Join iRunFar’s Kristmas Kamp 2013 on Strava

iRunFar Kristmas Kamp 2013Happy holidays, iRunFar readers!

Bryon here to challenge for you over the busiest part of the holiday season for the second-straight year. Again, I challenge you to run 50 miles or more (we’d love to see how much more you can log, too!) 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!

Last year, we partnered with Strava to set up a “challenge.” This year, we’re using Strava’s new club feature to create a club specifically for this challenge. It’s the iRunFar Kristmas Kamp 2013.* A communal endeavor is 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 join the club) 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 Club, all your runs logged will automatically be updated on the leaderboard. We won’t have a nine-day total, but you’ll be able to see how you stack up each of the two weeks.

Need more info? Check out How It Works.

To make it even more fun? Find your friends on Strava using the Explore feature (you can find me here), 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.

* To anyone upset by the spelling of Christmas in Kristmas Kamp, please know that spelling merely continues the (krazy spelling) tradition set by AJW and his annual Turkey Kamp around Thanksgiving.

There are 5 comments

  1. RyanMcCrickerd

    Just to say thanks again for organising this, Bryon.

    I hadn't used Strava before, but it seems a great way to stay connected to runners from all around the world (not to mention the fun of tracking the pros – I'm sure that you will have noticed me tracking Sage mile-for-mile?…not).

    I'd certainly be keen to join an all-year-round iRunFar Strava "club"…

  2. Andy

    This is one time where being a Luddite hurts. No GPS, no smart phone, just running on feel and, occasionally, approximating mileage and elevation with a combination of Mapmyrun and data gathered from others or from known routes.

    So I can't upload my challenge data to Strava, but want someone to know that from my 12.5 miles on hilly dirt roads on 12/24 to my 14 miles today at a Shenipsit Striders fat-ass event (around a 2.8 mile loop trail), I logged 51.5 miles.

    Maybe next year Santa will put a Suunto in my low-tech stocking.

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