The North Carolina 100-Mile Challenge is an initiative launched by North Carolina State Parks to encourage everyone to get outside and explore our trails and waterways.
North Carolinians can walk, hike, run, bike, paddle, roll, ride or skate anywhere in the North Carolina outdoors to complete their 100 miles.
The challenge must be completed in North Carolina. You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina to sign up for the challenge. Apart from that, there are no restrictions on where you complete the 100 miles — whether you walk around your neighborhood, hike at a state park, run at a city park or bike at a national park, it all counts towards the 100-Mile Challenge.
In order to comply with state policy on children's privacy, we require that participants with individual user accounts are aged 13 or older. Children younger than 13 years old but want to participate in the challenge may do so by having their parent or guardian sign up for an account and then add them as a "buddy" on that account. The Buddy Miles feature allows you to add family members to an account if they can't create their own — whether it's a child under 13 years old, a grandparent without an email address or a pet. Buddy Miles allows you to keep track of everyone's mileage separately, and each buddy will also earn his or her own badges separately.
A prize raffle is conducted quarterly. Participants will be entered into the raffle depending on how many miles they complete each quarter.
In spring of 2016, we launched the 100-Mile Challenge program in our state parks by handing out challenge pamphlets, where people could write down their miles. The 100-Mile Challenge website allows people to keep track of their miles online, and it allows us to reach more people to invite them to join the challenge.
If you are already participating in the pamphlet program, you should create an account on nc100miles.org. You can either log your past mileage and continue making your progress to 100, or start the challenge anew.
The challenge ends on December 31 of each calendar year. If you sign up for an account during the middle of the year, you can retroactively log your past hikes from that year.
You must have an account on the NC 100-Mile Challenge website, and you must be logged in to your account in order to keep track of your miles. Once you log in, the right side of the home page has a box called "Log My Miles." Then:
- Enter the date you completed your activity. Getting some miles in on specific days will get you holiday badges!
- Select the type of activity you completed. You get separate badges for the miles you complete hiking, running, swimming, etc.
- Type in where you completed the activity: either at a park, trail or neighborhood. You get badges for completing miles at each state park. If you participated in a specific event, type in the event code to get a badge for that event. The box will show you suggestions as you type.
- Choose who completed the activity, so the right person or buddy can earn the badges.
- Enter the number of miles you completed.
- Click "Add Miles." A small pop-up at the top of the page will let you know that the miles have been logged.
Yes! You can log any miles you've completed in the past, although you are only able to redeem prizes for your miles from the current challenge year.
By default, everyone's progress is kept private on our website. If you'd like to share your mileage or see how your family and friends are completing the challenge, create a group. The group will have a leaderboard displaying each participant's mileage and the total mileage for the group.
Our website has a Find A Trail page to help you find trails near you. The list is currently limited to state park trails, but we will be expanding the list in the future to other trails in the state.
You can visit nc100miles.org on your mobile device to log your miles if you're away from a computer. Our website is mobile-friendly.
Buddy Miles allows you to add family members to your account if they can't create their own. For instance, pet owners can add their pet; families can add their children or grandparents; and teachers can add their students. The Buddy Miles allows you to keep track of everyone's mileage separately, and each "Buddy" will also earn his or her own badges.
To add a buddy, click the "Add A Buddy" box on the home page. Type in the buddy's name and choose the type (child, pet or other) and click Add. They will appear in the table below.
When you log in miles, you can click the drop down box in the field "Log miles for" and select whether you are logging in miles for yourself or for one of your buddies.
The mileage totals for each buddy will show up in the My Family section of your homepage or on the My Miles page.
Badges are awarded for reaching certain milestones as you complete the 100-Mile Challenge. Some badges are awarded by number of miles, by doing certain activities, by completing activities on a certain date or by visiting specific locations.
You can see all the badges you can earn on the Trophy Room.
You will earn badges as you log your miles, so keep exploring North Carolina trails to unlock more badges!
Groups allow users on the 100-Mile Challenge website to keep track of other users' progress throughout the challenge. You can create groups for your family, friends, work colleagues, class or anyone else you want to complete the challenge with you.
When logged in to your account, visit the Groups page. Click "Request A New Group" and enter in the information requested on the form. When you hit "Submit for Review," one of our staff members will review the information your provided. If your group is approved, you will receive an email with a link to that group.
When you are creating a new group, make sure you select all the activities you want to count for the group's total. For example, if you only select "Running" as the activity for your group, only each group member's running miles will be added to the group total, and not any mileage for other activities.
If you would like to create a private group for your friends and family, you can choose the option "Invisible" under Groups Directory and Listings. This means that the group will not be listed on the Groups page on the website and will only be accessible by typing in the URL.
If your group is approved, you will receive an email with a URL link to the group. You should then forward that URL to the people you want to join your group. Otherwise, they will not find it in the Groups page.
You can leave a group by visiting the group's page, then clicking "Leave Group" on the right side of the page.
If you have logged miles prior to joining a group, your previous mileage will be added to the group's total mileage and will be displayed on the group's leaderboard.
Certain groups are limited to a specific activity, such as "Running" or "Cycling." For these types of groups, only miles logged with that corresponding activity will be added to the group total.
You can request a new password. You must use the email address you used to register with on nc100miles.org to receive a password reset link.
Please check your spam folder to see if the email was redirected there. If you still cannot find your registration email, please contact us and we will resend the email.