More variety for Running Challenges

Running challenges are fairly one-dimensional at present, offering just the MTS, half marathon and 10km challenges.

It would be nice to see the same sort of variety as cyclists get on Strava: elevation gains, longer term challenges and the like.  This would be especially pertinent considering the coverage of Kilian Journet becoming a Strava Pro, so for example, you climb the amount of elevation of one of his famous climbs

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  • Yes please!  I've contacted Strava staff about this for some time now, but just saw another cycling climb challenge... 

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  • Well providing some further suggestions might help tick things along. I'll throw some ideas out there for other types of challenges as well:

    • "Run every day for a month" — Consistency challenge. Week, month, fortnight, etc. 
    • "Run a 5K in under 20min" — Time limit imposed. Smaller distances not used generally because they're not exactly a challenge... however adding the timed element changes that.  
    • "Run for X km. where avg. temp is +/- Y" — Heat based challenge for summer, and cold ones for winter.
      E.g. run for 1 hour in 0C/32F- weather earns you the "Cold badge" [or whatever you want to call it]. Do a similar run where the temp avg. is 30C/86F+ earns the "Over-Baked Running" badge.
    • "Elevation gain" — Head for the hills ed. Not sure what is reasonable. 1,000m (3,000ft) in a month?
    • "Suffer-fest" — Suffer-score based challenges, or HRM based. Score over 300+ "Hard" status achieved.

    This tends to 'gamify' things. Whether that's the way Strava wants to go or not.. anyway, just some suggestions.

    Cheers

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  • "Summer of 1,000 Miles"

    Start Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 23rd) and go to Labor Day Monday in the United States.  It's 109 days from start to finish.  Try to get in 1,000 miles (~1,600km).  Badges every 125 miles (200 km) along the way.

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  • Great suggestions, thanks for your input Conza.

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  • Hi Strava, can you please update us on running climbing challenges?

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  • Please add elevation challenges for runners. A lot of us run in the mountains. Strava has it for cycling, and it should have it for running too. Just look to the popularity of races like the Mt. Washington Road Race or trail races around the world. Many, if not most, trail races have significant elevation gain that isn't seen on the roads. 

    FYI, I contacted Strava staff but they told me to find a forum like this and post there. So here it is. It'll only happen if enough people post, so tell all your friends. 

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  • Agreed an evaluation feature for running world be great 

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  • Vert, come on....  I was excited when I saw some 20k elevation challenge on the site a while back.  But it turned out to just be a cycling thing.  Let's have our own 20k challenge for running for March.

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  • Strava, every single month, I'm seeing less and less value in my Premium membership. Sorry, but as a runner, I just don't see the value.  A simple climbing challenge would be nice, but your lack of response is not perceived as a positive action to the customer.  

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  • I like Conza's challenges. The "Sub 20min 5K" and "Run every day for a month" challenges sound fun.  Gotta get more variation challenges in, at least for runners.

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  • Really want climb run !

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  • I have only ever seen one elevation challenge for runners on Strava, that was over a year ago, about time we had another one.

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  • +1 for 5k challenges.  It doesn't even need to be "Sub-20 5k", as for some that is not even a challenge.  But you could pose a "Run a new 5k PB" challenge which would be a challenge for everyone.  You already record PBs, so why not make use of them?

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  • Yep, would be great to add more distances. 5K races especially. 

    Love Conza's idea of running each day a week too. 

     

     

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  • Perhaps what is lacking is some commercial incentive? Looking at some prior challenges beyond the basic; there has usually been another organisation involved.

    Tracksmith actually has a "No Days Off!" campaign/look book that is really cool: https://www.tracksmith.com/no-days-off

    I've advised them of the ideas here and hopefully their marketing department considers it a viable option to approach Strava (who would also benefit), and vice versa.

    Makes complete sense to me.

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  • Thanks to everyone for sharing your feedback! I have seen similar feedback on many other social/community channels regarding more diverse run challenges on Strava. The top suggestion trends for the moment seem to be:

    • Challenges based on elevation gain
    • Longer term challenges
    • Consistency challenges for consecutive runs
    • Distance per Time limit Challenges
    • More 5k distance challenges

    Please continue pitching your ideas for better run challenges - know your ideas are reaching the right people! Thanks. 

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  • Hello! We've created a new forum to collect feedback around Strava Challenges. Please check it out here: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/65545544

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  • i hope for more shorter speed running challenges like 1500m/1 mile and 5k

    also elevation challenges for runners, and speed type challengers for cyclists... eg fastest 40k ( if possible :)

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  • I am an avid hiker. Opting into the Run Climbing Challenge however doesn't give me any credit for activities declared as "Hike" or "Walk". Why is this different?

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  • Another way to incorporate short distance challenges would be to have an elevation gain per distance challenge, e.g. 'Complete a single run less than 10km, that gains at least 200m in elevation', 'Complete a run between 3 and 5km that gains at least 150m in elevation' - would reward people for doing short but beasty runs!

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