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365 Mile Challenge App 101

Did you just join the 365 Mile Challenge and have a question on how the app works? Or, maybe you’re a long-time member and want a refresher on the app? Either way, you’ve come to the right place! The 365 Mile Challenge App is available for download in the Google Play Store and the App Store. The log in credentials are the same for our app and our website. So, if you purchased a challenge registration already, use the same credentials to log in to the 365MC app. I will be going over the main features of the app to help you navigate through it and take full advantage of all of its features.

Dashboard

The Dashboard is the first screen you will see when you open the 365MC app. Here, you can view your progress for all of your current challenges. Tap on Week, Month, or Year to view your progress on the graph for the selected time interval. You can also view your notifications by tapping on the bell icon in the top right corner. A yellow dot will appear on the bell icon when you have a new notification.

Scroll down to view your distance covered by activity. All of the activities that you have done for the challenge will be displayed above the second graph as color-coded activity icons. Just tap on any of these activities to view your progress for the selected activity. If you’ve done more than 5 activities, you can scroll to the left on the activity icons to see the end of your list.

Community

The Community is where you can share your successes, ask for support, and cheer each other on! Only participants of one of our current challenges will have access to this community message board. We take your privacy seriously. No one else will see any posts.

You can sort by challenge or announcements, and filter by post date or popularity by the indicated icons on the top right corner. You can also use the search bar to search posts by text located on the top of the screen.

Like posts or comment on posts by tapping on the blue Like and Comment icons, respectively. You can also view who liked a post by tapping on the yellow Like icon, or view replies by tapping on the purple Replies icon.

You may have noticed that some people have Ambassador or Team Member next to their name. Our ambassadors have the Ambassador name label, while Val and I have the Team Member name label. We’ve added these name labels, so that you can identify who is here to help. Look out for posts from us and feel free to ask us questions.

To create a post, tap on the yellow feather in the bottom right corner. I encourage you to post about your progress, how you got your miles for the day, ask questions, or ask for support; just like on our Facebook group! You will have the option to format your post and to add a link, if you want to. When you are done, just tap on the feather in the top right corner to post it.

Pedometer

Our pedometer counts your steps, duration, average speed, and distance. All you have to do is tap GO, choose your activity, and start moving! Activities can be walk, run, or hike. Other activities cannot be accurately measured by a pedometer, so they are not options. The pedometer will record your steps in the background, so you can turn off your screen to save your battery.

Use the Pause button if you are taking a break and the Stop button to end the activity. A message will pop up when you tap on the Stop button that will ask “Do you want to log the data?” Choose “Yes” if you want to log the miles or “Delete” if you want to discard the entry. If you choose “Yes”, it will then prompt you to choose which challenges to apply the distance to. Once you added the distance to your challenge(s), you are done and the log entry can be viewed in Log History.

Log Distance

Log Distance is where you can enter a distance manually, which you can do in three easy steps. Step 1 – select your activity from five common activities (Walk, Run, Hike, Bike, Paddle) or Other. Other is a great option if you’ve done something other than one of the five listed activities or you used our conversion chart. Step 2 – fill out the date of your activity and your distance. You may choose a date as far back as the start of your challenge. Other optional fields, which include duration, elevation, and notes, are available for you to fill out if you want additional information in your log entry. Step 3 – select your challenge. You have the option to add your distance to all or some of your current challenges. Just tap on the checkbox next to a challenge to select it. Lastly, you can choose whether you want your log entry to be posted on the Community. If the Public/Private switch is set to Public, your log entry will post on the Community message board. If it is set to Private, it will not be shared. Lastly, just tap FINISH to submit your entry.

My Profile

My Profile is where you can update your personal information, add a profile photo, change your password, or deactivate your account. You can update your username, first and last name, as well as optional information like age and motivation. Once you updated your information, tap on the checkmark on the top right of the screen to save the changes. Your email can only be updated on our website by going to the Account Info tab on My Account.

If you deactivate your account on the app, you will loose all of your data and you will not be able to use this account again. It is irreversible. Please only use this option if you are sure you never want to use your account again. If you have an issue with your account, please contact us first so we can try to remedy the issue.

Side Navigation Menu

The side navigation menu is where you will find a list of many handy options. You can bring it up by tapping on the hamburger menu icon (the three lines) on the top left corner of your screen. Now I will go over the most important items on the side navigation menu, as the rest of them are mostly self explanatory.

Badges

Earning badges is a fun way to stay motivated throughout the year! There are two types of badges that you can earn on the app – Personal Badges and Challenge-related Badges. Personal Badges can be located on the navigation side menu. You will not have a badge icon on your side navigation menu until you earn a badge. When you earn a personal badge, a badge icon will appear on the top right corner. Tap on the badge icon to view your personal badges. You can scroll left on the row of badges to view all of your earned badges, as well as the ones you haven’t earned yet. The badges that you haven’t earned yet will be greyed out and cannot be tapped on until you earn it. Though, you may tap on any of your earned badges to view them. You will have the option to share your earned badges with our Community as a post by tapping on the feather icon or share it through your phone options (email, text, social media, etc.). These badges will reset every year, so you can keep earning them again and again!

Challenge-related Badges can only be earned with the 365 Mile Challenge. They are all based on your progress in the challenge, and can be found by going to Challenges -> In Progress -> your current 365 Mile Challenge -> Badges You’ve Earned button. For more information on Challenge-related Badges, please see Challenges below.

Apps and Devices

You can connect popular fitness apps and devices to the 365MC app, including Fitbit, Garmin, Google Fit, iHealth (for iOS only), Map My Apps, and Strava. Connecting to a fitness app/device will sync your distance data (and your activity data for Garmin, Strava, and the Map My Apps) to our app. To do so, just tap on the app/device that you want to connect to. You should be taken to your fitness app/device’s log in page. Log in to your fitness app/device’s account and agree to connect it to the 365 Mile Challenge App. Then, it should take you to the Dashboard. The process to connect each app/device vary slightly, but they all should follow this general format. Once you successfully connected a fitness app/device to the 365MC app, it will say Connected next to the fitness app/device.

To make sure that connected apps/devices don’t record the same distance multiple times, you can only have one app/device connected at a time. However, you are able to remove or change your connected app/device at any time. The 365MC app will start syncing data with your connected app/device from the time you connect it to when you disconnect it. No distance or activity history will be synced to your account. Even if you keep your fitness app/device connected all the time, I recommend opening the 365MC app once in a while. The 365MC app will sync data with your connected app/device whenever the 365MC app has been opened. It can sync multiple days at a time (as long as it’s connected), but if you don’t open the 365MC app by the end of a challenge, your total distance may be off. Plus, you can view your progress and keep in touch in the Community message board! If your miles for the day are off, try completely closing the 365MC app and reopening it. That usually fixes the problem and syncs to your connected app/device.

Please note that you cannot pick and choose which distances are synced to the 365MC app. All miles from a connected app/device will be synced. If you want to log only certain miles, connect the app/device right before you start your miles and disconnect the app/device afterwards to avoid unwanted miles counting towards a challenge. Alternatively, you can use our pedometer or log your miles manually.

Challenges

Challenges is broken up into three tabs. The first tab, All Challenges, shows all of our challenges. You can tap on any of them for a description of the selected challenge. You will also see a Join button that when tapped, will take you to our store on our website to register for the challenge. Registration for a challenge is required to have access to our app’s features. You will have access for the duration of the registered challenge. When you have a current registration for a challenge, the Join button will change to Joined.

The In Progress tab is where you will find all of your current challenges. Tap on one of these challenges for a more detailed look of your progress. You can also change your yearly goal for the challenge. For example, if you are going for a Double, Triple, or Xtreme in the 365 Mile Challenge, you’ll want to edit your goal here. Just tap on the edit icon on the top right corner of the screen. You can edit your goal to 1X, 2X, 3X, or a custom goal. This goal will be reflected in the progress bar for your challenge.

Additionally, you can find your Challenge-related Badges for the 365 Mile Challenge by tapping on the Badges You’ve Earned button on the bottom of your 365 Mile Challenge screen. You can only earn these badges from the 365 Mile Challenge and they all have to do with your progress in the challenge. When you earn a badge, you can view it here. There are also options for you to share your badge with the Community as a post or share it by one of the options on your phone (email, text, social media, etc.). As these badges are only for the 365 Mile Challenge, you can earn them every year you participate in the challenge.

The last tab is called Completed. This tab is where all of your completed challenges are located. Once a challenge ends, it will show up here. This happens automatically at midnight on the day after the challenge’s official end date. You will not be able to add or delete any miles once a challenge is completed.

Tap on any of your completed challenges to see your how you did. Your Finisher’s Certificate will be located here for each of your challenges as well. Share your certificate with the Community or with your phone options just like you can with your badges. You will also have the option to download your certificate as a PDF by tapping on the Download Certificate option on the top of the screen when viewing your certificate.

Log History

Log History is where you will find all of your log entries for the year. Tap on any of them to view more information about a specific log entry. You will find all of your activity information, as well as the source of the log entry, if it is private or public in the Community, and which challenges it is applied to. The yellow arrow under this information can be tapped on to share the log entry as a post in our Community.

If the log entry is from our pedometer or a manual entry, you will see a red trashcan icon next to it and a “Delete this log entry” option on the expanded view of a log entry. Tap on the trashcan icon or “Delete this log entry” to delete it. Log entries from a connected app/device cannot be deleted, because of how they are synced with the app. Please be careful when connecting an app/device to avoid unwanted log entries.

On the top right corner of Log History, there is a plus sign. Tapping on it will bring you to the Log Distance feature where you can manually log a distance.

Settings

Set up how the 365MC app functions in Settings. It is a good idea to go into Settings when you first download the app and change any of the options to make sure it runs how you want it to. If the setting is a switch, just tap on the option that you want to edit your settings.

The first setting option is Push Notifications. Turning push notifications off means that you will not receive any push notifications at all – not when you receive a badge or finisher’s certificate, not when you get a like or comment on your post, and not for important announcements about the challenge. I recommend keeping push notifications on to receive important notifications about the challenge. We don’t spam push notifications, I promise!

Choose the distance and elevation units that you want to use in the next section. Choose between miles and kilometers for distance, and feet and meters for elevation. These units will be used on your graphs, the pedometer, and as default for the Log Distance feature.

It is important to change Time Zone to your time zone, as challenge start and end times are based on the selected time zone. If it is not on your time zone, your challenge may end a couple hours before or after it should. All US and Canadian time zones are available to choose from on the dropdown menu.

“Start of the week” is a setting for you to choose when you want a new week to start on your Week graphs. Choose between Sunday and Monday. This is just for your personal preference, and doesn’t affect the challenge.

“Make account public” lets you choose if you want your log entries to be defaulted as public or private. When you add a log entry by our pedometer or manually, you can always change if you want a specific log entry to be public or private.

Val and I put our hearts and souls to develop the 365 Mile Challenge App and make it great for you – our members. I hope that this overview has helped you to fully take advantage of our app and all of its awesome features. Please take a look at the FAQs about our app, which can be found on the side navigation menu of the 365MC app. And, I hope you come to love it as much as we do!

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  • Jenny IrwinJanuary 6, 2023 - 1:58 pm

    I’ve been having problems getting my fitbit to sync when I finish a walk.  I’ve been disconnecting my fitbit and then reconnecting and then it downloads the distance.  The first time I tried it, it was 1/2 hr after my walk so I was wondering if it was including any steps that I took in the meantime.  I will try closing and opening the 365 app and see if that works better.  By the way, I would suggest notating “365 app”  vs just the app.  It might make it a little clearer.  On the first read I wasn’t sure which app you were talking about in that section.   ReplyCancel

    • adminJanuary 6, 2023 - 3:22 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Kayla also uses a Fitbit and she said that it doesn’t download the distance until she closes and reopens our app, so if you haven’t yet, please try that. It has something to do with how Fitbit downloads their data and out of our control unfortunately. Thanks for the suggestion for the post. I’ll pass it along to Kayla! ~ValReplyCancel

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