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Take on the LA Half Challenge! It's a super-fun virtual race with great swag and your choice of distances.
Try the 10 Half Marathon Challenge -- 131 miles. Take up to 10 weeks to finish. It's a beautiful virtual course: Run from LA's highest point to the Pacific Ocean. Or take on one half marathon, 10K+ or 5K+
The virtual LA Half Challenge is a wonderful way to stay fit, keep accountable, challenge yourself and earn a super nice running shirt and a unique wood-carved finisher's medal to commemorate your accomplishment!
Here's a small sample of some of the badges you can unlock in the Challenge events (not all in one day events) as you achieve new milestones.
This is a virtual challenge. You are not running this route. You are logging your daily activity and watching your progress on the virtual route.
Start at LA's highest peak and run a glorious route to the Pacific Ocean finishing on the Manhattan Beach Pier. Collect 20 Milestone Badges along the way.
Do I have to be in or from LA to participate in the LA Half Challenge?
You can live anywhere! Anyone can participate in this challenge. You complete your miles on your own course, your treadmill, your bike, your elliptical or your stair climber etc.
What if I am not a runner? Can I participate?
Of course! You can run, walk, hike, spin, move on a treadmill, stair stepper or elliptical. Just move!
I see you offer 6 events. Which delectable distance should I enter?
Determine if you'd like to run all at once or enter the challenge format where you accumulate miles over time. Determine the number of miles you'd like to average per day over the duration of the Challenge. Account for days off. Think about your regular workout routine. Remember, you can count multiple activities in the same day be it running, walking, hiking, riding, etc.
All in One Day Events - Traditional: Run all in one outing. Record your result.
- Half Marathon - 13.1 Miles
- Half-Half Marathon - 6.55 Miles. Just a bit farther than a 10K
- Half-Half-Half Marathon - 3.275 Miles. Just a bit farther than a 5K.
Challenge Events - Challenge: Run over the course of days/weeks. Earn milestone badges. Record your daily activity. Track your progress.
- 10x Half Marathon Challenge - 131 Miles - Run/Hike/Walk. Take up to 10 weeks to complete.
- 10x Half Marathon Challenge - 131 Miles - Cross Train (Elliptical, stair climber, ride, row, run, walk). Take up to 10 weeks to complete.
- Half Marathon Challenge - 13.1 Miles - Run/Hike/Walk
What are the official dates of the Challenge?
The LA Half Challenge starts with your miles on February 21. The 131 Mile Challenge is a 10-week program. If you start Feb. 21, finish by May 2.
All In One Day events should complete their mileage anytime before April 1.
The last day to log activity is May 31. Start as soon as you can. You can even log miles multiple times during the day!
What if I need to change the distance of the challenge I registered for?
We understand things come up and you may not be able to complete miles you originally committed to OR have a surge of energy and realize you can complete a higher mileage challenge. As long as you contact us by email by February 28, we will be happy to make that switch for you at no additional cost. One consideration: if you change distances of a challenge event you will need to re-enter all of your logged activity as your activity will not transfer over to your new distance.
How do I record my miles for the Challenge events?
Log your activity, mileage and time here. You can do it daily, twice a day, or you can do it once a week, whatever works for you. But we encourage you to log in after each activity to view your progress on the course map.
Do I need a GPS app like Map My Run or Strava? Will I need to show my watch or app for proof of activity?
An app or GPS watch is recommended, but certainly not required. There are a number of running apps that make it easier to track your time and mileage. If you don't have one, you can download a running app to an iPhone or Android device. Some apps available are Map My Run, RunKeeper, Runtastic, Strava. You can use an Apple Watch, Garmin, FitBit or other devices that track mileage and time. When it comes to logging your miles, you are on the honor system. You are in the LA Half Challenge to be active and achieve your goal mileage. There are no placement or age group awards.
If I am participating in another virtual race at the same time. Can I count those miles?
Absolutely! We love you are being so active!
When will I receive my swag?
Your shirt and medal will ship near the end of the Challenge in April.
I live outside of the United States, can I participate?
Yes, you can absolutely participate. However, we ship to U.S. addresses only.
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