iRunFar Holiday Run Challenge on Strava

iRunFar Holiday Challenge

Get out and run 50 miles from December 24 through January 1.

Hey iRunFar Readers,

Bryon here with a challenge for you over the busiest part of the holiday season. Run 50 miles or more (we’d love to see what you can log) from December 24th through January 1st. Yeah, that’s nine days… but nine days filled with gravy and grandma, football and feasts, presents and parties. Amidst all of that, get out there and make some time for yourself and your running!

We’ve partnered with Strava to provide a public platform for the iRunFar Holiday Run Challenge. A little community (and pride) are great for motivating one to get out there for a run when it’s cold, you’ve stuffed yourself silly, and you still have 83 presents to wrap. You can do it! As a bit of extra motivation, we’ll be giving 10 entrants (all you need to do is sign up) their choice of an iRunFar hat or visor. Now get out there and run this holiday season – I know I will be!

Happy trails (and holidays),

Bryon

Ps. It’d be awesome if you left comments with accounts of some of your eventful or meaningful holidays season runs. Pictures are great, too!

How to Use Strava and Join the Challenge

You’ve never been on Strava?  No problem, it’s easy. Sign up for free at www.strava.com with your email address or go to the iOS or Android app store and download the Strava Run app. You’ll need to either use a Garmin device or the app to record your runs for them to count.

For a Garmin device, once you’ve completed your run simply plug it in to your computer (make sure you’ve downloaded the Garmin plug-in!) and click the ‘Upload Activity’ button. Strava will recognize the device and then the activities to sync them with the website.

From the Strava app, start a run, put the phone in your pocket and when you’re done, hit finish!  You’re all set.

Once you’ve joined the Challenge all your runs logged will automatically be updated on the leaderboard.

Need more info? Check out How It Works.

To make it even more fun? Find your friends on Strava using the Explore feature, follow them and then show them what you’ve got. Maybe give them kudos, maybe say something or maybe just stalk their activities so you’re motivated to go just a little bit further.

There are 97 comments

  1. Sam Winebaum

    Tried Strava on the Basin Recreation Track in Park City. Sadly it quit somewhere along the way and I relaunched. I did about 6.2 and it said 5.3 'cause it took a nap for a while. Guess I'll have to double and do some Round Valley in the snow to keep in the game. Teaches me to run inside! 2 days of tele and no run has me behind.

  2. Larissa

    Hi Andre – you will have to go to settings and display preferences and change your default sport to running. I can do it for you if you tell me your strava account name (I work there!). Let me know if you have any other issues. (larissa at strava dot com)

  3. Erik Bahnsen

    I've signed up and have been logging my miles but my name never appears though.So far 19 miles.

    Does going to Leadville and running at 10,000 feet decrease my needed miles?

    1. Larissa

      Hi Erik,

      You'll need to log the miles either via a Garmin watch or the iPhone/Android Strava Run app for it to count. Let me know if you have any questions about how it works. Thanks!

  4. Erik Bahnsen

    Thanks Larissa,

    So my manual entry wont count? Oh well it doesn't really matter, I am enjoying the challenge.

    I have an old phone with no apps, a timex GPS watch, and training peaks account.

    Erik

  5. pdc

    Not on the list Byron. I'm all about the technical. The list: Maryland/Loudoun heights scramble; lamb knoll AT; old rag; sugarloaf mtn blue&white; Frederick watershed; greenbrier lake & AT; billy goat trail; lambs knoll reprise. Today its the rag…god help me

  6. Ron Jones

    I just stumbled upon this challenge today. I joined Strava a couple of weeks ago for tracking my cycling and running. Currently, I'm using an old computer so I can only upload from my Garmin once a week when I visit my wife's family with a fancy Mac that supports Garmin's software. I am three days behind on the challenge. It definitely looks like I will be running New Year's Day as well.

    I hope to see more of these in the future. It's a fun way to "meet" fellow runners across the country and world.

  7. Ron Jones

    HI, Larissa,

    I use Strava to track my cycling and running for triathlon training. Do I need to change my default sport every time I want to upload running and cycling individually? I have been converting the bikes to runs later just by selecting the lowest distance activities. Speaking of Tri, are there plans to add swimming distance?

    1. Larissa

      Hi Ron,

      You shouldn't have to in that we have an algorithm for that very reason which is supposed to recognize whether it is a ride or run. You might just be running too fast :-). If it keeps coming up, send a ticket to our support team ([email protected]) and they can probably help you out.

      We do have plans to pursue triathlons down the road and if you have a GPS device that can go in the water (the Garmin 910XT does) we have a swim option. I can't vouch for the accuracy but I know others who use it.

  8. Bryon Powell

    Yeah, Martin, this scope of the Challenge has far exceeded my expectations! At this point, I'm hoping that we have over 1,000 actual participants and well over 30,000 miles by the time this wraps up.

    1. Martin from Italy

      Amazing!

      It certainly helped me ramp up some good base miles over this week. Presently sitting at 59 miles and aiming to reach 80.

      65 runners have already reached the 50 mile target and plenty more look as though they will reach the target in the next 3 days.

  9. Erik Bahnsen

    Ok I only have 14 miles to go and 2 days. Just spent the last few in Leadville. So much respect for flatlanders who come out and race at this elevation. I ran/walk around town and got my ass kicked. My twins were up all night puking,coughing talking in there sleep from elevation also.

  10. Michael Gildea

    I love the challenge. It gave me the motivation to run extra miles yesterday just so I could get closer to the 50 mile goal. Running the VHTRC Redeye tomorrow at Prince William Forest Park. I hope this puts me over the top.

  11. Erik Bahnsen

    Ok getting ready to go out and run my last 4 miles. It will put me just a blip over the 50 mile mark. I manually uploaded my activities to Strava which I know won't count . It has been fun regardless, a great way to stay focused over the holidays. Next year lets do a challenge between Thanksgiving and New Year.

    Happy New Year,

    Erik

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