Holiday Challenge 2017

November 23–December 24

The Details

  • Row and/or ski 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters from November 23 to 11:59 p.m. December 24.
  • Support great causes with your meters!
  • You do not need to be on a team to participate! Log your individual meters.
  • Indoor rower and SkiErg meters only (no on water/on snow meters please). You can combine meters from each machine to reach the challenge goal.
  • Kids Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 meters.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
  • Deadline for entering meters: 11:59 pm GMT, January 4th.

Holiday Challenge Charities

There's also a charitable giving aspect to the Holiday Challenge. Here's how it works: For every person who rows or skis 100k during the challenge, Concept2 will donate $.02 per kilometer (1000 meters) to your choice of the this year's selected charities. Once you get beyond 100k, we'll donate $.04 per additional kilometer. Note: For kids and adaptive participants, the $.04 rate will take effect at 50k.

Thank you for all your hard work for the 2016 challenge. See the following table for a breakdown of how much you all raised.

Charity Amount Donated
One Acre Fund $6,410.72
Global Fund for Women $9,201.96
Ocean Conservancy $16,991.66
Building Bright Futures Vermont $2,367.22

Making Additional Donations

Many of you have asked about donating personally to the charities selected for the Holiday Challenge. For those of you interested, we ask that you please send your donations directly to the charities. You can find information on how to donate on each charity's site (see links above). Thank you for your generosity!

How To Participate

  1. You must have an Online Logbook at (it's FREE!) and all of your meters must be entered into your Online Logbook. If you don't already have one, visit the Online Logbook home page and follow the directions to register. Kids Challenge participants need to set up an individual logbook (using a parent's email address is fine).
  2. Under the Profile tab, enter your current mailing address. This is to ensure we have your correct mailing address for mailing your pin (see below for how to qualify).
  3. After you row/ski, record your meters in your Online Logbook. The Online Logbook automatically calculates your meters during the challenge.
  4. Visit the Challenges page in your Online Logbook. When you've reached your goal, the Challenges page of the Online Logbook automatically recognizes your achievement and displays instructions for claiming your rewards.

Incentives and Rewards

The incentives and rewards available depend on which goal you achieve. Here's how it works.

200k, 50k Kids and Adaptive

Participants who complete 200,000 meters or kids and adaptive athletes who complete 50,000 meters are entitled to the following incentives and rewards:

  • A free downloadable certificate of achievement
  • A free Holiday Challenge pin: Pins are sent to the address on file in your Online Logbook. Please ensure you have entered a valid mailing address by January 4th in order to receive your pin. Pins will only be sent to people who have chosen a charity to donate money to (or chosen "Let Concept2 Choose").
  • Access to the Holiday Challenge shop through our third-party fulfillment vendor

100k Finishers

Participants who complete 100,000 meters are entitled to the following incentives and rewards:

  • A free downloadable certificate of achievement
  • Access to the Holiday Challenge shop through our third-party fulfillment vendor (availability varies by country)

Preparing for the Holiday Challenge

If completing 100,000 or 200,000 meters in a month is a new challenge for you, here are some ideas to help you prepare:

  • Don't be intimidated! Every year people who have never completed long distances complete the challenge.
  • Gradually build your workout time. Try adding an extra 1000 meters per day, especially if you don't usually complete 7000 meters at a time.
  • If you don't usually workout every day, try rowing/skiing for several days in a row. The workouts can be short, but see how it feels to row/ski more often.
  • Keep some stretching in your routine or add it if you haven't been doing it regularly.
  • Think about when you will fit your extra Holiday Challenge rowing/skiing into your schedule. If it requires you to workout at a different time of day than usual, try it out ahead of time to see how it feels.
  • Plan ahead so that you can make up any missed meters due to travel or other commitments.
  • Pace yourself! Many people have commented that the Holiday Challenge pushed them to row/ski more than they ever thought they could, and it felt great! On the other hand, it is not wise to make a sudden jump in the amount rowing/skiing you do, so keep this in mind. You can build your daily meters gradually, even during the challenge itself.