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Challenge Types

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2021 11:08AM PDT

Each virtual challenge is different and EveryChallenge offers a range of different challenge types which allow you to create the perfect virtual experience for your participants.

For each race you can also set the activity type you allow, such as run, walk, bike, swim, etc.

You can combine both individual and team/relay races in the same virtual event.

Best Result
The ‘classic’ event goal: the faster you go, the higher your ranking. As everyone’s route is different and no one will have the exact race distance we make sure to scale all matching activities to the goal distance of the race to make comparable results. So even if you run 9.5 km instead of exactly 10 km, or maybe even 12 km, we will automatically scale the results to make it comparable with others. We do this by scaling their time (and points!) to the race distance. For example, when you run 3% more distance we’ll reduce your time and points with 3% as well.

Extra options: You can set various activity filter parameters to configure which activities are allowed to qualify

Track Challenge
A Track Challenge is exactly identical to the Best Result except that you must upload the GPX file of the course and each participant should run exactly that track in order to qualify. This allows you to host on-your-own events where participants can complete the race course any time they like within the allowed period.

To allow for some GPS measurement error margin a certain offset from the course is allowed but the activity must:

Start near the start of the course track
Follow the exact course track all the way (within a certain buffer)
Finish near the end of the course track (also some margin is allowed)

Because this challenge type verifies the actual GPS data of an activity manual entries are not allowed for this activity type. Only Garmin, Fitbit, Strava or GPX upload activities can qualify.

Total distance
The total distance goal is the perfect option to keep participants engaged with your virtual event. Each activity they complete gets added to their total distance. Ranking of the event will be updated in real-time.

Extra options:

1. You can upload a virtual course map on which the progress of each participant/team is displayed.
2. You can enable Collective Progress to also show the combined scores of all participants in the results
3. You can set various activity filter parameters to configure which activities are allowed to qualify

Total elevation
This is the preferred option for virtual trail runs. We combine the total elevation gain for all the activities of a user during the virtual challenge. Optionally you can also set the minimum elevation gain for an activity to qualify for the rankings.

Extra options:

1. You can upload a virtual course map on which the progress of each participant/team is displayed.
2. You can enable Collective Progress to also show the combined scores of all participants in the results
3. You can set various activity filter parameters to configure which activities are allowed to qualify

Total Calories
This new challenge type is similar to the total distance challenge in a way that it adds all activities into a score. Instead of the distance, this challenge type takes the (estimated) amount of calories as the score.

Please keep in mind that calorie estimation is nowhere near exact science and even Garmin and Strava provide rough estimations on the amount of burned calories during an exercise. For manual entries we either use the ACMS or the METS method, based on the activity type. These formulas have at least a 15% error margin.

Extra options: You can set various activity filter parameters to configure which activities are allowed to qualify

Total Stairs
This new challenge type is only available to stair climbing races and combines all climbed stairs of qualifying activities. If you have a stair climbing race and rather have a virtual race where the goal is to climb X stairs as fast as possible please use the Best Result challenge type in combination with Stair Climbing as activity type.

As neither Garmin, nor Strava nor Fitbit expose the number of climbed stairs through their APIs only manual entry (for now) is possible for this challenge type.

Extra options: You can set various activity filter parameters to configure which activities are allowed to qualify

Badge Challenge
This is the most advanced challenge type and unlocks several creative and powerful challenge configurations.

The goal of this challenge is to score all badges which are marked to be included in the challenge goal. This way you can create unique combinations of badges to complete the ultimate race goal. You can combine all types of badges in your setup.

Please note that only badges that are explicitly marked to be included in the challenge goal will count towards the result. This allows you to add additional badges which are not mandatory for the challenge goal.

Triathlons – You can use the Badge Challenge to setup a triathlon by using the following configuration:

  1. Start with a badge with Goal type set to ‘Activity’, select ‘Swimming’ as activity type and enter the distance you want them to swim in either kilometers or miles. Make sure to check ‘Include in Challenge Goal’ switch!
  2. Next you create a new badge with Goal type of ‘Activity’ but now with ‘Cycling’ as activity and enter the bike distance. Please make sure you select the Swimming badge as a prerequisite for scoring this badge in the Configuration section under ‘Only after’ option. Again, make sure to check ‘Include in Challenge Goal’ switch.
  3. Next you do the same, but select Running as activity type and the Cycling badge as prerequisite. Again, make sure to check ‘Include in Challenge Goal’ switch.

With this setup each participant will first need to add a swimming activity, followed by a cycling activity and finally finish with a running activity. For each activity we take the distance you have entered as activity goal. When the activity includes a GPS track we will take the exact time from the start to the given distance. Otherwise we’ll scale based on the average speed/pace.

Multi- Sport Challenges – Using the same principles as the triathlon you can create any type of multi-sport event. Think of run-bikes or even a ‘broken’ marathon of 26 separate mile fragments which can be chained together into a single overall marathon time by combining all fragments.

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