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Remove "walks" from running challenges and expand challenges for walks

runprime
Shkhara

Walks have been added to running challenges as of January 2024 and as a person who does both run and walk acitvities as separate sports, this has ruined the experience of challenges in the app for me, and in general.

My walks are no counting towards running challenges which rightly used to be separate. They are separate sports.

I found an idea here from last year where somebody requested the opposite and now it has been implemented. From their point of view, they were lesser abled and some walks "felt" like runs to them, which i acknowledge - however, the solution there is ti simply record a running workout on your device, not a walk.

To improve the experience for walkers then more 5k, 10k and monthly mileage challenges can be set up to keep it interesting. 

Last year I really enjoyed tracking my walking challenge and sepaately doing the running challenges. 

Now there are fewer challenges in total which seems like the app is getting worse, not better.

Also importantly need to point out that runs are not included in the walking challenges.... I guess that's the real punchline to this joke.

 

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Irreverent-Run
Shkhara

Cancelled my renewal, vote with my feet

JamieS
Mt. Kenya

Completely agree. If this is not rectified I will not renew with Strava. It is frustrating as I like to track my monthly KM as I'm aiming for 100km running per month. But having walks included in the running figures means I have to manually calculate which ultimately means Strava has become less useful. Please fix this quick Strava.

fryeharp
Shkhara

I also paid for Strava for the first time in December.  If this doesn’t change, this will be the first and last annual subscription I buy.  I run and I walk.  I’m not a running snob, but for the love of God, I’d like to track my miles for each separately!  I have different goals for each activity.  Strava, it would be nice if you’d respond.  But, in this culture where we can’t hurt feelings or have anyone feel “less” than the other, this makes sense.  Walkers can pretend they’re runners, and I’ll “pretend” I’m an alpine skier and track running miles as alpine ski miles.

100% agree. If this is not rectified I will not renew Strava. 

Hey look at me, I’m swimming on asphalt.

I can’t wait to start canoeing my walks to keep them separate from my runs.

dangreen17
Pico de Orizaba

Someone else wrote this, and I can’t put it better myself:

“You have defined walks as a different activity than runs, so they should not be combined for a challenged under the title of one specific activity.  You had a whopping total of 6 (yes, six) people support the idea of adding walks to runs.  You have had multiple times that number of separate threads (not to mention support of each thread) requesting you go back to separate challenges.  Can you provide even a simple explanation as to why you are continuing this?”

For context with the 6 people that wanted runs and walks merged, there are 3,200 in a group on Strava asking for it to be reversed.  

it might be embarrassing for you, but the sooner you admit the mistake and correct it, the better 

anchskier
Denali

@Jane @Scout - What the heck?  I see you are continuing to completely ignore your users.  Walks are included again for the March "running" challenges.  Why do you bother to call them "running" challenges at this point anyway if you are going to include walking?  You have defined walks as a different activity than runs, so they should not be combined for a challenged under the title of one specific activity.  You had a whopping total of 6 (yes, six) people support the idea of adding walks to runs.  You have had multiple times that number of separate threads (not to mention support of each thread) requesting you go back to separate challenges.  Can you provide even a simple explanation as to why you are continuing this?  You at least owe us that.  

Agoodheart
Pico de Orizaba

Any update on this? It looks like the March challenges are still only offering this new type of “running” challenge that includes walks but still no actual running challenge! Would it be so difficult to make this a “100K movement” challenge for the people who wanted the combined run/walk option and a separate “100K running” challenge for runners (who seem to comprise most of this app’s audience)? Please??

Aqua4
Shkhara

My paid subscription is due for renewal in the next few months so I’ve been checking out the stats on my Garmin Connect app. It’s linked to my watch which I use for all my runs and they’re actually pretty good. You can overlay things like heart rate, pace and cadence. You can see lap times, and a heat map showing faster/ slower sections on your route. You can also join a wide range of challenges including a ‘run 50 miles’ monthly challenge and guess what, your walks don’t count and ruin your running stats! You can also connect with your friends on Garmin Connect. Strava: you haven’t listened to your runners, so bye bye.