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

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  • Please allow us to turn off putting the challenges we join in our follower's feed. You can have this on by default, but knowing it'll put a card in everyone's feed saying I joined a challenge really discourages me from joining challenges.

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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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  • 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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  • I'd love the ability to filter out challenges (and so many other things). Until Strava adds this as an option I've been using uBlock rules to at least hide them. Like:

    strava.com##.challenge
    strava.com##.feed-entry.club
    strava.com##.feed-entry.challenge

     

    and this to get rid of virtual activities:

    strava.com##div.activity:has(span[class*="virtual"])

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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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  • 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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  • Would it be possible to have in our personal preferences/profile, a click box where we opt out of notices in the activities feed regarding clubs and challenges joined?  I'd personally prefer to only have activities in my feed.

    Cheers, and Happy New Year!  :)

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

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  • More Walking challenges

    While running have challenges in regards to stuff like distances (per activity), elevation (total & per activity and more, there are very few (if any) challenges for walking. There are at most ~1-3 realistic challenges that is for walking (excluding challenges that are available to most activity types). 

    There should be challenges available to those who walk that are similar to the challenges for running, but reduced to better fit with what's realistic and healthy for walking.

    Here are a few challenges for running that should and can have similar for walking:

    Distance challenges (per activity)

    * 5 km walk
    * 10 km walk
    * (Half) Marathon
    * Maybe a few around, 3 km, 8 km, 13/15 km too, but that may be a bit too many.

    I have personally had 18 walk activities over 5 km and 8 over 10 km the past 3 months.

    Elevation Gain

    * Climb a total of 500 meters
    * Climb a total of 1.000 meters
    * Climb a total of 2.000 meters

    Other

    * X (for instance 2) activities/weekly for Y weeks
    * X minutes/hours in Y weeks.

    More (easier and realistic) ride challenges

    I have as of late started to use an indoor spinning bike. Unfortunately doesn't the bike have support for recording/connecting to my phone/Apple Watch nor uploading activities, and as it isn't possible to add distance to an indoor ride uploaded from Apple Watch am I uncredited for the distances. This mean that even though indoor ride is included in most ride challenges, I will never be able to reach any of the distance challenges. 

    Therefore, and until I can manually add distances to the indoor ride activities would it be nice to have more challenges. For instance activities using time. 

    There are already some time challenges for rides, but would be nice to have some easier ones. 

    Some final notes

    Have you ever thought about how challenges can lead to people overtraining and being injured just to complete challenges?

    I think you should think about how different people are in their health, fitness etc. It would be interesting if you could look into challenges that vary from user to user to make challenges that encourage healthy training that is suited based on each fitness/health. And it's not like you don't have some data you can base that on already (for instance Fitness & Freshness, Relative Effort and Perceived Exertion can both be used. 

    You have an important responsibility, and it is clear that you're already thinking about people's risk of overtraining in other parts of Strava, but it doesn't seem like this is something you consider when it comes to challenges.

    How far you can go/walk/run is one thing that vary a lot from user to user, but time is more general. I think you should prioritize challenges with small/shorter distances, and rather use a higher total moving time. Not everyone can walk/ride/run 20 km in one activity without risk of injury/overtraining etc. but with challenges based on time, can people go as far or as fast as they can, as long as they for x time. 

    It's possible that last part was a bit messy and confusing, sorry, my head wasn't really clear. So that was some of my messy thoughts... Hope some of them make sense to someone. ;P  

    Btw.... that 400 way challenge is insane. 

     

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  • Come on guys, add the custom challenge creator functionality. Endomondo is going to be retired by end of the year. Surely you could add this and let users create custom challenges and invite one another? That's like the only reason people are still using Endomondo - to compete against one another and keep everyone motivated, see the leaderboard and results change over time. This should also play well in terms of engagement and new user signups.

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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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  • Hello!

    Will there be a setting to hide challenges spam in my feed?

    It is common problem, when you have many friends (different sports, may be even you are not interested in) there are dozens of posts XXX join YYY instead of real activities in your feed.

     

    Alternatively (instead of setting to hide at all) maybe  there is a way to separate "xxx joined challenge" and basic activities in two tabs?

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  • Good morning, I participate in Strava's monthly challenges (for cycling).  Namely cycling endurance, cycling distance challenges.  This is a great way for ultra-athletes to compete, compare, and learn from eachother.

    Recently these challenges leaderboards are overwhelmed by users uploading bogus activities (some upload 'duplicate' activities, multiple activities occurring at the same time, time-stamps that are not possible, ect).  I would like to see some sort of improved Strava-logic or some sort of algorithm put in place to protect the sanctity of these challenges.

    I have reported such activities in the past and they have been reviewed and removed - I feel this responsibility shouldn't be on the Strava Community to clean up..  Repeat offenders should lose the capability to compete in challenges.

    Please investigate, much appreciated

    - Keith

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  • Could you please add a 'litter pick' tag/check box for runs, walks, bike rides etc. My Green Valley in South Wales would like to track where litter picks have been performed and publicise this to a wider audience through social media. This could start with a 'Total miles picked' total for a group, and extend to a heat map of paths and areas that have been covered. There are many other litter picking organisations globally who would benefit from this feature. Strava would be an ideal platform for this, given that many of the Strava community would like to share their environmental efforts and that the Strava platform is ideally suited for this tracking.

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  • Please, please, please, please for the love of Ron Hill, give us the option to turn Challenges off in the feed or mute certain users or even mute our own.

    I had 21 in a row today... it's just too much.

    I don't participate in challenges because I don't want to contribute to the Challege spam.

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  • Please remove or put an option that can remove from the feed those challenges that friends join!! Soo annoying and nobody cares!!

    Just put an x on the corner so ones we see it we can close it a never see it again lol

    The whole feed is looking like a spam

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

    3 pages before I can see my or any activities, very annoying

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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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  • I too like many above don’t like the spamming up my feed with challenges at the beginning of the month but this is doubled or trebled by fake challenges which are actually clubs. The use the current strata badges for monthly challenges and dupe strava users to join. I have submitted several support tickets about it but nothing changes and I will soon see the March deluge come.

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  • I agree Graham. It is a bit too much. I've been deleting friends I follow to reduce the number of Challlenges I get.

    Strava, please make them relevant to what I do (cycling) and not to what others do as well as being geographically relevant. I don't care what happens in Kansas.

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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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  • Can we please add to the "to do" list a regular rowing challenge - eg monthly 100k alongside the regular ride/run/walk challenges? There's a load of rowers out here - in addition to the "standard"  Concept2 and other than time based workouts, they have nothing to show for rowing efforts. Appreciate the comment above about being v busy but if things ease up, it'd be a good to have a rowing challenge. Specific manufacturers might be interested but that'd be like asking Giant to sponsor a badge/challenge for riders of Specialised and Canyon bikes so I can only see it happening as a Strava, rather than partner, initiative. Thanks

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  • Crispin We all know that you cant create private challenges, that is why this community post exists.

    Feedback we need from Strava is; are going to put this in your development/enhancements queue?

    A lot of people pay for this product now, you need a clear way to take onboard feedback and enhancement requests and report on what is and isn’t going to be developed.

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  • Can we have a Strava club that includes walking activities in the team totals?

    I have been trying to set up a club for my work colleagues who have differing levels of fitness.

    We would like a club where we can track our collective total of miles walked and run. It would be a great incentive for the colleagues who aren’t able to cycle or run.

    Something like the current multidisciplinary clubs would be perfect if they include walking in totals.

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  • Hi Strava,

    Currently on the Challenges one that you can join have an Orange label (Join Challenge)

    When you join a challenge it turns Grey (Challenge Joined)

    Can you do an update so when you have completed a challenge it shows Green (Challenge Completed)

    This would make it easy to see where we are on completing challenges and where, or what areas we are falling short. So can see what we need to target

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  • I’m going to add to the list for a feature to turn off or block Challenges from showing up in my feed.  It’s gotten just as bad as all the spam adverts in other social media platforms.  As a paying suscriber to Strava, I think I should have the ability to control what I do and don’t want to see in my Feed.

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