Distance-Based Challenge Ideas For Teams

Challenges aimed at teams are an easy way to promote the engagement of your team and make the team move towards a common mission. In addition to step and activity formula challenges, YuMuuv has recently also automated distance-based challenges so that users with integrated wearable device data and manual input data can participate together in the same challenge at the same time.

Since every challenge has a beginning and an end, measuring and making sense of the distance covered is a good way to make a whole journey out of it. It is through conceptualizing and creating the trajectory of this challenge that it is possible to motivate the participants not only to take part in the beginning but also during the journey. Whether it's linking to certain milestones or creating a broader sense of meaning. Based on this, YuMuuv wants to propose some ideas that could be considered as a goal, but it is important to consider some key elements first.​​​​​

Period Length

The length of the challenge period is one important criterion that determines the distance that can be covered together. YuMuuv's challenges have been anything between a day and a whole year. It is important to think it through for yourself, what is the broader goal? In the case of short-term projects, the lengths are often from a few weeks to a few months, a longer-term plan can often have a bigger challenge for an entire year, which is empowered by small intermediate challenges for involvement spikes.

A Number of People

The estimated number of people is also important to understand to create a collective goal to make it realistically achievable. Of course, it is also often an unpredictable quantity, because at the beginning of the project you don't know who will come. For this reason, our recommendation is always that if a collective goal is set, it is better to tilt toward everyone completing it rather than the opposite. If you have already done similar initiatives before, there might be a more concrete understanding of what is realistic. The experience helps to form the goal, the message, and the model of recognition.

People Swimming

Average Distance AKA Predictive Behavior

With Distance-Based Challenges, it is important the know what would be the average distance that will be covered by a person. Since there are so many different people and ways of moving (for example it is possible to cover the distance, for example, by bike, running, walking, roller skating, etc.), then it is difficult to determine the estimated average precisely according to the use. The recommended distance between 6-15 km is large. Choose the most suitable for you according to the season.

A Meaningful Goal

Setting a meaningful goal is critical to the success of any team, whether they're working remotely or in person. Without a clear and attainable goal, it's difficult to measure progress and stay motivated. For remote teams, illogical distance can be a major obstacle to achieving goals. But with a little creativity, there are plenty of ways to overcome this challenge. Here are a few ideas:

From Earth to Moon

The moon is about 384,400 kilometers from Earth. That means that if you and a friend were standing on opposite sides of the planet, you would be about 1,000 times farther apart than if you were standing next to each other. So how could you use this distance to create a fun challenge for your team? 

Have each team member walk, run, or bike the distance they can while noting that you are collectively moving from Earth to the moon. This is a great way to get everyone moving and motivated! If your team is more creative, try coming up with sub-goals during the journey or connect that to the company's core values. This could also be a chance to make a competition battle between teams while each of them has their own "rocket" that is trying to reach the moon.

Circle Around Ukraine

If your team is looking for a challenge that will push them to their limits but has a purposeful meaning then consider a virtual trip around Ukraine. Currently, during the war, this goal could be the way to collect support towards Ukraine for a charity that helps the ones who have been suffering because of the war. This Ukraine distance-based challenge will have your team circumnavigating the entire country, covering a distance of approximately 7,000 kilometers. Along the way, make sure they'll need to overcome various obstacles and complete educational tasks, all while staying within the set time limit. This is sure to be a test of both physical and team-spirit endurance, and one that your team will never forget.


Road Between Office Locations

If your company has at least two different office locations, then this challenge can be for you. A road between office locations is a great way to get team members connected to your company's values, while also getting some exercise. This can be done as a relay, with each team member running or biking a certain distance before passing the baton to the next person. 

Another option is to have teams compete to see who can raise the most money for a charity by walking, running, or biking between two office locations. This is a great way to encourage employee fitness and give back to the community at the same time. Additionally, for a special prize, you could have teams compete to see who can come up with the most creative way to travel between two office locations.

Finally, you could have teams compete to see who can find the most interesting or unique route between two office locations while making some pictures in the chat. This is a great way to encourage employees to explore their surroundings and think outside the box.

Visit the 7 Wonders of the World

There are many different ways to measure the 7 wonders of the world. Some people might choose to measure them by their size, while others might choose to measure them by their beauty. But what if you measured them by their distance? Here are some distance-based challenge ideas for teams who want to virtually visit some of the 7 wonders of the world.

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. It is also the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. This could be a good starting point for example The Taj Mahal which is in India. It is a mausoleum complex that was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This journey is good to go through collectively as it is multiple thousands of kilometers.

2. Another rote could be starting from the Colosseum, an elliptical amphitheater in Rome, Italy. It is the largest amphitheater ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. The endpoint could be Petra, Jordan, which might not be so famous as some of the others as it is the newest in the list, chosen there by people in 2007, but would be definitely worth the virtual trip.

3. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that were built to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire. The wall is about 1,500 miles long and runs through several provinces in northern China. Imagine if your team chooses to virtually move from one location to another, what a motivating goal it could be if you can say that you virtually walked through the Great Wall of China. This distance-based challenge can be completed in meaningful time individually as well as collectively.

Choose the one or multiple roads that work best for your team based on its size and time length if you are willing to do the challenge.

The Great Wall of China

Continent Challenge

If you're looking for a challenge that will test your team's ability to work together, why not try a continent challenge? This is where teams have to complete a certain number of tasks or milestones to progress around the map. The first team to reach the finish line wins, but there's also a lot of fun to be had in seeing how far you can get before the time runs out.

There are plenty of different ways to set up a continent challenge, so it's really up to you how difficult you want to make it. You could set up multiple routes and then let the teams choose the one they most like or differentiate it based on the activities routes that teams must follow. 

Whichever way you decide to set it up, a continent challenge is sure to be a nice touch to your teamwork and engagement. So if you're looking for a fun and challenging activity for your team, give this one a go!

Capital Cities to Visit

There are many great capital cities to visit, but which ones are the best for a distance-based challenge? Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

For example move from Washington D.C, USA, with its many historical landmarks and museums to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with its stunning beaches, world-famous carnival, and lively nightlife. Or how about Europe must-be? Moving from London, England, a classic choice for a capital city challenge, as it is the home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks to Paris, France which is another capital city full of history and culture, a must-visit for any travel lover.

Another great Capital Challenge could happen virtually in Asia. From Beijing, China with Tiananmen Square to Tokyo, Japan a modern metropolis. Choose the capitals that make the most sense for your company to complete and compete in the distance-based challenge.


Visit Santa Claus

Looking for a fun and festive way to challenge your team this holiday season? Why not have them visit virtually Santa Claus? This can be done on an indiviual or group level, depending on your team's location and preference. You can also add other objectives, such as having everyone take a photo with Santa or getting him to answer a holiday-themed trivia question.

Not only is this a great way to get your team into the holiday spirit, but it's also a great opportunity for some friendly competition. So gather your team and start planning your visit to Santa today!

Round the Earth

Assuming you have a team of at least four people, why not challenge yourselves to walk, run, or cycle around the earth? The circumference of the earth is approximately 40,075km, so depending on your fitness levels and how much time you want to spend on the challenge, you could aim to complete it in anywhere from four months to a year. 

You could break the route up into stages, with each person completing a section before passing it on to the next team member, or you could do it as one continuous journey, taking turns to cover different sections. If you wanted to add an extra element of competition, you could keep track of your progress against other teams taking on the same challenge.



If you're looking for a fun and unique way to challenge your team, try implementing a distance-based challenge. YuMuuv is the tool that can most conveniently parter up with you to make it happen. By using creative thinking and planning, we can come up with a variety of different challenges that will help your team bond and work together more efficiently. Give it a try today and see how your team reacts!