Our hotel, the Gaylord Texan, is a big hotel property and you are going to cover a lot of ground over the three or four days that you are at the convention. We are encouraging attendees to wear comfortable shoes and sneakers and to help you win some prizes, we've brought back the Pedometer challenge this year.  Every step counts! And this year, your $20 contribution will be put towards the ASLRRA Education Fund which will help to provide meeting scholarships and other educational benefits for our railroad membership. It's amazing how much walking you can get in without even trying and with a little extra effort you can really put on the miles and burn the calories all while benefitting the ASLRRA Education Fund. Prizes will include iPads and some other fun gadgets and gizmos.

And unlike other years, we'll be using an app to track your steps using your own device: fitbit, apple watch, smartphone, garmin, you name it and it's supported by this app. So, can you walk 30,000 steps or maybe even 100,000 steps during the convention?

  • Registration fee is $20 (includes mobile app) and all proceeds will be donated to the ASLRRA Education Fund.
  • Sign up and pay online in advance.
  • As the meeting date nears, you will be sent info on how to download the app for our specific pedometer challenge
  • You can also sign up during the convention for $20.
  • We will be able to monitor your number of steps on the app and the competition will close at noon on April 25.
  • Winners will be announced via the mobile app.
  • Winner of the most steps recorded will receive a new iPad! Additional prizes will be randomly drawn.

Some tips to get to 100,000 steps during the convention:

  • Walk up stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator.
  • Walk the long way to a session. (Every way is a long way at this hotel.)
  • Take walking breaks instead of coffee breaks.
  • Join on our morning walks and runs to wake up before conference sessions.
  • If your next conference session is in the same location or a nearby one, walk to the end of the hallway and back before it starts.
  • If someone asks you for directions or where a room is, walk them there instead of just pointing. You might also make a new friend!
  • Keep track of your own mileage and set goals for how far you would like to walk before breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bed.