If you're thinking of running a Virtual or Hybrid event, allowing your participants to connect Strava to their fundraising pages allows them to log their activities, giving a tangible way to show what they've been doing, both to you and to their supporters. If you're not already familiar with Strava, here's a guide to some of the things you need to know.
Strava: What is it?
Strava is an online social platform that allows athletes to post their activities and connect with others.
How do Strava users log their activities?
Cycling, running, walking and swimming activities can be recorded using GPS cycling computers and watches (such as Garmin, Wahoo, Lezyne), as well as smartphones
Activities can also be created in Strava using manual activities. (more on these below)
How to upload activities to Strava
Bluetooth - Many GPS cycling computers can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This allows activities to be uploaded to Strava automatically, via apps such as Garmin Connect
USB - If your device has USB connectivity, this can allow activities to be uploaded from your computer.
Strava Support has an article for this here
These allow activities to be added to Strava by inputting the details of where the activity took place. You don't get all of the data that you would from recording the activity, but it means that participants don't have to have a GPS device or smartphone to take part
Manual activities can also be used to recreate an activity that gets lost or corrupted for whatever reason. (or maybe the battery ran out before the end - it happens!)
You'll notice that we allow manual activities to be turned on and off in Enthuse Events. The reason we've done that is to allow you to limit your event to GPS recordings if you'd prefer that
Our guide to adding manual activities can be found here
Once your participants have connected Strava to their page and set their privacy settings (see below), any activities that they record within the event dates that match the allowed activity types for your event will be shown on their fundraising page
Make sure that the event dates you select reflect the date range within which you want your participants to be able to complete their activities, and make sure that these are clear to your participants
Be careful with changing the event dates or allowed activity types once the event's started - this could cause participants' activities not to upload to their pages
If you're excluding some activity types, make sure your participants are aware of which activities they can and can't do - eg. if running's allowed but not walking
My participants are having trouble - how to help
There are a few things that participants can run into difficulty with, but don't worry - these are pretty easy to fix. Here are the most common ones:
Connecting Strava - if a participant has a Strava account already, they just need to log in and confirm the connection when they register for your event. However, if they choose to do this after registering, they just need to log in, which makes the Connect to Strava option appear on their page
Privacy settings - Strava users can decide who is able to see their activities, but if this is set to private, we won't be able to add their activities to their Enthuse fundraising page (including retrospectively after the settings are changed). More on that here. Strava allows users to set Privacy Zones if they're concerned about activity maps
Connected wrong account: The Strava login page allows a new Strava account to be created. If a participant does this accidentally and they have an account already - or they have multiple accounts and connect the wrong one - all they need to do is disconnect the wrong Strava account so that they can connect the right one. Here's how to do that
We're here if you need us - please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.