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Challenges are a fantastic way to add some more excitement to your event training experience, engage with your participants year-round, or host a stand-alone event that lasts more than a single weekend.

We’ve introduced three new challenge types, along with the ability to assign awards based off of the questions you ask during registration. With these new releases, you can engage with your participants in entirely new ways, reach a wider audience, and organize creative challenges that everyone can take part in!

1. Elevation Challenges

Events can now be based on an elevation goal! Challenge participants to aim high by basing your challenge leaderboard rankings on total elevation achieved. When submitting an activity, participants will be able to upload their total elevation climb! Depending on your challenge, participants can aim to cover as much elevation as possible or work towards completing a specific elevation goal in a set amount of time.

For example, your challenge could be “how much elevation can you cover in 1 month?” OR “Can you cover 200m in elevation this month?”

2. Cumulative time/minutes per day challenges

With this release, challenges can now be based on time alone and no longer need to factor in distance. This opens up the possibility of allowing your participants to complete ANY kind of activity, and only ask for the amount of time they spent doing it. 

For example, this could be a challenge to move at least 30 minutes per day in August, or to spend 10 minutes meditating, or 45 minutes doing a yoga practice. The challenge goal and time is completely up to you! 

3. Tally challenges

Similar to a time challenge, you can get creative with the goal of your tally challenge. This could be any activity that can be counted and totalled as a numeric value. This challenge could be for push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, squats, or anything countable, where each participant must complete a set number of reps of the chosen activity.

For example, this could be a “complete 50 push-ups every day for 1 month” challenge.

4. Assign awards based on registration questions

Now that you can explore your creativity when it comes to challenges, you can also think outside of the box on awards for challenges or virtual events in general. On your results dashboard, you can adjust the results settings for your event to “import registration questions”. Next, select the questions you would like to import. When creating an award, you can select “restrict by registration question” and define which question and question option the award should be based on.

You’ll need to think ahead about the awards you’d like to create when you are setting up your registration form. This will allow you to ask the right questions and collect the data you’ll need for your awards! For example, on the registration form of your “rollerblading/roller skating challenge”, you could ask “What category are you participating in?”. Then, allow your participants to select either “Rollerblading” or ‘Roller skating”.

When setting up your award, you can select this question and award the top finisher based on their answer. For example, you could create the “Blade Runner Award” for the top rollerblader. This recipient of this award will see it displayed at the top of their personal results page!

Too late to add a question to your registration form?

Don’t worry! You can simply set up the question now and enable participant editable data. Using our email campaign tool, you can ask your registered participants to provide an answer through their participant dashboard.

Ready to create a challenge? It’s quick & easy!

Visit our knowledge base article for step-by-step instructions on how to create a virtual challenge.

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