Everything You Need To Know About The Hero's Journey

Everything You Need To Know About The Hero's Journey - Virtual Fitness Challenge Blog | Run The Edge

If you’re interested in completing The Hero’s Journey, you’ve come to the right place! The challenge starts on June 1, 2022, which is in just a few days. Claim your spot to join thousands of other runners, walkers, and cyclists who are taking on the challenge. You’ll even get access to a private Facebook group to meet the community!

If you’re still on the fence, here is everything you need to know about The Hero’s Journey.

What is The Hero’s Journey?

We based our Hero’s Journey Challenge on THE Hero’s Journey, which is the perfect framework for epic adventures, books, and movies. A well-known example is Star Wars (Luke is the only hope!). It involves a hero that takes on multiple challenges on a long-distance adventure and returns home a changed person. 

In our Hero’s Journey, you are the protagonist that takes on these challenges; over the course of 30 days, you will take on 12 “quests”, where you will likely have obstacles to overcome, whether that be physically, mentally, or emotionally, with the aim of becoming your own hero in your journey. In the end, you’ll return “home” after learning valuable lessons, creating connections, and ultimately, being different than when you started.

What are These “Quests”?

In the Hero’s Journey, quests are essentially synonymous with distances; over the course of 30 days (the month of June), you will have 12 distances to conquer, or complete. These distances range from two to nine miles, and you can complete them by walking, running, cycling, swimming, or doing any distance-based activity you can think of! You do have to complete the quest on the day that you schedule it for (i.e if you schedule a 3-mile quest tomorrow, you need to complete all three miles tomorrow), but you can split it up throughout the day.

We do suggest completing these in the specific order laid out for you in your Tracker or booklet to follow along with The Hero’s Journey story and framework, but ultimately, this challenge is yours to complete however you see fit!

What Do I Get With My Registration?

You have two package options to choose from! You can pick between the Get It All package or the Basic package.


Get It All ($40.00) - The perks of the Basic package PLUS...

  • A truly Heroic Medal. The centerpiece of the medal opens up via a hinge to reveal a double-sided keepsake coin that can be worn as a pendant. On one side of the pendant, there is a dragon, and on the other side, there is the saying “Remember What You’re Capable Of” to remind yourself about the challenges you conquered during this journey
  • The Hero's Journey Quest Booklet with commemorative pop-out “collector cards”.

Basic ($30.00) - Digital Challenge ONLY:

  • Access to the Run The Edge Tracker to schedule your challenges and track your mileage. You can sync your mileage with Garmin, Fitbit, Strava, and Apple Watch.
  • A digital shield for each quest you complete + digital booklet to supplement your journey!
  • Access to The Hero's Journey private Facebook group.

Why Do We Have to Do This Over the Course of One Month?

Well, you could do it as quickly as you wanted to, we suppose! Completing 12 challenges as quickly as possible is a challenge in and of itself!

But overall, as you may know, we have quite a few challenges that are year-long or even longer, like Run The Year and Amerithon. We wanted to create a challenge that would keep things fun, fresh, and interesting over a much shorter amount of time, which may seem more accessible than committing to one full year! With 12 distances to complete, 30 days gives you enough time to complete the challenges and even have a rest day in between if you need or want one. 

Also, it takes 30 days to form a habit, so maybe after these 30 days, you’ll find yourself with a new fitness habit!

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