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Status: Gathering Kudos

This was suggested in August of last year, but I haven't seen any further discussion or movement.  Currently, the only way to show elapsed time on something like a run, is to mark it as a "race".  The timing data is already there in the analysis portion of the activity, so it's just a matter of giving the user the option to use that vice "moving time".

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Status changed to: Gathering Kudos

Thanks for submitting your idea to toggle between displaying elapsed time and moving time on your activities. It has been reviewed by our moderation team and is now open to voting.

Mt. Kenya

How can we make progress on this? it confuses me why Strava insists on displaying my long runs with times under (faster) than the the route CR unless I lie and say that it was a 'race' event.  I don't like either option as it confuses my friends! 'Moving Time' is utterly random as GPS is terrible in certain terrains. I'm often listed as stopped in error which reduces the 'Moving Time' by huge chunks.

Like many runners, I only care about my 'Elapsed Time'. Its relevant to me that it took x hours to complete a trail/route. 'Moving Time' is confusing as I don't know the Strava algorithm which computes if I'm moving/stopped OR satellite availability allowing for GPS accuracy. There are too many variables. Let me have a option (preferably the default option) which removes these variables please.

Mt. Kenya

This is also an issue for swimming. Apparently the algorithm decided that I swim too slowly and spend 2/3 of my time not moving.


After a decade of using fitness-tracking platforms, I can’t really think of a (common) scenario where I’d rather see Moving vs. Elapsed Time. Even on my day hikes, it bothers me to see that I’ve hiked 12 miles in “4 hours,” or whatever the platform decides my moving time was. It’s completely unrealistic. I did not walk that fast, continuously, the entire time, without ever stopping to enjoy the moment.

Telling users to mark their activities as Race (as is usually done, including by Strava staff) completely defeats the meaning of the Race tag. I’ve seen people mark every single one of their runs as a Race, including their Sunday morning jog, just to show Elapsed Time.

When a feature (the Race tag) is so commonly misused that the misuse becomes the recommended usage, you need to seriously rethink your design.

Mt. Kenya

Yes. Fix this. Yesterday.

Mt. Kenya

Totally agree. I like to run the same routes and compare my time, and stopping to catch my breath is a part of how good shape i'm in and should count towards the whole activity i'm logging. Having to manually mark each run as a race is tedious. I'm new to Strava, and it seems to have several nice features, but this issue is big enough that I'll be looking to switch back over to Runkeeper pretty soon.

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I agree. I would like to see elapsed time. I specifically joined strava to keep track of my activities and lapsed time as i CANNOT do this effectively on Garmin i guess i will have find something else. Dammit.


Same here, as I describe similar issue/need for hiking. I vote for it.

Mt. Kenya

Please allow this, especially for outdoor swims where there isn't even the option to tag it as a race and you're generally moving slowly enough that it counts most of the activity as not moving.

Mt. Kenya

Has this moved any further forward? The time moving is completely broken

Mt. Kenya

Stravas entire recording of personal bests Is destroyed by this. Please fix it

Mt. Kenya

On longer (ultra-distance) runs moving time makes zero sense as occasional rest breaks might be part of the activity and reducing those (and elapsed time) part of training. "Moving time" is completely useless data in this circumstance. And the workaround of tagging it as a "race" is just as misleading as the incorrect time.

A toggle between options is a simple but important change to turn junk data into useful training data, and avoid misleading the athlete and other observers who may be following their feed.

Mt. Kenya

I mean, isn’t using “moving time” making the world a worse place?  It is validating fake running information and the only reason I can think of Strava having this is to make people feel good about themselves, vs giving accurate information?  This is a big annoyance for mountain running and mountain biking in particular as our steep uphill climbs are often loaded with “not moving” via Strava.  Love Strava, but this is such a stupid policy, and I want to tag only actual races as races so I can easily find them on my training log. 

Mt. Kenya

And for something marked as a "Workout" you would assume Strava would use the elapsed time by default, but if it has a GPS track it insists on using moving time which is not very meaningful for a workout.

I see this when importing triathlon transitions as workouts from my Garmin watch.  We don't even have a "race" feature on a workout.

Mt. Kenya

If I wanted to only see the times when I'm moving during an activity I would pause strava whenever I stopped. It's hard to believe this is the default.