FAQ

A Great Canadian Running Challenge brings Canadians together, from coast to coast, striving to reach one goal. That goal is to walk, jog or run 1000 kilometres in one year!  The challenge begins January 1st and ends December 31st.  Participants can choose to walk, jog or run (or a combination) to reach 1000 KM! 

New this year:  500 KM, 2021 KM and elite options

A Great Canadian Running Challenge begins January 1st and ends December 31st every year.  You can register at anytime during the year if you have been logging your mileage on your preferred App.  Simply add your mileage to one of our Leaderboards.

You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your registration.  Please check your inbox or junk folder.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, it could be because you entered an incorrect email address.  Please send us an email if you do not receive confirmation.

This year there are 4 leaderboards.  This is a great way to log and track your kilometres and stay motivated.  Click here for step-by-step instructions on adding your name and kilometres to the leaderboard.

The Leaderboard is an optional tracking method and not all participants want to use this way of tracking their kilometres.  If you are interested in adding your name to the Leaderboard, you must do this by logging in and adding KMs.  

Unfortunately no.  We are hoping to have this set up in the future but it is very expensive to hire someone for a project like this.  We do not have sponsors or grants at this time but hope to add this function in the future.

You do not need to contact us.  You can add your name to the Leaderboard of your choice and strive to reach your personal goal.  Once you are registered for the season, you are registered as a participant of A Great Canadian Running Challenge 2021.  No matter your goal, you are making time for you!

Both feet must be on the ground, in a walking motion! You can walk, jog or run, or combine all three!  Snowshoeing and hiking are walking motion exercises, and you may log these kilometres. Any gliding motion exercises should not be tracked (swimming, cycling, skiing, dancing, elliptical, Zumba).

If you have any health-related issues and would like to track these forms of exercise, please do so at your own discretion. We would never want to detour you from reaching your health and fitness goals. (Please note that we will only be approving posts related to walking, jogging or running on our Facebook Group).

Registration for our challenge is free!  You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!

See our guidelines for tracking and logging your kilometres HERE.

If your email is already registered with A Great Canadian Running Challenge, then login at the top of the site to register.  You can reset your password there.

In hindsight, no. This challenge calls for you to go above and beyond your daily routine steps. Please see our Fitbit Guidelines for more information.

The first thing you get is a great sense of accomplishment! Completing this challenge means that you made time for yourself and your health! By making time for you and your health, you become a better person, you have more energy and you become a healthier version of you! 

You get bragging rights!! Your name will appear on our Website with all 1000 KM finishers!

You get a personalized finisher’s certificate, upon request.

You can also purchase your well-deserved bling!  You can see pictures of some of our finishers from previous years, with their medals HERE.

We have four Leaderboards for our 2021 challenge!  4 Divisions.  Select the Leaderboard that you would like to use to enter your kilometres.  Pick the one closest to your goal!  It is not a mandatory way of logging your kilometres.  You can log your kilometres any way like.  Watch our Video Tutorial here.  You will love our Leaderboard!

You can have your name appear as a nickname or anonymous by clicking the “update details” button above the Leaderboard.  Your changes will only take effect when you enter KMs again.

Click the “update details” button above the Leaderboard.  Your changes will only take effect when you enter KMs again.

The Leaderboards are created to keep people motivated and focused on their goal.  If you reach the top of the Leaderboard, you will be asked to stop adding KMs and move over to the next Leaderboard.   

For example:  You are entering your data on the 1000K LB and reach 1000K.  You stop entering data on it.  You know you want to aim for 2021K.  Go to the 2021K LB, add your data in one lump sum to the new LB, and continue to build onto the new LB.

Why?  The 1000K LB is for participants who aim for 1000K.  We don’t want people to be discouraged when they see someone reaching above and beyond that.  This is why we have 4 divisions this year.

Unfortunately, we cannot control this issue. If someone cheats, he/she is only deceiving himself/herself. There is nothing we can do about it, and this should not affect the outcome of reaching your own goals.

If you cannot finish the challenge by December 31st, you will have a new goal to set for the following year! Make it your goal to make progress each year until you achieve success!

Anyone can participate in this challenge! We would never discourage anyone from registering for such a great event.  You are welcome to come and see what Canada is all about!

A Great Canadian Running Challenge relies on participant support to keep the movement running smoothly.  We do not receive funding or sponsorship at this time.

You can support A Great Canadian Running Challenge in three ways.

  • You can donate to help cover the costs incurred while designing this Website, our Leaderboard and our monthly challenges and prizes.
  • You can order a finisher’s medal when you have reached your goal! (cheaper than most road race events)

A form will be available above your Leaderboard.   You can also send an email to MY TIME.

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A Great Canadian Running Challenge Mission

To inspire people from across the nation to gain a love for health and fitness by building a strong community of Canadians who share their stories of hope and inspiration!

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