The 365 Mile Challenge is a group with a goal.
To get outdoors and move for 365 miles during 2017.
Will you join us?
We want to complete 365 self-propelled miles in 2017…with YOU!
As outdoor bloggers and busy mothers, we’ve learned firsthand the benefits of spending time outdoors every single day.
We know that there’s joy in just taking a few minutes every day to walk, run, cycle, snowshoe, or cross-country ski but sometimes we need a little nudge getting out the door.
If you want to know the truth…those precious minutes keep us sane.
We think that small distances done over a long period of time also have massive results.
They create healthy habits and build self-discipline and the simple act of getting outdoors to move every single day is beneficial to the mind, body, and soul.
We’re also believers in the power of community.
We know that a supportive group of friends, even friends met online can make a huge difference in how motivated we are to accomplish a goal.
And when you’re on a journey together it’s sometimes good to be rewarded.
That’s why we created the 365 Mile Challenge.
By participating in the 365 Mile Challenge you’ll get to hang out with us in 2017 on our private facebook page and get to know us a little better.
You can learn more here:
- Amelia-Tales of a Mountain Mama
- Alyssa-The Kid Project
- Kathy-Go Adventure Mom and Go Adventure Magazine
- Rebecca-Hike Like A Woman & Just Trails
Here’s what you get for joining:
- A #365milechallenge vinyl sticker (shipped only to the U.S. or Canada)
- Entry into a private, supportive and fun facebook group just for 365 Mile Challenge participants.
- Exclusive discounts on outdoor clothing and gear found only for members of the group.
- Automatic entry for prize package drawings on outdoor clothing, gear, and swag.
- Motivation and support to get out there and conquer 365 miles.
- Automatic entry into a mega big prize package just for 365-mile challenge finishers if you complete your 365 miles before midnight (MST) on December 31, 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the challenge run?
January 1, 2017- December 31st 2017. You can join in the challenge at any time, but it’s best if you can start it on New Year’s Day with us so you have the entire 365 days to complete your mileage.
Why do you have to pay to play?
Because when we have a little “skin-in-the-game” we’re more likely to reach our goals.
Your $15.00 contribution will go to support this program. Think of it like a race entry fee, only it’s for a race that lasts all year long. Plus, cheaper than most race entry fees and you get to run/hike/bike/swim/ski at your own pace and on your own turf.
How do I record my mileage?
Since everyone uses different tracking tools (Endomondo, Strava, Suunto, Garmin, FitBit, Jawbone, Map My Run, we ask that you keep track of your own mileage in whatever way you prefer. Then at the end of December, we’ll ask you to add them all up and give us a screenshot or photo of your annual mileage. If you completed 365 “self-propelled” miles during the year you’ll be entered to win a mega giveaway prize. If you’re not tech-savvy we have a fancy tracker that you can fill out too, it’s available in our facebook group.
Is this challenge open to everyone, regardless of where we live?
Yes, we welcome our international friends to participate! Some giveaway prizes might just be for U.S. or North American residents due to shipping costs. But you’re more than welcome to join us in our private facebook page and we’ll even convert your kilometers to miles for you!
What kind of miles can I log?
Any activity that gets your legs moving and your heart pumping. For example, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing count. But snowmobiling doesn’t. Running, hiking, and mountain biking count. But 4-wheeling doesn’t. When in doubt come up on our facebook group page and we can chat about it there. The whole goal here is to get our bodies moving (preferably outdoors, of course!)
Do I have to start on January 1st or can I join in later?
You can join at any time, but to keep things simple it’s a $15.00 entry fee all year long. If you join say in April, you’ll still have until December 31, 2017 to try to finish your 365 miles.
Who is sponsoring this event? What kind of giveaway items and discounts can we expect? How often will you give clothing and gear away?
We’re working on sponsorship right now but if you’ve been part of the summer #takeahike challenge you know that we’ve partnered with some BIG names in the outdoor industry and some awesome startups in the past. You can expect more of that, we promise. We hope to have giveaways for members of the group every 4-6 weeks. Stay tuned for sponsor announcements.
Can I do this as a family? Is there an age limit to participate?
We love our families and they’ll be joining us for the challenge and we’d encourage you to bring your spouse, children, parents, aunts, uncles and favorite pets along for the ride. To be officially registered in the challenge and allowed entry into our private facebook group and available for giveaway prizes they’ll need to join too.
What do I get if I complete 365 miles?
Insane bragging rights! We’ll think that you’re awesome too. You’ll also be entered to win a mega-big giveaway prize just for those who complete the 365 miles.
This is our very first 365 Mile Challenge but check out what some of our friends are saying from previous online challenges that we’ve hosted.
“Some weeks it was hard to take the time out of my busy schedule to get outside and hike. is challenge gave me the incentive to make it a priority and have fun while doing it. It was great to share that with friends and family too. Thank you for the motiva- tion!”
“Not only was this event fun and motivational, it was a great way to learn about gear available to en- hance our family’s hiking lifestyle.”
“We loved seeing other families like us that take their kiddos outside! I’m sure it inspires others who are unsure about tackling such tasks.”
In The News & Around the Blogosphere
“I just joined a fun challenge and might start blogging about it now and then on this little blog. It’s called the 365 Miles Challenge. The purpose is to get outside daily and do a mile of walking, hiking, biking, etc. What I like about it most is the focus on doing this OUTSIDE. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of being inside too much. It would be fun to see familiar faces in the group, so please think about joining.”
“For the 365 Mile Challenge, you can be solo, or with your kids, family, friends, etc., and you can count other forms of activity such as running and cycling. The fee goes up to $15 USD today to participate and that gives you motivation and support, a sticker, access to the Facebook community page, discounts on gear, and entry for prizes. I am so excited to get recording some miles!”
“To help keep me motivated at trying new things and getting outside, I’ve also joined a challenge called “365 Mile Challenge” ( more information can be found here). This challenge is to achieve 365 miles over the year by doing any self propeled activity such as hiking, biking, running, kayaking, you get the picture. It’s a $15.00 fee to join and the money goes toward the challenge itself, for more information check out the webite. I’m doing this challenge with my mom, Jami. She’s one of my favorite people to go on adventures with. We’re are planning to start with a couple of trails around our home and then expanding out. Dad will be joining us too.”
“As 2016 was coming to an end I started thinking of my 2017 goals, never resolutions, only goals. With my renewed interest in outdoor activities it was only natural that I include outdoor activity goals. I had considered the 52 Hike Challenge Adventure Series, and may still do so informally, but decided one hike a week really wasn’t a challenge for me at this point. So, I started thinking in terms of total mileage. My first thought was 365 miles, same concept as the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge but for the entire year, 1 mile per day or 7 miles per week or 30 miles per month. As if reading my mind, Rebecca, the founder of Hike Like a Woman, began talking about starting a 365 Mile Challenge for 2017, which she did with the help of a few other female outdoors bloggers.”
With the fast approach of a new year, I’ve been thinking about what resolutions I may want to make and one thing has stood out to me as something I HAVE to do – get outside more. What better way to do that than to join the 365 Challenge? I’ve followed Tales of a Mountain Mama and Hike Like a Woman for months and was super stoked when I found out about their challenge. I’m all about getting outside and this challenge motivates me to not only get outside but find new places to explore. I already have a list written down of state parks and forests I can’t wait to go check out.”
” I need to complete this challenge. I need to do this for myself. Not for my husband. Not for my kids or grandchildren. But for myself. You see, in the past 3 years, I have become a lazy person. Three years ago, I was in good form both physically and mentally. Then I became complacent and lazy. As I struggle to get off the couch, I feel the need to jump start the new year with a challenge I know I can complete. This is all for me.”
“But for someone who doesn’t really do New Years resolutions, the 365 Mile Challenge is perfect. It has obtainable goals, will improve my overall well being, and empower me to take on the world. So I’m signing up for this New Years resolution.
I have learned that I am far more likely to keep a resolution if I chose a goal that is the act of doing something instead of an outcome. For example, a goal to lose 15 pounds in the first six months of 2017 will likely not happen. But if I set a goal to hike 20 miles a month, and run 20 miles a week, I can probably end up losing the weight.
I also find that if I set goals that empower me, I am more likely to accomplish them. Being able to run, bike, or hike certain distances make me feel accomplished, therefore I work harder toward them.”
“The 365 mile challenge might look a little different for you than it will for me. After all, our outdoor experiences are unique to us and our families. For me, the miles I will log will be for destination hikes only.”