Count your steps (and more) in Old Ellicott City during January’s

Let’s get off on the right foot in 2022 by walking the hills of Old Ellicott City!  Be a part of our wellness challenge and we’ll reward you.

Put on your sneakers and hit our streets for the newest way to have fun in OEC.  Pick your course, load a pedometer app, and start walking.  See our fun fitness facts along the way with QR codes to take you to the form to log your steps.  Don’t have an app?  Convert your distance to steps HERE. 

 All participants in the month of January receive a free day pass to Roger Carter Community Center. Folks with the most steps are entered for weekly drawings to win a 6 month membership to RCCC where you can walk, run, swim, lift, row, bike, and climb to your heart’s content.  At month’s end, the one with the most steps wins a 1 year pass to RCCC.  OEC businesses are in on the fun too, offering wellness inspired specials all month long.

To get your RCCC day pass, simply go to Roger Carter (3000 Milltowne Drive) anytime starting the week following your first logged steps, through the end of March. The friendly people at the front desk will have a complete list of day pass winners.

There are plenty of ways to challenge yourself!  In addition to two different outdoor walk routes, six indoor challenges await you at Roger Carter.  Choose one and master it or mix and match all month long. 


Main Street Challenge
Great for folks of all ages, this 1 mile round trip walks you past the 1780 Thomas Issac Log Cabin, the original 1939 post office (now the Howard County Welcome Center), and the 1831 B&O Railroad Museum, the oldest surviving railroad depot in America.  Cross the scenic Patapsco River, wave at the 1789 George Ellicott House then turn around and head back up the hill passing the natural granite outcroppings, the 1889 Firehouse Museum and the 70+ current awesome small businesses.  

Main Street PLUS Challenge
Up your challenge (literally) with the additional uphill 1.25 mile extension that continues past the log cabin, up Ellicott Mills, down Court House Drive, and back into town by way of the staircase and a stroll along the Hudson branch.  This route takes you near the historic 1837 Patapsco Female Institute, 1828 Mount Ida and the 1851 Jail and 1843 Circuit Courthouse.

RCCC Challenges
Take your walking (or running) inside or choose from a variety of other heart healthy options:
30 Minutes on exercise bike
20 Minutes on rowing machine
20 Minutes of lap swim in the pool
Up & Down climb on the rock wall
Walk 1 mile (16-1/2 laps) on walking track
Run/Jog 3 miles on treadmill

What are you waiting for?  Start moving and keep track of your accomplishments BELOW.

Walk About EC Progress Report