In this unusual time we’ve decided to run an online activity challenge using Big Team Challenge and we’re opening it up free to friends and family.
We think it’ll be a nice way to keep us active and connected.
The challenge starts on Monday the 4th of May and runs for 4 weeks. Each team will be aiming to travel around the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (276.8km) before it ends. Walking, running and cycling are all encouraged, as the system allows you to input your daily distance. You can also automatically track your progress using your Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health, and Google Fit (learn how).
Each team is limited to 3 members, so choose yours wisely.
Follow the instructions below to register and get your team invited.
Big Team Challenge is a virtual activity challenge. As part of a team, your real-world physical activity is mapped onto a virtual route; your goal is to reach the end of the route by the time the challenge ends. You can track your physical activity via our website, with our iOS and Android apps, or you can sync with FitBit, Apple Health and Google Fit. For this challenge, we’re making our way from the Isle of Barra to the Isle of Lewis. The challenge starts at 09:00 (GMT) on May 4th and finishes at 23:59 on June 1st.
Before The Challenge Begins
First, get your team ready. You can either organise a new team yourself or join an existing one. If you’re creating a new team, you’ll want to register your new account, create a team, then invite your team-mates. If you’re joining an existing one, you might receive a team invitation or you can join the team from the website/apps once you’ve registered. To register, visit http://papertank.bigteamchallenge.com or download our app from the App Store or Google Play and use "papertank.bigteamchallenge.com" as the 'challenge website address'. If you’ve been given an access code by your challenge organiser, you’ll need to enter it during the registration process. Once you’re registered, you can create a new team and invite your team-mates. If you’ve been invited to a team, you’ll see the invitations on the website and in the apps.
During the Challenge
Once the challenge begins, it’s time to start tracking your activity. You can manually enter your activity on the apps and website or you can choose to sync a connected service such as Fitbit, Apple Health or Google Fit (both of these are available via the app). Doing so means your activity will sync without you having to manually enter it. If you’ve linked Apple Health or Google Fit, your latest activity will sync every time you open the app, so make sure to do that every few days. As you track your activity, your team will progress along the virtual route. The map will show you where you are along the route and the leaderboard will allow you to see your team’s ranking.