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The Challenges (2021)

2021 DISTANCE challenge
2021 HEALTHY LIFESTYLE challenge


"At age 65, I took the fitness challenge to heart. Each time I logged my progress, I felt so happy to have accomplished it and grateful for being part of an international group of caring people!!"
Mary Renquist - Eden Prairie, MN, USA
"Year of 1,000km is a fantastic way to stay fit and keep the motivation up all year long - and connect with people from around the world!"
James Theis - Cannes, France
"It was awesome to get to know and become friends with people from all over the world who were working towards the same goal!"
Jenny Horsfal - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
"Apart from the motivation, I love the Year of 1,000km community spirt and how easy it is to make new friends. Jenny and I met in person in Africa after first meeting in this group!"
Dani Anderson - Singapore
"Year of 1,000km kept me motivated to bike and run almost every day. It taught me that consistently reaching small milestones will ensure you achieve your long term goals and beyond. I encourage everybody to join us and begin the journey to 1,000km!"
Mohamed Kamal - Montreal, QC, Canada
"The motivation from the Year of 1,000km community has helped me lose 32lbs (14.5kg) and maintain a healthy lifestyle!"
Lindsey Smith - Sparwood, BC, Canada
"Year of 1,000km is a great initiative! The long term goal kept me motivated throughout the year, and the global community offered great tips and tricks to keep me going."
Stuart Campbell - Utrecht, The Netherlands


Year of 1000km is a global community of people that all share a similar goal: to live an active and healthy life while meeting new people and motivating each other in the process.
To accomplish this, we have three primary tools:
1. A Facebook Group that we use to stay connected – it is here that we get to know each other, share stories, photos, helpful articles, and talk a bit of trash to keep pushing each other to the next level, in a completely fun and safe atmosphere.
2. A Google Spreadsheet for tracking progress – this is where we log our progress and see how we stack up against other members with real-time graphs. This will be replaced with a mobile app for the 2021 challenges.
3. Two Challenges designed to provide something for everyone – a participant may sign up for one of the two Challenges, and the two groups come together to form one global community.
Our first challenge was created in 2018, and focused on running 1000km throughout the calendar year. Based on these roots, all Year of 1,000km challenges use the common currency of running equivalent (RE) kilometres:
Running / Walking:  1km      = 1km (RE)
Cycling:                        2.5km   = 1km (RE)
Swimming:                  0.25km = 1km (RE)
Exercise:                      30mins  = 5km (RE)
Calorie Counting: Consume below personal weekly limit = 5km (RE)
It is not possible to use results from step counters throughout the day, and when walking, it should be a dedicated 20-30min+ block of speed walking.
Some may wish to dispute the conversion rates above, but please note that, although feedback is always welcome, these will not be modified for the 2020 Challenges.
Distance Challenge
  • Complete equivalent of running 1000km in 12 months
  • Activities include running, speed walking, cycling & swimming
  • This challenge is great for those looking to train for a race, better their personal time or incorporate healthier options into their daily commute
  • We have beginners, ultra-distance trainers, speedsters and everything in between

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
  • Complete equivalent of running 1000km in 12 months
  • Activities include everything from the Distance Challenge, with the addition of weekly calorie counting (based on personal limit) & exercising (gym time, yoga, pilates, etc.)
  • This challenge is perfect for anyone interested in losing weight, reducing stress and generally being active and healthy
  • We have people recovering from injury, retirees staying active, new mothers taking some time for themselves and everything in between
Both Challenges welcome all experience levels, and you always move at your own pace

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