has registered to participate in a Step Challenge, members of staff and students can then get together to form a team of 3 to 6 people.

A Team Name is chosen and a Team Captain is nominated. Each participant needs to have a working email address and have a registered and verified Active Travel Logger account. The Team Captain will be the main point of contact for a team and will set up the team on the Active Travel Logger website.

For more information on how to get started, creating a team, logging steps and more, refer to the Resources and Frequently Asked Questions sections by clicking the relevant header at the top of this page.

The deadline to log your steps each week to place on the Weekly Leaderboard is 2pm every Monday except for the last week of the challenges when the deadline is extended by one or two days. Participants can backlog their steps for a maximum of eight days during the Challenge.

I actively found time during my day to get a walk in. I wouldn’t have done this in the past.

Marchathon Step Challenge Participant, 2022

The organisation’s Internal Coordinator and the National Coordinators keep in touch with participants to let them know about competitions, prizes, Leaderboards etc. once the Challenge is live.

During the Step Challenges participants can follow us on social media for regular updates and tips on the Challenge, and of course to see who’s in the lead!

TFI Smarter Travel Social Media
Twitter: @TFISmartTravel
Instagram: @tfismartertravel


Participating organisations

The following is a list of organisations who took part in the Marchathon 2023 Step Challenge.  If your organisation is a partner of the TFI Smarter Travel Programme and would like to register to take part in future Step Challenges, please ask your Smarter Travel Coordinator to email


An Bord Pleanála
Analog Devices
Beaumont Hospital
Biomarin International Ltd.
Childrens Health Ireland
Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates Consulting Engineers
Cork City Council
Cork County Council
Cork University Hospital
Cook Medical
DBFL Consulting Engineers
Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth
Department of Justice
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Department of Public Expenditure NDP Delivery and Reform
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht
Department of Transport
Depuy Synthes J&J
Dublin Bus
Dublin City Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Fingal County Council
Galway City Council
Galway University Hospitals
H&MV Engineering
Henry J. Lyons
Iarnród Éireann
Jacobs Engineering
J&J Vision Care
Janssen Sciences Ireland UC
Kilkenny County Council
Lilly GBS
Limerick City & County Council
Louth County Council
Mayo County Council
Meath County Council
MSA Safety
Munster Rugby
National Orthopedic Hospital Cappagh
National Rehabilitation Hospital
National Transport Authority
Northern Trust
Oberstown Detention Campus
Offaly County Council
Office of The Attorney General
Our Lady’s Hospital Navan
Philip Lee LLP
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital
St. Columcille’s Hospital
Saint John of God Hospital
Sigmar Recruitment
Sligo County Council
SSE Airtricity
South Dublin County Council
St. Columcille’s Hospital
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Tallaght University Hospital
TE Connectivity
The National Maternity Hospital
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Transport Insights
UL Hospitals Group
UPMC Aut Even Hospital
Waterford City and County Council
ATU Donegal
ATU Galway Mayo
ATU Sligo
Dunboyne College of Further Education
IADT Dun Laoghaire
Marino Institute of Education
Mary Immaculate College
Maynooth University-St. Patrick’s Pontifical University
MTU Cork
SETU Carlow
SETU Waterford
Trinity College
TUS Midwest
University College Dublin
University College Cork
University of Limerick


Marchathon Resources

The following is a sample of the resources available to partners to help plan and promote Marchathon in an organisation. These resources can be used on a variety of communication platforms such an intranet, emails, social media, newsletters and to display as posters. Please click on the preferred link to download the resource.

Using the Active Travel Logger

How do I log steps on the Active Travel Logger?

How to log your steps using the Active Travel Logger

How do I create a Team on the Active Travel Logger?

How to create a team

There are a number of other Active Travel Logger video tutorials below. Click on the relevant link to view the video tutorial.

Video Tutorials for Team Captains:

How to invite team members using the Active Travel Logger

How to invite team members to join your team using a URL

How to log steps on behalf of your Team Members

Video tutorials for Organisation Coordinators:

How to view teams from your organisation taking part in a challenge

How to send email alerts to participants from your organisation using the Active Travel Logger

Frequently Asked Questions

Marchathon is a fun & free annual step challenge to help build team spirit and encourage your colleagues to stick on their shoes and get walking (while maintaining a safe social distance and adhering to current government guidelines). Marchathon is a great way to encourage a regular walking routine while encouraging long-term physical activity and modal shift.

Marchathon begins on Wednesday 1st March and finishes at midnight on Friday 31st March 2023.  Team members/captains must enter their steps for the previous week by 2pm each Monday.   Team members/captains have until 2pm on Tuesday 4th April to submit their steps for the final week of the challenge online.

To take part, you will need to:

  • Get into a team with staff and students in your workplace/campus (3-6 people per team including the captain!)
  • Sign up online now at
  • Get a step counter (i.e. download an app, use a pedometer or other step tracking device)
  • During the Challenge: log steps online at 

Marchathon is a team event and 3-6 team members (including the captain) are required to participate in the challenge. The Marchathon promotional team in your workplace/campus might be able to help you to find a team.

For contact details email

Walktober is a team event and 3-6 team members (including the captain) are required to participate in the challenge. The Walktober promotional team in your workplace/campus might be able to help you to find a team.

For contact details email

You must log your steps on the Active Travel Logger before the weekly deadline. Check out our How to Log My Steps video tutorial.

There are two Leaderboards for the Step Challenge.

All Leaderboards show team averages so that teams of 3 members can compete with teams of 4, 5 or 6 members. Any team on any Leaderboard is open to Quality Assurance by our Coordinators, to ensure that activity logged is accurate and true. Any participant can be asked to detail how they achieved step counts logged. This detail may be published (but can be done anonymously if you don’t wish for your name to be shown).

If we have a query about activity logged and you or your team don’t respond to us in time for publication of a particular Leaderboard, your team rank will be shown as ‘TBC’ until the query is resolved. Our two Leaderboards are:

  1. The Overall Leaderboard, showing all teams
  2. The Desk Leaderboard, showing teams which are primarily desk-based during the course of the workday.

The Final Leaderboard will be published after the Challenge ends and Quality Assurance has been done on all of the top teams.

Yes, if you have access to smartphone, tablet or PC, you can participate.

All participants must log activity online on the Active Travel Logger website, so once one member of your team can log activity once a week over the course of the Challenge, you are welcome to participate.

If you do not have access to a device to access the Active Travel Logger website, unfortunately you can’t take part.

We would love to offer everyone the chance to participate, however our remit is to work with employers who have signed up to implement travel plans as part of the TFI Smarter Travel programme. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Partner, get in touch, email

If you forget to wear your step counter on a particular day, you can use the step count from another day where you had similar physical activity levels.

This applies to both the app and other step counters.

Any participant can log and edit their own steps on the Active Travel Logger.

Register for your workplace group on the site, and find your team name  – your Team Captain’s name will be displayed to help you find them e.g. Happy Feet (Tom Smith).

Once you’ve ‘joined’ your team online, you can log and edit your step totals throughout the Challenge. Please note you have a maximum of 8 days to backlog – less for the final leaderboard, but we will be in touch with all teams to flag this with you.

If you do not set up your own account on the Active Travel Logger, your Team Captain can log/ edit on your behalf. Be sure to give your step totals to them in time for the leaderboards!

Yes they do. You can continue to log your activity manually on the Active Travel Logger website, or you can get your Team Captain to log on your behalf.

Only activities which can be recorded by your step counter are included.

So aerobics, running and gardening are fine – but cycling, swimming or other activities where you do not wear a step counter are not included.

No – walking anywhere, anytime will count. Walking to, or part of the way to work is a great way to increase your steps, to feel good and to reduce your personal and environmental travel costs.

Yes you can certainly take part. You can buy a bicycle odometer from your local bicycle store. The bicycle shop should be able to fit this for you and they will take into account the wheel diameter so that it’s as accurate as possible.

You will use this odometer to keep a record of your distance travelled daily. The distance can then be converted to steps by using the following equation: 1km = 1250 steps. Using this conversion you will be able to log your daily steps on the Active Travel Logger. Your Team Captain can also log on your behalf.

Source of conversion information: 10,000 Steps.

This is a question Team Captains are asked on registration. Team captains should answer ‘yes’ if most members of your team are based at a desk during working hours.

Currently there is no app connected to the Active Travel Logger. If you have a fitness tracker or an app on your smart phone, you’re welcome to use these to track your steps. However you will still have to log into your account on the Active Travel Logger to update your steps on a regular basis. There is a back log window of 8 days. Your Team Captain can also log on your behalf.

Whatever way you track your steps – you must use the same counter for the entire challenge.

Please contact with the details of your team name and changes. If a new member is being substituted or is dropping out, please let us know as soon as possible.

If you miss the deadline your steps will not appear until the subsequent Leaderboard. However, please note that you will only be able to backlog steps for up to 8 days throughout the challenge. The cut off for entering steps for the previous week up to and including Sunday is 2pm the following Monday with the cut off for entering the steps for the final week of the challenge being 2pm on Tuesday 4th April.

If you enter the wrong number of steps you should log back into your Active Travel Logger account as soon as possible and resubmit your steps for the date in question. If you are unable to do so please email

If your technical difficulty is related to your internet connection on campus/workplace, then you will need to contact the IT Department on your campus. Alternatively contact with the details of your issue and any errors messages you see.

If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact us, email

Terms and Conditions

Use of this site constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. The National Transport Authority reserves the right to make changes to this site and these terms and conditions at any time.

Details of prizes for TFI Smarter Travel Challenges will be announced on the relevant prizes pages.

Prize winners names/ organisation will be published on our website, reports, social media and other events/ publications associated with the TFI Smarter Travel programmes and the National Transport Authority.

Winners may also be asked to participate in a publicity shoot. By participating in any photo shoots associated with Authority challenges or events, you consent to the use/ publication by the Authority of these images.

To be eligible for Prizes, winners must be resident in the Republic of Ireland, and be employees of an active TFI Smarter Travel Workplaces  Partner organisation.

In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to TFI Smarter Travel Competitions or Challenges, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

The Authority reserves the right to award all, some or none of the prizes associated with any event or challenge.