The devout know how important the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage — a vast network of trails that lead to the shrine of the Apostle Saint James located in the Spanish cathedral of Santiago de Compostela — is to the Catholic faith, and now they can “walk” the epic 772km route through The Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge.
All you have to do is sign up for entry (prices start at USD29.70 or Php1,485), and advance through the trail’s Google Street View map from France to Spain by manually logging in any type of exercise activity through the website or automatically updating your progress with the app via Apple or Android. The challenge’s fitness app is also supported by a variety of programs such as Apple Watch, Google Fit, Fitbit and Map My Run, to name a few.
Exercises can include everything from low-impact options like walking or yoga, to swimming, running, and elliptical or wheelchair activities. Time spent on non-distance exercises such as yoga can be converted to distance equivalents with a handy guide provided upon request.
Completing this milestone doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor — you can team up with friends to share the distance and even adjust goals according to your fitness levels, though each team member will have to purchase their own entry in the trail. All those who complete the route will be awarded a limited-edition finishers medal; global shipping is available.
For those missing the sea breeze of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, sign up for the virtual 240km trail challenge along the iconic coastal highway here. Prices for entry start at USD29.95, and just like the Camino de Santiago challenge, you’ll be able to track your progress on the website or app, and will receive a finishers medal as well as a personalized digital certificate of completion.
Both races are scheduled to be completed by 26 August, 2020, so get your sneakers on and start running!