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The Hero's Journey


Complete 12 quests in one month to be your own hero

You will have one month to complete 12 different distances, win prizes from our generous partners, and even win custom Hero's Journey swag of your choice. The distances range from 2 to 9 miles, and you can complete them by walking, running, biking, swimming, or any other form of exercise you choose. Our October edition just ended but never fear, our next journey is around the corner!

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What you get with each challenge

Community access
Community access

Share with others in your journey and stay motivated in your shared fitness goals!

Mileage tracker
Mileage tracker

One convenient place to see your fitness journey, statistics, fellow team members, and so much more.

Physical & digital swag
Physical & digital swag

Each challenge can include a variety of fun merch, from t-shirts, medals, digital badges to stickers.

The Hero's Journey Medal

With the Get It All package option, you will receive one Hero's Journey medal at the end of the challenge. This centerpiece of the medal opens up via a hinge to reveal a two-sided coin that can be worn as a pendant! (Chain included).

On one side of the coin, there is a dragon, representing the dragons you slayed during the challenge, while the other side has a quote, "Remember What You're Capable Of" to remind yourself of how far you have come since the beginning of the challenge.

Digital Shields

For each quest you complete, you will receive a digital shield in your Tracker, similar to a bib that you would receive for a race. Each shield comes with the option to upload your own photo to make your own unique shield!

Each shield has a unique image to represent that stage of the journey and they will pop up in your Tracker when the quest is completed.


BIG Thank you for the Hero's Journey! I enjoyed it so much!!! It was just what I needed to get back in the groove after a cancer battle. Top-Notch as always! Looking forward to more! Love you guys! I'm on my third Amerithon.

Mary Atkinson, 6-year participant

My booklet from Hero’s Journey arrived yesterday. As I read through the booklet I realized how accurate some of the journey descriptions are of what has been, what is, and what will be coming. I’ll be using the booklet as a sanity check over the next couple of months to remind myself that sometimes the hero we need is ourselves. Thank you. I’m a better person for having this in my life.

Tammy G., 4-year participant

I'm a big fan and will always subscribe to Run The Year and whatever else you release that works with my level of running. I'm a lifetime fan!

Yvette Mikinka, 4-year participant

Frequently asked questions

Still have a question for us about the challenge? No question is too big or too small, but please don’t ask us about putting pineapple on a pizza. You’ll just start an argument.

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  • What type of exercise counts?

    Any and all exercise counts! You can walk, run, bike, swim, pogo name it! The idea is to MOVE for the mileage goal set for each quest.

  • What is a quest exactly?

    A quest is simply a distance you need to cover for the day you schedule it. You will have 12 distances (quests) ranging from 2 to 9 miles that you need to complete in the 31 days of October. You can schedule them on whatever day you choose, BUT we will offer a suggested order that follows the path of the Hero's Journey!

  • How long is each quest?

    We are glad you asked! The quests in YOUR story are:

    Chapter 1

    The Ordinary World 2 Miles

    The Call to Adventure 4 Miles

    The Refusal of the Call 3 Miles

    Meeting with the Mentor 5 Miles

    Chapter 2

    Crossing the Threshold 6 Miles

    Tests, Allies, and Enemies 8 Miles

    Approach to the Innermost Cave 2 Miles

    The Supreme Ordeal 5 Miles

    Chapter 3

    Seizing the Sword 3 Miles

    The Road Back 6 Miles

    Resurrection 9 Miles

    Return with the Elixir 4 Miles

  • Can I do a quest more than once?

    YES! You can repeat the same quest every day if you'd like! The goal is to get in all 12 quests that correspond to a specific distance, but if you want to repeat a quest you can!

  • Tell me about the prizes!

    Throughout the month of October, we will be drawing people randomly to win prizes both from our generous partners and from our custom store. If you win, you will receive a notification inside the tracker and/or via email! What can you win? Custom hoodies, mugs, shirts, and more + things like yummy cereal from our partner Seven Sundays!

  • When do I get my medal (and will they sell out?!)?

    Medals will ship as orders are received. YES, we do have a limited supply of medals so be sure to grab one before they are gone!