Best Virtual Running Challenges to Kick Off the Year!

There are so many great virtual challenges going around at the moment. The one thing that has emerged from these strange times is new and exciting ways to not only run/workout but also build community and these virtual running challenges are definitely a great way to do so!

Because there are so many for you to choose from, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites that are currently available for you to try out across the country!

Camp KM
This running/walking challenge is a partnership between Canadian Running Series and Ciele Athletics and it begins on January 1st for the entire month. The Camp KM challenge is to run or walk as many kms as you can. The challenge is to see how far you can go in a month. This challenge is open to everyone across Canada and participants earn KM achievement badge at the end of the challenge as well as a custom CIELE cap.

Price: $50 CAD

CMTR’s Winter Scavenger Hunt
You’ve got until December 14th to register for Coast Mountain Trail’s Winter Scavenger Hunt. You’ve got 60 days to complete 20 challenges and this challenge is open to anyone worldwide. This challenge is open to runners, hikers and walkers and each challenge has a minimum of 35-45 minutes workout associated with it. Proceeds of the challenge goes towards the CMTR Scholarship Fund as well as the Food Bank, as a way to give back to the underserved communities and those needing some extra support during these challenging times.

Price: $55 CAD

Virtual Chilly Half Marathon
Although usually based out of Toronto, this year the Chilly Half is now Canada-wide. It’s now possible for anyone across the country to take part in either the Frosty 5K, Frigid 10K and Chill Half Marathon. You can run, walk, jog this challenge either outside, on the treadmill, on a trail or even the track. You have to complete the challenge by March 30th 2021.

Price: $65-90

Vancouver Sun Run
Hands down one of the city’s most iconic races is going virtual this spring. The virtual race will kick-off on the originally planned date of April 18th 2021 and will continue through April 30th 2021. You can run anytime, anywhere during that time and submit your results with the community. You can either register solo or with a team for the Sun Run.

Price: $25-45