Special Olympics North America Stride Challenge WALK, RUN OR ROLL BETWEEN OCTOBER 19, 2020 AND DECEMBER 13, 2020.

View the Special Olympics North America (SONA) Stride Challenge leaderboards and submit your weekly distance!

SONA Stride Challenge Details

WHAT: An 8-week distance challenge to walk, run or roll in a wheelchair.

WHO: Special Olympics athletes can register as an individual or part of a Unified pair with a family member, friend or other supporter.

WHEN: Participant registration opens October 7. The SONA Stride Challenge runs October 19 – December 13, 2020.

HOW: After registering, participants keep track of the distance they run, walk or roll in their wheelchairs via Strava. Each week on Monday, they will self-report their distance for the previous 7 days via a SmartSheet survey, earning them a coveted spot on the Region-wide leaderboard.

Join the SONA Stride Challenge!

Step 1: Register to participate.

Step 2: Download the Strava App to your phone or electronic device.

Need some help getting started with Strava? Check out the quick start guide (for a smartphone or for the computer) or watch the video below.

When you log activity with Strava, be sure to tell Strava that you're running (even if you're walking or rolling in your wheelchair) so that you appear on your Program's leaderboard!

Strava is free to use. If you're asked to sign up for a paid account, just hit "skip" or "maybe later".

Prefer to use a different app? No problem, but please be honest when entering your weekly info.

Step 3: Join your Special Olympics Program's club within Strava.

Click on your Program below to join their Club.

Don't see your Program? Join the Special Olympics North America Strava Club!

Step 4: Share that you're joining the Stride Challenge on social media!


Walk, Run or Roll: Roll in your wheelchair, but don’t count your time in the car, bike, pool, rollerblading, skateboarding or on a scooter. Those can be great activities, but our challenge is focused on walking or running.

Be Honest! This is self-paced and self-managed. Please provide an honest and accurate account when recording your results. If you forget to take your phone or your fitness application, you can enter your mileage manually.

Be Safe! As you are being active, make sure you follow local guidelines for being outside. This includes wearing masks (if needed) and making sure you are striding where you can be safe from traffic.

Be Social! As you complete activities, please post pictures on social media. Use the hashtag #SONAStride.

Be Encouraging! As people post their activities, pictures, and progress, encourage your fellow challenge members.

Be Brave in the Attempt! Challenge yourself!

Participant Activation Toolkit

  • Social media messages: copy and paste these messages on your social profiles to encourage your friends to Stride with you!
  • Social media graphics: share these images on your social profiles to encourage your friends to Stride with you!