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Camino de Santiago de Compostela

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Join Get Healthy Now’s next challenge- The Camino de Santiago Challenge, and support your UofL colleague, Brian Buford, as he embarks upon the real Camino—a 500-mile trek across Northern Spain. Discover a new beginning, the journey itself and travel like never before on the historical Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James). We've created this Challenge to collectively walk together in support of Brian's journey and to rejuvenate your spirit along the way. Keeping reading to find out more...

Travel 800 kilometers in 60 seconds and get a sneak peek of what this journey will entail:


Challenge Details:

June 1st starts the Camino de Santiago de Compostela challenge to promote all aspects of wellness. The goal of this challenge is to support Brian by actively participating in the challenge and to rejuvenate your own spirit along the way! Throughout the challenge, ALL employees are encouraged to participate in some form of physical activity for 30 minutes a day, every day during the month of June. Your spouse/QA can join the challenge too!

How to Register for the Challenge:

    1. Fill out the Agreement to Participate form and submit to Get Healthy Now via email or fax: 852-6654
    2. Log your activity from June 1st-30th in an official Camino Passport (available in print or digital format)
    3. Participating pilgrims who have received 15+ stamps will be eligible for GHN’s Camino Challenge incentives. Additionally, pilgrims who have received 30 stamps will be eligible to earn one of three AWESOME Grand Prizes!
    • EVERY participant will receive a pilgrim’s passport.
      • For every 30 minutes of activity, the “pilgrim” will receive a stamp in their passport (at one of the locations below or digitally).
      • Each time the participant gets a stamp in their passport, their name will be entered each week to earn a prize.
        • A name will be chosen each Friday throughout the challenge.
    • Pick up your passport and get it stamped:
      • Belknap: Crawford Gym LL Rm 17
      • HSC: Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m., HSC Fitness Facility in the Chestnut St. Parking Garage
      • Shelby: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Burhans Hall (Front Steps)
      • To receive a passport in campus mail, email Get Healthy Now with the following:

        • Name, Phone, Email, Campus, Building, Room #
      • For more details, read through the Instructions for Using Your Print Passport
    • A digital passport is also available!
      • We will stamp your passport for the days you completed at least 30 minutes of physical activity and return it to you. (See FAQ's below)
      • For more details, read through the Instructions for Using Your Digital Passport
    • Encourage your colleagues, supervisors, friends on campus, and your spouse/QA to sign up, too! There is strength in numbers!

Become a Pilgrim

      • Reflect upon your 'life dream,' which Brian will symbolically "carry" along the Camino and deliver to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela!
        • Start with this question: If you could change one thing about your mind, soul, body, or heart, what would it be?
        • Submit your 'life dream' for Brian to deliver to the Cathedral:
        • Keep moving along your journey with this focus in mind!
      • Every pilgim who logs and participates in the journey until the half-way point (June 15th) will receive a scallop shell--the official symbol of the Camino.
      • At the end of June, each participant who has logged and reached 30 minutes per day will earn a certificate stating that the pilgrim has completed the challenge.
      • Post-Camino Celebration: July 6th from 12-2 p.m. (more details to come!)
        • Grand Prize Drawing


Q: Can I join the Challenge after June 1?

A: Yes! We will accept participants through June 15th

Q: If I miss a day of activity or join the challenge late, will I be able to receive stamps for the days missed?

A: Yes! If you, for example, miss a Sunday, you can either do 60 minutes of activity on Monday and “credit” 30 minutes to Sunday, or you may do 45 minutes of activity on Monday and again on Tuesday, and added together, those 30 minutes can be “credited” to Sunday. However, we will only accept 15 minutes or more of activity in increments in order to provide a high level of customer service to ALL pilgrims.

Q: Can I “double-dip” with the UofL vs. UK Moving for Healthy Hearts Challenge?

A: Of course! We welcome it, in fact. Just remember to log all activities in both your Pilgrim Passport and online at:

Q: Is walking the only exercise that counts as activity?

A: No. Walking is a great way to be physically active, but there are many other activities as well. You may do strength training, swimming, cycling, or dancing. Even mowing the lawn (as long as it’s not a riding mower) counts! Any activity that gets your heart rate up and keeps you moving for a continued period of time.

Q: Do I have to do all 30 minutes at once?

A. No. You may break up the 30 minutes throughout the day. For example, you may walk for 10 minute in the morning, do 10 minutes of swimming in the afternoon, and do 10 minutes of cycling in the evening.

Post-Camino Celebration:

Join us to hear stories and see photos of Brian’s adventure.  Come mingle with other pilgrims and share your Camino successes! Earn prizes, sample local fruit, receive your hard-earned incentives, and more!

  • Who: You, Brian, and all the UofL Pilgrims
  • When: Friday, July 6th
  • Where: Chao Auditorium (Ekstrom Library)
  • Time:  12-2pm
    • Main Program: 12-1 p.m.
    • Pick-up your incentives: 12-2 p.m.
  • RSVP via email or on our Facebook page.

Kickoff Event:

On Thursday May 24th we’ll be sending Brian off for his exciting journey! Drop by anytime between 12-2 p.m. in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  RSVP for the kick-off event on our Facebook page!

The goal of this challenge is to support Brian by actively participating in the event and to rejuvenate your own spirit along the way!  At the event, you'll have the opportunity to collect your Pilgrim Passport, write down your life dream for Brian to carry on the Camino, and find out all about what the journey ahead entails.

If you can’t attend the event, email Get Healthy Now and we’ll send your Pilgrim Passport and supporting details. Include the following:
      • Name:
      • Phone #:
      • Email:
      • Building:
      • Campus:

Brian Buford’s Camino

"People have been making this pilgrimage for over a thousand years, mostly as part of a beautiful Catholic religious practice that starts in Southern France and culminates at the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  People carry their prayers and dreams with them to the cathedral in hopes of seeing them come true.” – Brian Buford

Get Healthy Now hosted weekly walks on each campus from June 1st through June 29th:

  • HSC: Mondays 12-12:30 p.m., Mayor's Mile (Front of University Hospital, Jackson St.)
  • Belknap: Wednesdays 12-12:30 p.m., Cardinal Park (Joe Kitchen Memorial Pavilion)
  • Shelby: Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Burhans Hall (Front Steps)

About the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Today tens of thousands of pilgrims and many other travelers set out each year to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey. In addition to people undertaking a religious pilgrimage, the majority are travelers and hikers who walk the route for non-religious reasons: travel, sport, or simply the challenge of weeks of walking in a foreign land. Also, many consider the experience a spiritual adventure to remove themselves from the bustle of modern life. It acts as a retreat for many modern "pilgrims."
Pilgrims walked the Way of St. James, often for months, to arrive at the great church in the main square of Compostela and pay homage to St. James. The silver casket, which holds the remains of St. James, is located directly under the altar in the cathedral.

According to a common medieval legend, the Milky Way was formed from the dust raised by traveling pilgrims- Compostela itself means "field of stars."
Informative video about the Camino:
Rick Steves Camino Travel Video

Movie trailer for “The Way:”
scene from the way
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