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What is a Team Virtual Race challenge?
The Team Virtual Race mode allows participants to compete in a long-distance race along a virtual path. This mode allows you to set a distance goal for your participants to reach over the course of the challenge. In this article, we'll explain how to create a Team Virtual Race challenge and set a realistic goal for teams to aim for.
Before we get started, here are a few important notes to keep in mind:
If you’re using a custom racetrack, it must be published before it will show up as an option to select during challenge creation. Learn more here.
You must create your challenge and add your Team Virtual Race mode to the challenge before you can create teams and begin inviting users to join.
Creating a Team Virtual Race challenge
Go to the MoveSpring admin center and select the Challenges tab:
Select the green "+ Create challenge" button
Enter your challenge details (for help with this step, click here) and select Next
Scroll down to Team modes and select Team Virtual Race
Select the racetrack theme you want to run for your Team Virtual Race
Enter a team goal in miles for each team to work towards during your challenge. For tips on setting a realistic goal, click here.
Select your preferred team settings and select Save to add your Team Virtual Race mode to your challenge.
After adding any additional challenge modes, select the green Save and Continue button to review your challenge details and select Finish to create your challenge.
Select View Challenge to go to your challenge dashboard and locate your Team Virtual Race mode.
Select Manage Teams to create and manage teams. Learn more about managing teams here.
How a Team Virtual Race is scored
The goal you set for your Team Virtual Race represents the average total distance that each team needs to reach to complete the race. The average total distance is found by combining all distance totals moved by each team member on a team, and then dividing by the number of team members on that team to find the per person average.
Team Member 1: 40 total miles
Team Member 2: 50 total miles
Team Member 3: 60 total miles
Total Team Miles = 150
Team Members = 3
150 total team miles ÷ 3 team members = 50 average total miles
As participants move through the race as a team, they will reach milestones together where they unlock fun and educational content related to your virtual race theme, so you’ll want to set a realistic goal that gives every team the chance the finish the race!
In the screenshots below, you can see that teams will be able to view their average total distance moved along the map, along with their overall team rank compared to other teams participating in the race:
How to set a Team Virtual Race goal
When setting a Team Virtual Race goal, you’ll want to consider two things:
Average user distance total per day
Duration of challenge (in days)
The equation you'll use to determine your group goal:
Average user distance total/day X Total days of duration
Determining your average user activity per day
How many miles or kilometers do you think your users will average each day of the challenge? You can reference the User Report or Dashboard in the Admin Center to help you find this number.
User Report: Go to the Reports section of the Admin Center. Pull a User Report based on the date range of your most recent challenge. Download the User Report. Take the average of the Average Distance column.
Dashboard: Go to the Dashboard of the Admin Center. Scroll down to the Group Activity Average graph. Toggle the metric to see distance totals. Change the dates to your most recent challenge or a 2-3 month period of time. Take a look at the average. What number seems to be near the middle of the ranges? Use that as your daily average.
First challenge? No user data yet?
A safe average to reference is 2.5 miles or 4 kilometers per day.
Note: Goals must be set in miles. When you multiply the daily average by the number of days in your challenge, please convert the total to miles and enter the mileage during challenge creation. For example, see below:
3 kilometers per day x 25 days = 75 km, or 46.60 miles
5 kilometers per day x 25 days = 125 km, or 77.67 miles
For questions about creating your challenge or setting up teams, please reference the following articles:
For questions on setting a goal, please reach out to your client success representative should you wish to discuss setting a Team Virtual Race goal further. We can help to estimate and calculate!