Challenges

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  • How can I create a custom challenge for my running club? I looked all over the support forum and couldn't find any posts on creating customs challenges at all. This would be an important feature because it would enhance user experience, increase club participation and provide better connectedness and motivation opportunities.

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  • How does a person or a company create an official Strava challenge? Thx.

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  • Due to the great demand on Challenges, we are unable to accommodate requests for self-serve, club-based, or private Challenges at this time. As of now, Challenges are only run in conjunction with Strava and are done in partnership with endemic and global brands in running or cycling.

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  • Garmin offer this facility. I pay for Strava, and you don't. Surely it should be added to the list of developments?

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  • There should be the possibilty to hide challenges from my dashboard. I don't want to see who joined this and that challenge, sometimes there are 20 or so posts because people I follow join challenges...

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  • Strava has something to do about some people entering climbing challenges and showing insane amount of climbing, likely, due so faulty barometric in their devices.

    It shouldn't be difficult to detect those on upload, because, from my experience looking at a few of those activities, huge elevation spikes occur pretty much instantly, for example suddenly jumping 60,000 ft up. Strava could detect those unreal elevation changes and just automatically apply elevation correction. Simple solution, and it would mostly fix the problem. Does that sound reasonable?

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  • Auto detection of fake activities ?

    There are 168 hours in a week, but many of the challenge leader boards at the moment are being “won” by somebody who is averaging over 400 hours of activity per week. As Strava already has the data surely it would be possible to automatically flag something that is mathematically impossible ? The same guy is “climbing” 99,999m every day. Surely you should be able to detect that is fake ?

    Another person in the cycling climbing challenge has supposedly done over 99,000m in two rides.....that’s 5 Everest’s per ride. Surely your AI should be able to flag that as unreliable ?

    Update: approx 370 hours into the month of October and “Buk Lao” has “done” over 7,000 hours of activity, including one 98 hour, 470 km swim (!!), with over 899,000m elevation in 108,000 kms of activity. Something else that your AI should be able to flag as dubious ?

    One of Strava’s selling points for subscribers is full access to leaderboards, but some people are certain to wonder why they should pay for something when it is so obviously easy to cheat ?

    Why not set a maximum limit for activities, such as world record pace, and then automatically disallow anything that exceeds that. Then there will not be people “running” on motorbikes, or “cycling” in cars, either deliberately cheating or because they genuinely forgot to stop their device.

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  • Totally agree with Mike Nottingham that Strava should apply some simple checks to root out fake activities; there is a guy doing 13-second km (~275 kph!) leading the 5km running challenge currently.  With increasing age I am looking at the 70-74 age group at the moment and apart from a few dubious performances it is not too bad, but the 75+ is totally useless, being filled with people of all ages with impossible times for that age-group; I suspect that many of those have entered their age incorrectly and because it's 75+ Strava sweeps up all unlikely ages into that group.  It would be better to at least cap it at 79 and then introduce other 5-year groups up to 100, say.  The Challenge facility is great but please do something to stop it being unintentionally or intentionally wrecked.

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  • Oftentimes, a user will have signed up for multiple challenges which are running concurrently. It would be great if Strava let the user choose the banner to be displayed. As an example, I’m currently in the Poland Spring 5M kickoff and the Virtual NYCM.
    Strava is displaying the 5M banner and I would want the NYCM achievement to be displayed.

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  • I want a feature allowing you to create a challenge for a fundraising effort. By having this in Strava, anyone interested in the fundraising attempt would be able to see the basic details but then also the activities completed towards completing it. It would allow me to set a long term challenge for which people could sponsor me for. I think this would be helpful as it would provide visibility, both for me and others, to see how I’m progressing towards the overall target. By allowing people to comment on the challenge, this would allow people to post motivational messages and share my progress. This could be extended to then allow other Strava users to combine together in completing team fundraising challenges.

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  • Challenge leaderboards.

    Unless I am missing something, at the moment the only way to move through the leaderboards is to scroll down, click next page, wait for the next page to load and repeat ....which could be quite a few times until you get to the page wanted. 

    Could you have a drop down menu for positions 1-50, 51-100, 101-150, etc ?. Or be able to click up to 5 pages back or forward ?

    (if I am missing something obvious, somebody please enlighten me because I will never be on the first page.....or second or third or ..... 😀 😀  It takes a lot of clicks to get to my position 😀 😀 )

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  • The Ability to turn off "So and So joined a Challenge" in my feed.

    It's too much, I really couldn't care less. I think it's a relatively new feature, I've can't remember bothering me this much before.

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  • Strava should invest in machine learning algorithms to spot fake efforts such doing a cycling activity in a car or a running activity on a bicycle, or having a faulty barometer. I bet there are certain patterns that could be based on coefficient of variance and ranges of pace or elevation , or something like that.

    If I can distinguish cycling from running by looking at the graphs, the algorithm should be able too.

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  • There are a few monthly challenges that are segment related.

    It is unclear to me if we need to be physically at that location or if we can still participate everywhere in the world on a course with same distance/elevation ?

    For example: There are currently two such segment running challenges:

    Desafio PRO Training Camp - Correndo em busca do KOM/QOM

    Komazawa Challenge by Setagaya 246 Online Half Marathon

    Can someone explain this to me? Can I still obtain trophies for these Brazil/Japan segments all the way from Montreal, Canada?

    Thanks a bunch!

    Fred.

     

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  • Frederick....from reading the info the answer seems to be no. It seems that the first one is a triathlete training camp, so you have to be part of that. And  the other one is, according to Google Translate, a bit confusing...first the event link  says the event has been cancelled, then it says there is a virtual race, and then there is something at a famous running circuit in japan ? The challenge info seems to say it is at the athletics stadium, which happens to be a Strava segment.

     

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  • Please, please allow us to hide people joining challenges from our feed. It feels like meaningless spam. 🤨

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  • Is it a good idea add official Strava challanges that are on a yearly basis? For example we have distance challanges to run 100km in a month why not add 1000/2500/5000 a year?

    It sure would motivate me to run some more just for earning a badge :)

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  • Toggle to show challenges in Imperial measurements instead of metric

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  • It would be nice to have some easier riding challenges. Runners get 5k and 10k (maybe an hours exercise) and maybe other short distances but the shortest a cyclist gets is 100k which is an all day exercise. Thankyou.

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