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Half marathon badge disappeared!!!

 Hello!

For January 2019 there's NO half marathon badge! Why? Nobody asked us, and just deleted it??? It's good to add a new badge "5km virtual race". But still - why was the HM badge removed? Anybody died running?

I want the HM badge back! It helps me to motivate myself to run the distance, and to compare my progress to other Strava members.

Any help???

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  • Official comment

    Hi Folks,

    We've made some changes to the existing Strava Challenge experience. This includes the removal of a few monthly Challenges you might be used to and the introduction of some new Challenge types. We're currently exploring options that will allow us to improve and expand Strava Challenges so please stay tuned for further updates!

    Cheers. 

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  • i support this initiative !

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  • I agree,
    Strava team, please add January HM badge to change list.

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  • Yes! Please, Strava - give us a HM challenge for January!

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  • Supporting the question!

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  • Well said Rafal! It’s a tough but achievable goal!

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  • Absolutely right!

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  • I support this! And I was getting excited to make 2019 a "one HM every month" year!

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  • I agree its a good mid target for people training... Bring it back!

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  • I also vote for bringing it back for sure! Why did it disappear in the first place? 

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  • Bring it back indeed!

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  • I agree, Bring it back!! It was my target to run each month a HM in 2019....Bring it back!!!

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  • I agree. Whats really annoying is I did a half this month and looked forward to claiming the badge. I feel a bit robbed now.....

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  • Yes, please.

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  • I find myself here looking for answers yet no moderators are giving us anything. Why the change? I ran yesterday a HM and I was 100% sure that I clicked on "Join" (as we all do) at the end of December. Yet no badge. This change is bollocks, maybe ditch the 10K, which is laughable anyway. Bring back the HM !!!! :(

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  • To Jess: I appreciate that you’re trying out new challenges. Still I hope you bring the HM challenge back. A 5K challenge is a poor replacement for those of us who rarely run shorter than 10K during the week.

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  • Seems to me that Jess served us a standard corporate BS reply. Talking big words yet saying nothing concrete.

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  • I agree 100%.  Please add more, I appreciate collecting them.  But why take them away?  Was their code taking up too much room?  


    Decisions like this and the changes to the summit membership will make me cancel my direct debit.

     

    Thank you.


    Steven

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  • Please bring back the half marathon badge! It has always encouraged to run those few extra miles and I'm sure I'm not alone. 

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  • Maybe a compromise is in order. Blend the 10K and Half Marathon Challenges into one "Ten Mile" or "15K Challenge"?
    If you're going to drop a challenge, I'd nominate the monthly elevation gain challenges. Many of us reside in very flat states (Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Kansas, etc..) We don't even have the option of gaining elevation. At least with distance challenges, it's a personal choice we have the option of participating or not. But in flat states, the choice of participating or not is completely removed because of geography.

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  • No! Don’t remove the climbing challenge! It’s not for everybody, but the same can be said of the HM challenge.

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  • I vote for the half marathon badge back! My whole running group is missing it, some of them had competed half marathons every month for two years because they were on a badge streak... You've crushed their motivation. Surely it can't be too much more admin to continue old badges with new challenges? Thank you, Jane

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  • Jeff!

    Please, give us at least one reason why the HM badge was removed! Still no answer, and no HM Badge back!!!

    I will not pay a broken penny to Strava, when the challenge will not come back! No way!!!

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  • No HM badge for March :( 

    Were they removed because of the NYRR virtual HM? That’s not a replacement!

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  • Hi everyone,

    I do fully support the come-back of the half-marathon badge. There is no reason why it should have been removed. It has been an important motivation in my running training the past years. And motivation is more than 50% of why I pay to use all Strava features. If you go on killing the motivation, I could as well quit Strava and do my analytics off-line...

    I totally share the opinion that suppressing one of the climbing challenges would have been less a problem.

    Adding a 5km badge is really low hanging fruits to gain new customers, but it is, sorry to say so, laughable for the existing base of paying athletes. If new trophies are so easy that everyone can achieve them, you better just suppress the whole trophy case thing.

    Thank you for seriously rethinking this.

    Christian
    (Summit member)

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  • Is it a money thing that the 1/2 marathon challenge has been quietly removed ?

    Please bring it back and why not a Full Marathon as well.?

    A few strokes of your keyboard should do it :-)  

    John

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  • Thank you Christian for your opinion!

    Great to know, I'm not the only one, altrough there are not many people missing the badge... And one more thing - I'm not the Summit member since February. All because Strava treats us as slaves not partners! They don't even answer simple questions...

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  • Don’t remove climbing badge, in fact add more elevation. This badge is for all the Mountain, Fell & Trail runners out there. These are entirely different sports compared to flat road racing. I like the idea of the 5k badge. To me this makes running and Strava more inclusive. However, I also agree that removing the half for some people is a huge demotivator - the more inclusive badges the more engagement. Imagine some couch to 5k non runner completing their first Strava badge and looking up to the goal of Half Marathon? If you know non runners, this is their dream.

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