Strava is challenging you to run a half marathon as fast as you can between January 1st and January 31st.
Unlike a typical half marathon, tackle this Challenge from any location, at any time of day. Skip the travel and the pre-dawn alarm clock. Don't skip the chance to push yourself, and the pace, to see how far you can climb the Leaderboard.
Just pick a safe stretch of road (or trail), record an activity that is at least 13.1 miles long, and see where you stack up against runners across the world.
How it Works:
Your position on the Leaderboard is based on the fastest average pace of any activity that meets the Challenge goal requirements. The average pace is taken based on elapsed time and includes the entire duration of the qualifying activity (not just the fastest 13.1 mile section of your activity).
Athletes that complete this Challenge will receive a digital finishers badge (and potentially a new half marathon PR).
You have to run 13.1 miles (21.1 km) in a single run, just like you do in a race.
The Leaderboard is sorted based on the average pace of the qualifying activity. This means the faster you run during your activity, the higher you will show up on the Leaderboard.
You will not show up on the Challenge Leaderboard unless you complete an activity over 13.1 miles.
To ensure you meet the Challenge goal, we recommend you run a small amount over 13.1 miles during your activity (about .5km / .3mi). This will give you a buffer in the event your activity distance is shortened after upload to Strava due to the cleanup of GPS irregularities. You can learn about how distance is calculated for our app by reading this Knowledge Base Article.
There is no time limit to complete the 13.1 miles.
The Challenge period starts and ends based on each runners local time zone.
Manual entries or treadmill runs will not count towards your Challenge effort.
All activities logged during the Challenge period must be uploaded to Strava no later than February 3rd, 2014.
Have fun and be safe. Use common sense when it comes to traffic, weather, or other conditions while taking part in this Challenge.
Q: When do I have to complete the half marathon?
A: You can run the 13.1 miles necessary to complete the Challenge in a single run any day between January 1st and January 31st.
Q: Can I run multiple times to add up to 13.1 miles?
A: No, you have to run 13.1 miles in a single run.
Q: Is there a time limit for the 13.1 miles?
A: No, there is no time limit to complete the 13.1 miles.
Q: Can I crop my run if the activity is longer than 13.1 miles?
A: Yes, if your activity happens to be longer than the 13.1 miles necessary to complete the Challenge you can crop your activity to remove the sections that you do not want to count towards the Challenge.