Local Walking Programs and Events

Come join your local community in the most popular form of exercise—walking! It's relaxing, requires little athletic skill, and is great for your mind and self-esteem. Here is a listing of walking programs and events right here in the Champaign-Urbana area.

If you're looking for information on seasonal or annual walking events, like the East Central Illinois Heart Walk, check out our Walking Event Calendar below! Did we miss an event? Let us know! Contact us at or (217) 265-9355 (WELL).

View the Special Walking Events Calendar

Ongoing Walking Programs

Ridgewalkers Walking Club—American Volkssport Association

Start: Phillips Rec Center, 505 W. Stoughton, Urbana at 7 p.m. 
When: 2nd Monday of every month 
Contact: Kimberly Bradley at (217) 778-1718,

Year-Round Walking Facilities

Campus Recreation (ARC & CRCE)

Indoor tracks at ARC and CRCE facilities 
Membership fees

Armory Track

505 East Armory, Champaign, Illinois 61820 
Lane One: 1/8 of a mile, Lane Six: 1/7 of a mile 
Membership and more information


2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign, IL 61822 
16 laps = 1 mile on their indoor track 
Membership information

Links to more online info about walking

Local Info


Campus service for faculty staff and students needing safe transportation at night

Safe Routes to School 
Local chapter of national organization promoting safe walking and cycling to school for children

CU Regional Planning Commission

Source for downloadable maps and info on local greenways and trails

General info

America on the Move 
Provides strategies for increasing physical activity, eating healthfully and managing weight

America Walks 
Advocacy group helping create more walkable communities

America's Walking 
Provides practical tips on walking

Physical Activity for Everyone (CDC) 
Outlines the national physical activity guidelines and provides tips on how to reach them

Safe Routes to School

National organization promoting safe walking and cycling to school for children

Mayo Clinic Walk Site
Everything you ever wanted to know about walking

Washington State Dept. of Transportation 
Info on safe walking