What Is A Virtual Running Challenge? Everything You Need To Know

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October 10, 2022

Running races can be overwhelming. The thought of travelling to a specific location, and then running long distances in front of crowds of complete strangers, is often enough to put a lot of people off.

What if we told you that there were other options to complete a race?

In this article, we will teach you everything you need to know about virtual running challenges.

What Is A Virtual Running Challenge?

With a few notable exceptions, a virtual running challenge functions similarly to any regular running competition.

You will be assigned a deadline by which you must have finished the ‘race’, depending on the challenge you decide to take on. You can then determine where and when you will finish the challenge.

Unlike your typical running race, you do not need to complete a virtual running challenge all in one go (unless specified otherwise). Usually, you will be able to run the specified distance in sections.

For example, if the challenge is to run 25 miles, and you have a month to complete the challenge, you could choose to run 2 miles three times a week. This would add up to 6 miles per week, which would equal to 24 miles by the end of that month and one extra mile on one run, would meet the target.

However, if you wanted to run the full 25 miles all in one, you can do that too! It is, ultimately, your decision to make.

All that you need to do, while completing a virtual running challenge, is keep track of how much you have completed, so you can provide evidence that you actually did it. You can do this by using certain tracking apps, such as Strava and let Fitwins do the tracking for you.

At the end of the challenge, you will receive some sort of award, whether that be a medal, certificate, or another form of recognition. Sometimes, the challenge will require you to pick a charity so that you can raise money while you run.

Some challenges require a payment beforehand, while others are free. It all depends on which challenge you decide to go with.

Benefits Of A Virtual Running Challenge

There are many benefits to taking part in a virtual running challenge compared to any other race, as you have probably already noticed.

The biggest benefit is that you get to decide how much of the race you complete in a day, or a week, or throughout the entire month.

This is great news for newbie runners, or those who are returning to the sport after a break. Running a race in its entirety can feel daunting if you are not prepared, whereas completing a virtual challenge gives you the opportunity to split the overall distance into smaller chunks.

You could even use this event as a personal challenge, challenging yourself to run further distances each day. You could start off running a half a mile on the first day, and then run three quarters the next day, and so on and so forth.

It is also great for those looking to form a routine in their lives. Virtual challenges can help you introduce a running schedule into your life. So, if you have been putting off running for a little while, the opportunity to win a medal may convince you to grab your sneakers and finally go out for that jog.

Anyone looking for an excuse, or a small nudge, into the world of running and exercise should definitely think about starting a virtual running challenge. We can guarantee that you will feel great afterwards, both physically and mentally!

FitWins’ Virtual Fitness Challenges

Here at FitWins, we have our own virtual challenges that you can participate in. There is a new challenge to join each month, each with their own fun themes.

You will have a choice of how many miles you would like to run during each monthly challenge, between:

  • 25 miles (40.23 km)
  • 50 miles (80.47 km)
  • 75 miles (120.7 km)
  • 100 miles (160.93 km)
  • 125 miles (201.17 km)
  • 150 miles (241.4 km)
  • 170 miles (273.59 km)
  • 200+ miles (321.87+ km)

The Fitwins App will offer a completely immersive experience, offering a tonne of participatory options, like Street View, to help you with your challenges.

While completing the challenge, you can monitor your achievements using both the FitWins App and Strava, thanks to their sync functionality. You can use our interactive map to cover a radius of up to 25 miles (40.23 km) while keeping an eye on your progress.

When you finish the challenges, you will be rewarded for your effort with a medal!

How Much Does The FitWins’ Challenges Cost to Enter?

It costs nothing to download the Fitwins App, and you may use it to register and select your challenge submission. The software offers three modes to enter challenges: gold, silver, and bronze entry.

The price to participate in the gold challenge is , £18 (UK), $33 (USA) or 31€ (EU). This price includes the complete challenge elements, as well as the tracked mailing of your medal. Our medals have been rated as the best medals around by our users.

You can enter challenges by paying with FitWins coins which you can obtain by clicking the coin icon in the top right corner of the app screen and paying for your entry.

How Can I Enter FitWins’s Virtual Fitness Challenges?

To join our challenges, you will need to first download the ‘FitWins’ app on your smartphone or device. You can click here to find the link to the app for iOS or Google.

Next, you will need to create an account to register. Once your account has been created, you will be able to view our monthly challenges.

You will need to choose whether you want to enter at bronze level, silver, or gold. Bronze challenges are free to enter, while you will need 80 FitWins coins to enter silver, and gold challenges will cost $33/£18/31€, or 200 FitWins coins.

However, it is worth noting that you will receive many bonus features if you decide to go with the gold challenge, including receiving a medal once you have completed your goal.

Final Thoughts

Overall, virtual running challenges are great ways to get yourself up and active, without feeling pressured to complete an entire race within a single day. These challenges give you some time and space to run at your own pace.

Are you interested in our virtual fitness challenges? If so, don’t forget to check out our website or app today to see what challenges are currently ongoing! We would love to have you on board, joining our hundreds of winners each month.

Good luck!


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Not sure how virtual fitness works?

The easiest way to learn is to try Fitwins for yourself! The app is free to download, and you only pay for challenges you take part in, so why not take it for a test drive?

In the meantime, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about how Fitwins compares to other virtual walking challenges.

No! We believe that flexibility is the key to fitness success, so instead of forcing you to complete a set distance, we let you set your own goal.  This means you can be flexible in how you complete YOUR challenge: so if you are smashing your target, you can raise the bar and aim for more. 

All entries into our challenge will receive a great medal, with a ribbon specific to the challenge type.

For our “iconic challenges”, your ribbon will have a unique design related to the challenge. For our regular monthly challenges, your ribbon will reflect the total distance you covered.

Running and walking ribbons are awarded based on 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200+ miles. Cycling ribbons are for distances of 50km, 100km, 200km, 500km, 1000km, 2000km and 3000km. 

Absolutely! Not only that, but all the distance you’ve covered since the start of the month will count, as the Fitwins App syncs with Strava and logs all activities from the start of the month, regardless of what date you sign up for the challenge. 

If you are hitting the streets with your app activated, verification is completed automatically by sycning with Strava. You can focus on completing your challenge, and we’ll take care of the rest.

If you’re using a treadmill, exercycle or other stationary equipment for some of your challenge, you’ll need to log this manually.


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