How do we calculate distances?

Miles are calculated as A x I x T x BP x B = Miles*

Where A = Activity (what exercise you are doing)

I = Intensity (how active you were during the activity)

T = Time (amount of time you are doing it)

BP = Bonus Points (you get double points if you do a bonus sport)

B = Benchmark (the fitness level you started at)

Why do we do this? We want to make the challenge fair for all participants.

It's about team effort and encouraging people to do more exercise than they usually would. By placing the Benchmark value in the equation it reflects the amount of effort individual team members are contributing to the challenge. Someone with a sedentary lifestyle prior to the challenge will be allocated more mileage than someone that has a high level exercise regime. So, build your teams with diverse members, not just the fittest people in your organisation!

Also, to provide a fairer playing field for all participants, we have created a three level leaderboard. The idea here is to let participants choose the level they want to compete at. So, for ultra competitive exercise fiends, make sure your team choose the 'Advanced' stream. For those that are active but not athletes, and want to compete with people at a similar level' choose 'Intermediate'. For those less active, but want to compete on a fair playing field, choose 'Beginner'.

*Natural Log Miles. We have measured the distance (in miles) between the milestones using natural logarithms rather than straight miles - this is to make sure that the difference between the length of each stage is not too big - we wanted to make the Paris/Athens stage take longer than the London/Paris stage, but not 6 times as long!

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