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Around the world in (?) days | Join Polar’s Strava Club

May 4, 2017

Edit: Running around the globe was clearly no match for us. We’ve now set our sights on something bigger (actually smaller): the Moon. Come join our mission to run to the Moon.

Hey you, runners! We’re kicking off our new running club on Strava with a little running challenge: we want to run around the world, that is we want to cover the distance of 40,075 km or 24,901 miles.

Whether you want to beat yesterday’s 10 KM or take the first steps to find your running feet – we welcome everyone to join the club and help us. You can find the Polar running club on Strava, right here. We’ll share tips, tricks, stories and more as we seek to run around the world.

How long does it take to run around the world?

This sounds like a fairly simple math problem. Let’s try to solve it:

If a person is running at a pace of 6 min/km, how long would it take to run around the world (40,075 km)?

Answer: 6min/km*40,075km= 240,450 min = 4,007.5 h = 167 days of continuous running

Of course, no one person can run for 167 days straight but imagine a really big relay race in which one person runs for an hour, passes the baton to the next who runs for an hour… and so on.

So, there we have it. If there’s someone somewhere participating in our challenge at all times (and they’re eerily efficient at running exactly 1 km in 6 minutes), we’ll be done in 167 days. If there are two people participating at all times that cuts the time in half: so 83,5 days in total.

But as we all know, life rarely is as orderly as a math problem and as of this writing  we have logged nearly 5,000 kilometers already – in one day!

What can you do to help?

We’ll need all of you to finish with flying colors. Here are some things you can do to help:

  • Join our running club on Strava, lace up your running shoes and start tracking those kilometers/miles
  • Call you friend down under and encourage them to sign up too (they can run while you sleep)
  • Share this blog post and let others know you’re participating

The Polar running challenge FAQ

How does this challenge work?

Here’s what you need to do in order to participate:

Joining the Polar running club on Strava

  • Join the Polar running club on Strava (If you don’t have a Strava account, you can create one for free)
  • Track your running kilometers and sync them to Strava
  • If you’re a member of our running club and your runs are public, your kilometers are automatically counted towards the goal

Do I need a Polar product to participate?

All you need is a way to track your running distance and sync it to Strava. If you want to do it with a Polar running watch, take a look at our GPS running watches in the official Polar web store.

How can I join the Polar running club in Strava?

First, you need a Strava account. When you have that, navigate to this page and choose Join club. Voilà! You’re in.

How can I connect Polar Flow and Strava?

Follow these instructions and you should be good to go.

What happens after we run around the world?

We celebrate! We rest our tired feet. We smell the rain and do it again. That’s how we roll.