iRunFar Holiday Run Challenge on Strava

Join the iRunFar Holiday Run Challenge

By on December 22, 2012 | Comments
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 running hat or visor. Now get out there and run this holiday season – I know I will be!

Happy trails (and holidays),


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 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.

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.