NEW! Virtual stair climbing challenge: Mount Everest or bust

Who hasn’t dreamed of climbing Mount Everest? If not for a few minor details — altitude sickness, -30 degree breezes, $45,000 fees, unstable ice, giant crevasses — most of us would have tried by now, right? Today you can challenge colleagues to use stairs climbed at home or work to …

Use relay teams for your company’s next fitness challenge

We launched Racery back in 2014 to help individuals motivate each other, even when they weren’t exercising in the same physical location. Each person’s daily mileage was logged on a virtual route, and her/his rank was marked on a leaderboard. Later, companies hosting races for their staffers asked us to …

Research shows that virtual races can double exercise rates

As companies seek to promote fitness using monatary rewards and gift cards, a key solution often gets ignored. New research by the University of Pennsylvania shows that simply putting people in a competition can nearly double their workout levels. “Competitive groups frame relationships in terms of goal-setting by the most …

Everyone wins motivation in a virtual race for corporate fitness

What’s the biggest reason to join a virtual race? Racers say… MOTIVATION! We recently surveyed participants in a virtual race for nearly 350 employees of more than a dozen companies in the Greater Kansas City area. Asked how the 17-day race had impacted their exercise, almost everyone said the race …

How to create a community fitness challenge on a custom virtual race route

Even as progressive companies focus on promoting employee fitness to fight diabetes, obsesity and hypertension, a few cities and regions are thinking bigger. They hope that by creating community-wide programs, they’ll achieve broader, more lasting changes in community health. Research shows that people rarely make health and fitness decisions in isolation. Instead, …

A step challenge upgrade — host a custom online company fitness challenge online

Tired of collecting employee exercise logs, then entering the miles into a spreadsheet to track everyone’s progress? Automate the process by launching a virtual fitness challenge through Racery’s full-service online platform. As employees log daily exercise miles, their progress is automatically updated on a virtual route and leaderboard. And racers …