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!
Today is our fifth anniversary – happy birthday to us :-), but also to all our users, because we wouldn’t be here without you. Over the past five years, Endomondo has become a community where you can share your fitness moments with others – to this date there is almost 18 million Endos out there!
As you can see on the pictures, we have come a long way also design-wise since the very first app release on Symbian in 2008.
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.
2013 is already a week old and we’re excited about what the New Year will bring! Before we look into what to expect from Endomondo in 2013, let’s first have a look at what happened in 2012. Read more
We received an award from Danish Design for the category of Digital Design! Read more
Some of our Endo’s spent the day kicking up dirt on a mountain bike trail outside of Copenhagen. Check out their route here. How will you be freeing your endorphins this weekend?
We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings as a team of only three. Today we are 48 Endos strong and in a recent trip to San Francisco we had a meeting to discuss our vision, mission and values as we move forward. Read more