The Terriers Trek Through Boston Challenge!

April 1st – April 30th

Trek your way into fitness!

We are excited to announce The Terriers Trek Through Boston Challenge, a new and improved team-based activity challenge for Spring 2024!  This year’s Challenge will be hosted on a new platform focusing on a more team-based approach and offering many opportunities for employees to meet their fitness goals including the ability to earn fitness points whilst virtually traversing a custom map through our campuses and the city of Boston.

What’s New this year?

  • You and your team will use a custom map leading your team through our campuses and the city of Boston to get moving and explore your surroundings.
    • In order to participate in this challenge, you must be a part of a team of at least 5 people and a maximum of 20 people. Additional details regarding eligibility for participating in this challenge and how to create and join a team can be found below.
  • By logging your daily physical activity, you will unlock 10 different Boston locations. You will work as a team to reach 4,000 fitness point by the end of the challenge to unlock all the locations!
  • Registration to participate in the challenge and Fitbit® device request forms will now be submitted through the new challenge platform. Important instructions for Team Captains and Team Participants can be found linked below. Please read these instructions carefully before registering to participate in the challenge.
  • The challenge platform can sync with several devices including Fitbit®, Apple, Garmin, and more. Please request a Fitbit® device only if you do not have one of the devices that can sync and if you did not receive one last year. *Fitbit® devices will be available on a first come, first served basis.*
  • If you require a Fitbit® device, you must fill out the Fitbit® request form on the challenge platform by March 13th, 2024.

Registration to participate in The Terriers Trek Through Boston Challenge ended on March 13th, 2024.

If you register on the platform after March 13th, 2024, you will not be able to participate in the challenge this year and we look forward to you joining next year.

Additional details regarding the participation process can be found here.

Please read the below guides carefully in order to participate in this year’s challenge.

*Complete instructions for team captains may be found here.

*Complete instructions for team participants may be found here


All Activity Counts

Similar to last year, this year’s Challenge will count all types of activity, not just steps.  This includes activities such as biking, swimming, dancing, stretching, weightlifting, gardening, and more!

All physical activity logged will automatically be converted to fitness points. The amount of fitness points you earn is directly related to the intensity of the activity and how much of the activity was completed. All physical activity will earn points regardless of whether it is tracked by steps, minutes, or another measurement! Daily fitness points are capped at 200 per person for the purposes of the challenge.

If you plan to ride your bike during this year’s challenge, check out this exciting new resource on campus! From getting a new helmet and lights, to wiping off the winter dust, the BU Cycle Kitchen is ready to help.

 Be Kind to Yourself

While the focus of this challenge is physical activity, this is an opportunity to connect with your colleagues, focus on self-care, and have fun! Our number one goal is to encourage every participant to do the best that they can.

At the end of the day, remember to be kind to yourself if you don’t meet the physical activity goals you set out to meet, and we encourage you to support your team members to do the same. We’re all in this together to have a great time!

 The Only Failure is Not Trying

The Terriers Trek Through Boston Challenge celebrates all participants of the challenge, not just our top performing teams. While the challenge platform will still track top performance, challenge prizes will be provided to randomly selected participants rather than the top performing teams. Give it your best shot, have fun, and support your team.


Key Dates

March 13 Deadline to enroll in the challenge through the challenge platform.
March 13 Deadline to request a Fitbit® device through the challenge platform.
March 25 Fitbits® available for pick up from HR by team captains.
March 29 Last day for Fitbit® pick up from HR by team captains.
April 1 Challenge begins.
April 30 Challenge Ends

In order to participate, employees must have been hired and entered into SAP by March 1st, 2024.


In order to participate, please read the user guides below carefully.

Team Captain Instructions

Participant Instructions

You’re All Winners

We will be celebrating all participants of the Challenge, not just our top performing teams.  While the Challenge platform will still track top performance, Challenge prizes will not be provided based on performance, but rather 3 randomly selected teams who complete the challenge.

Team Prize –Team celebration lunch by Catering on the Charles or Chequers Cafe.

Important Details:

  • We encourage employees of all fitness levels, goals, and abilities to participate. If you require accommodations or direction pertaining to your particular situation, please reach out to
  • If you have any issues registering or logging in to the portal, please contact
  • In order to be eligible to participate, you must be a regular, compensated employee of the University, and you must be employed at BU starting no later than March 1, 2024. If you are hired after March 1, 2024, we look forward to including you in the Challenge next year.
  • If you are newly hired at the University and your record has not been processed by March 1, 2024, you will be unable to participate in this year’s challenge and we look forward to you joining us next year.
  • Students, volunteers, non-compensated, and temporary employees hired through Terrier Temps are not eligible to participate in this Challenge.
  • We have a limited supply of Fitbit® devices for distribution for this Challenge. Fitbit® devices will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis based in the order you complete the Fitbit® Request Form on the challenge platform.  If you received a Fitbit® device during a previous Challenge, we ask that you continue to use that device.  And remember, the device is yours to keep!
  • If you already have a Fitbit® device, you may use it to participate. Devices by other brands such as Garmin, Apple, and Google Fit can be used to sync to the platform.
  • First time Fitbit® users must register devices with Fitbit®.
  • If the team captain does not pick up the devices by March 29th, they will be forfeited by the team and used for the challenge the following year. Team Captain Instructions can be found here.
  • We are not responsible for any lost or malfunctioning devices. If you are having an issue with your device, you should engage Fitbit® directly.  Please contact the Fitbit® Support Team at 877-623-4997 or explore the other support options here.
  • For all portal-related questions, reach out to Portal Support by chat, email or phone.