A journey of 7,855 kilometers! Many believe that Christopher Columbus was the first European to ever reach the United States, in 1492. What many do not know, however, is that it was the Icelandic Viking explorer Leif Eriksson (c. 970 - 1020), who had already arrived at the northernmost point of the Canadian island of Newfoundland 500 years earlier. Leif Eriksson was the son of Erik Thorvaldsson (known as Erik the Red) and as a Viking the original discoverer of the American continent.
Unique to the Strong Viking Leif Eriksson Challenge is that we join our forces to complete this sporty and educational journey!
To honour the Saga of Leif Eriksson and keep it alive, Strong Viking's all over the world are uniting their forces and together we will take on the challenge of living up to this Viking legend. From May 1 to 9 we call on you to show the world your Viking DNA. Together we set the goal to match the journey of this famous Viking, by adding up all the kilometres (goal = 7,855km) and thereby meeting his journey. How many kilometres will you contribute in 10 days? Let's meet Leif Eriksson!
How does it work?
Leif Eriksson's total journey was 7,855 kilometres. During ten days, we add up all the virtual kilometres of all the participants worldwide. All kilometres will be made by foot, whether you walk or run is up to you. Joining the challenge is easy! With just one ticket you can participate in the challenge for 10 days. How many kilometres you make and/or how often you participate in these ten days is entirely up to you. It is not necessary to participate all ten days!
Of course your hard work will be rewarded and with your participation in this challenge you will receive TWO Strong Viking Medals-for-Life points! In other words, a guaranteed medal for every participant!*
A ticket for the Leif Eriksson challenge costs just €17.50 (basic) or €29.50 (incl. finisher shirt)! In addition to the joint challenge, you will also receive an individual level from 1-16, a mention on the score card and information about the legendary Leif Eriksson saga at every checkpoint we reach!
Jump on board, raise the sails, let's meet Leif Eriksson!
*Participants who already have more than 20 Medals-For-Life points will receive the next medal piece after 24 points and therefore only receive the points for this challenge.