Challenges are an important part of the Endomondo community – they are here to motivate and to give you an opportunity to win fun prizes while interacting with other Endos.
The recent Polish challenge, “Help Measured in Kilometers,” went beyond a challenge’s usual purpose. It managed to engage over 250,000 people in Poland (which is typically the number of users joining Endomondo global challenges) to support disabled children.
The challenge went from June to September. Every two weeks we announced a goal such as how many kilometers could be done collectively by tracking running, cycling, mountain biking, fitness walking, hiking or skating. Disabled people were invited to participate, too, by tracking their wheelchair and hand-biking activities. Challenge participants managed to track more than 40 million kilometers, which is 100 times more than the distance from Earth to the Moon.
As a result, T-Mobile donated 1 million Polish Zlotys (more than $300,000 US) to disabled kids. T-Mobile CEO Miroslav Rakowski said it was the first time in T-Mobile history they cooperated with a tech company on such a big project. We were very happy to see Endomondo and its users could be a valuable, energetic tool for charity and we hope there will be similar projects in the future.
We’ve now passed 20 million users and 1 billion miles tracked. We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being part of this journey. Check out this video – you make the world go endo green!
When we introduced Training Plans at the end of August, we gave you a heads up about a planned price change.
Now, before we get into the details, we would like to thank all of our current Premium users for supporting Endomondo – not only by paying for our product, but also for being some of the most active users in the Endomondo community. To show our appreciation, users that are already Premium members by the time of the price change, will not be affected and will continue paying the current price (USD 2.99 per month or USD 19.99 per year respectively).
For new subscribers, the price of an Endomondo Premium membership will be increased to USD 3.99 per month or USD 29.99 per year. The price increase officially commences on November 1, 2013.
Upgrade this month to get Premium at the lower price – and remember that users of the Endomondo PRO app get a discount of USD 4.99 the first year when upgrading to a yearly Premium membership.
Since we launched Premium, we have added training plans and workout tagging so the initial Premium package has a lot more to offer now. But we’re just getting started. We would like to emphasize that we’re committed to a continuous improvement of Premium. Up next are the following improvements: A new audio coach for training plans and bringing some of the website statistics that many of you love to the app.
One of Endomondo’s most extraordinary users, Annette Fredskov, completed an amazing 366 marathons in one year. We were eager to hear all about it. When we called Annette at the agreed upon time to interview her, she picked up and asked us to call her back in 20, because she was out…well…running. “I just ran much further than I planned for today because it felt so good,” she said. After one year of running a marathon a day, this woman is still in love with running. Read more
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Used to getting loose and limber before going on a run? It may be time to think twice about reaching for those toes. There’s a good chance we’re stretching out the wrong way or for the wrong reasons. It’s time to debunk the biggest stretching myths, so we can bend, flex, and stretch— the right way. Read more
The National Bike Challenge is back for summer 2013! Join more than 50,000 Americans as we unite to ride more than 20 million miles in communities nationwide. Challenge yourself with this free program to ride more for transportation, fitness and recreation. Ride solo, create a team, or pedal as part of your workplace to get healthier, have fun, and become part of a national online community. Plus, every month you’ll be eligible to win great raffle prizes! Read more
Check out the picture – this is how Cris Trandafir celebrated that he was able to run more than 1000 miles in a year – by tracking this symbolically shaped workout. He used to be a couch potato and credits the Endomondo community for getting an impulse to become an active person.
In his own words: “I’m so happy that I found this app and it’s working great on my phone! Running is now for me like a drug, my body is asking for more and more Endorphins! Happy to be a part of Endomondo community!”
Thank you, Chris, for sharing with us – we love seeing the power of inspiration in action.
We spotted this Easter bunny running around the office! By the way, a rabbit is a symbol for the fastest lap of your workout at Endomondo…do you have any plans to bring it on and speed it up in the spring season?
We’ve developed Endomondo to make it more fun and engaging to workout, and to help you accomplish your fitness goals. In April we’ll make this even easier for our Premium users with customized Training Plans – more info will follow soon.
Our effort to support you in your training also extends to our blog. Recently we blogged about Interval Training for Newbies, offering good pieces of advice from experts. If there is a fitness topic you would like to know more about, let us know.
When we think about you – our beloved users, we wonder if you are getting the most out of your workouts? To support you in your training, we have included the interval training feature a while back. However, we would like to encourage more of you to incorporate interval training in your workout because it simply brings results. Interval training is available for all Endomondo Premium users and PRO app users on Android and iPhone. It can be intimidating at first, especially if you’ve never done it before, but following lines from Greatist.com should give you some ideas on how to start: Read more
Exciting news: We’re happy to share with you that Endomondo is among the apps you can now add to sections on your Facebook Timeline. Facebook has improved timeline and the About page to make it easier for you to organize and showcase activity from different types of apps – and fitness apps will have a designated section. For you guys, this means improvements to the way stories from Endomondo apps are displayed on your timeline.
Facebook is obviously an important partner for us – both in terms of spreading the word about Endomondo and in terms of driving engagement among our users. Our Open Graph integration has generated a total of almost 2 billion impressions on Facebook for us! We don’t even want to think about what that kind of exposure would cost us elsewhere. We also see that when users share their workouts on Facebook, the likelihood of motivating comments is much higher, and that drives up engagement.
We’re continuing to make updates to our Facebook integration based on user feedback to make it easy for you to share your runs, rides and walks on your timeline and find motivation to workout more.
If you have any feedback on what we should do next when it comes to Facebook integration, please share it in the comments. Thanks!