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Walking Challenge: Rio to Tokyo

Challenge Description

To celebrate to the summer games in Tokyo this year, we have built a virtual route from the previous site in Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, Japan! Get walking, running, cycling or swimming your way along this sporty challenge route.

The Benefits Of Running A Virtual Walking Challenge

Travel! Yes, we might all still be bound by travel restrictions and it looks like we might spend another summer in and around our homes... but that doesn't mean we can't visit some virtual travel spots! Getting your friends, family or colleagues out of the house and interacting with a walking challenge can help them build healthy exercise habits as well as boost their mental wellbeing.

Our virtual walking routes aim to be both physically challenging in terms of their length, but also engaging intellectually. We spend a lot of time and effort researching our routes and trying to take in as many of the wonders of the world as possible! Each route combines a mixture of urban and rural milestones and uses beautiful imagery to showcase these wonderful places. We then add as much information about the location as possible, to make the routes more engaging and educational.

Virtual Route Details

Our walking route starts off in the heart of Brazil, Rio De Janeiro and sets off through several South American countries including Peru, Columbia and and Puerto Rico. Our journey then takes us further up through north America and onto the edge of the continent in Alaska, before hopping over the Bering Strait into Russia. From here we make our way down the coast through Russia, North Korea, South Korea and into Japan itself!

Step Count: 45,923,063

Kilometers: 31494km

Miles: 19569 miles

Milestones: 26

National Walking Month

Walking Together This May

We're ramping up to May 2021, when we will see the UK launch it's annual National Walking Month! That means shaking off our winter routines and embracing the new spring weather. Read more about National Walking Month

Step Challenge

One of the easiest ways to get everyone involved this year is to run a walking challenge for your family, friends and community. Walking has so many wonderful health and mental wellbeing benefits, and is one of the easiest forms of exercise to get started with.

Creating your own challenge takes minutes with Big Team Challenge's 'Challenge Creator'. This allows you to choose how many participants can join, how long the challenge lasts for, what route you can walk and much more.

Our New Virtual Walks

To celebrate the UK and National Walking Month, we have created 4 new routes, each specifically around ones of the 4 countries.

Walk Northern Ireland

Walk Scotland

Walk England

Walk Wales

Customer Story: Orchardhill Parish Church

Adapting To The Community's Needs

Lockdown caused life to change is many ways and for members of Orchardhill Parish Church in Glasgow, Scotland, it meant an end to in-person gatherings. The regular services and the extra curricular social events which are important to so many parishioners were cancelled, leaving church members looking for novel ways of staying connected. The idea of a virtual pilgrimage was raised, and Big Team Challenge was chosen as the platform to help almost one-hundred churchgoers walk the 7,300 kms (4,536 miles) from Glasgow to Jerusalem.


Regular Updates

While on their journey, the church’s minister, Grant Barclay, gave a pilgrimage update on his weekly video sermon, adding his own personal thoughts and stories about the latest milestone the group had reached that week. The challenge organisers, Maureen and Richard Park, used the platform’s messaging tools to send out daily updates and weekly challenges, keeping everyone entertained and motivated throughout the four week journey.


Digital Fundraising

The challenge was also used as fundraiser, with donations being accepted from participants and their friends and family and put towards the various charities the church supports.


18 million steps counted

The church ran their challenge using our “One Big Challenge” mode, where all participants combine their steps towards a single route. This allowed the group to cover the huge distance surprisingly quickly, almost adding enough distance to walk there and back again. In the end, church members clocked up over 18 million steps during the six-week challenge.

Read about our other customer success stories here

Creating an exercise challenge during Covid restrictions

How covid-19 can lead to a healthier workplace

The restrictions that Covid-19 has placed upon almost every workplace is completely unique to an entire generation, but perhaps there's opportunity to be found behind it all.

In March the UK Government began imposing tighter restrictions on workplaces and a nationwide lockdown began, but at Big Team Challenge we saw a dramatic change: we saw an increase in new and existing employers signing up to use BIg Team Challenge.

Keeping communication flowing and staff engaged

With entire workforces being made to work remotely, it was understandable that office managers might think that productivity would slip, exercise routines would go out of the window and the health of their employees would suffer. This led to a lot of HR staff getting in touch and asking how they could integrate Big Team Challenge into their work places and get staff engaged.

The reports are in...

With each new challenge that's being run by our clients during Covid lockdown, we're getting excellent feedback on how our platform has left their teams with a great sense of friendly competition and increased motivation.

Read about one such experience