Strava Challenges

What are Strava Challenges?

Strava offers several types of challenges as a fun way to motivate people to push themselves and accomplish a specific goal. Challenges can last a day, several days or even an entire month. Some of the different types of Challenges available on Strava are:

  • Virtual Races, segment challenges and the monthly series (5K, 10K, half marathon, Gran Fondo, distance and climbing). These challenges will contain a leaderboard and your activity privacy controls will need to be set to Everyone in order to count.
  • New rotating monthly challenges (Strava Commute Challenge, Strava Walk Challenge)  will allow multi-sport activities and activities with any activity privacy controls will count. These will not contain a leaderboard. 
  • Streak challenges ask athletes to complete a certain number of activities for a consecutive number of weeks and do not contain leaderboards. Learn more here.

How do I participate in a Strava Challenge?

Search the Challenge Gallery for open challenges and click the join button for the ones that strike your interest (on the mobile app, use the Explore tab). Strava hosts a variety of different challenges, all of which have different rules and requirements, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the Challenge Official Rules located on the challenge page. In general, you'll need to make sure your activity is marked with the appropriate sport type and visibility setting to count towards the challenge.

Where can I check my progress towards a Challenge?

You can always check the Challenge page to view your progress. On both web and mobile, you’ll find a progress bar on the Challenge page to let you know how close you are to completing. You can also view your progress in currently joined Challenges on your profile page in the mobile app. If you are not seeing any progress toward a challenge goal and/or your results on the challenge leaderboard, then your activities’ privacy controls may not be set to "everyone". You will need to adjust the privacy control for any activities you want to contribute towards challenge goals or to include your results on challenge leaderboards by using the instructions outlined here.

You’ll also get your very own Trophy Case for completion badges, viewable on both web and mobile.

Challenge Leaderboards

Some Strava Challenges have a leaderboard that ranks all Strava athletes who are participating in the Challenge. Once you start uploading activities you’ll see your status on the leaderboard.

  • How is my pace/ place calculated on the Challenge leaderboard?
    • Runs
      • For single activity distance challenges, such as the monthly 10k or half marathon, you’ll be ranked by your pace.
        • Your position on the Leaderboard is based on the fastest average pace of any activities that meets (or exceeds) the Challenge goal requirement.
        • The average pace is taken based on elapsed time and includes the entire duration of the qualifying activity.
      • For cumulative distance or elevation challenges, such as the monthly distance or climbing challenge, you’ll be ranked by your total distance or elevation.
    • Rides
      • For single activity distance challenges, such as the monthly Gran Fondo, you’ll be ranked by your longest distance activity.
      • For cumulative distance or elevation challenges, such as the monthly climbing, you’ll be ranked by total distance or elevation.
  • How can I flag false data?

Challenge Prizes

Sometimes we’ll partner with other brands to sponsor challenges that offer prizes. Due to restrictions in certain countries, we’re unable to offer prize redemption options to everyone, but we choose to keep participation to the challenge open to all. Prize eligibility and fulfillment is at the sole discretion of the partner hosting the Challenge. For any questions related to prize eligibility and redemption please contact the partner directly. Please be sure to read the page for that specific challenge for more details pertaining to any rewards and be sure to:

  • Have a valid email on your account.
  • Have the notifications for "when you complete a challenge that has a reward" turned ON. You’ll find this setting by logging into your account on the Strava website under Settings > Email Notifications > Challenges. More information below.

Challenge Notifications

You can control whether you'd like to receive email or push notifications related to challenges from the Strava website or mobile respectively. To opt-in or out of email notifications, log into your account on the Strava website and hover over your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner, and select Settings > Email Notifications. To opt-in or out of push notifications, from the mobile app, navigate to Profile > Settings (gear icon) > Push Notifications. You'll have the option to receive notifications about the following:

  • When someone shares a challenge with you.
  • When someone invites you to a challenge.
  • When you've joined, made progress on, or completed a challenge.
  • When you complete a challenge that has a reward, donation, or an opportunity to learn more.

Tips and Tricks

  • New to Strava? Check out our Getting Started Guides for mobile and web.
  • Already have a dedicated GPS device? Find out how to upload to Strava from yours.
  • Set up your device for success:
    • Record a test activity and get familiar with the recording and upload process (recording guides for iOS and Android).
    • Give your phone (or other GPS devices) time to acquire a solid GPS connection.
    • Close other apps before using Strava.
  • To ensure you meet the Challenge goal, we recommend you run or ride a small amount over the required distance (about .5km/.3mi for runs and 3 km/2 mi for rides). GPS isn't perfect so this will help accommodate data inaccuracies.
  • Having trouble uploading? Here are some helpful tips to help troubleshoot for iOS and Android.
  • Be sure to have your Email Notifications ON to receive important updates and prize information.
  • Activities aren't counting towards a Challenge? Try these suggestions.
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