The devout know how important the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage — a vast network of trails that lead to the shrine of the Apostle Saint James located in the Spanish cathedral of Santiago de Compostela — is to the Catholic faith, and now they can “walk” the epic 772km route through The Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge.
All you have to do is sign up for entry (prices start at USD34.95 or about Php1,675), and advance through the trail’s Google Street View map from France to Spain by manually logging in any type of exercise activity through the website or automatically updating your progress with the app.
Exercises can include everything from low-impact options like walking or yoga, to swimming, running, and elliptical or wheelchair activities. Time spent on non-distance exercises such as yoga can be converted to distance equivalents with a handy guide provided upon request.
Completing this milestone doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor — you can team up with friends to share the distance and even adjust goals according to your fitness levels, though each team member will have to purchase their own entry in the trail. All those who complete the route will be awarded a limited-edition finishers medal to arrive via mail.
The site also offers another spiritual trail: The St. Francis Way challenge will take you 503 km through an ancient Roman road from Florence in Italy to the Vatican, taking you across the peaceful Italian countryside as you follow in the footsteps of St. Francis. As with the Camino de Santiago, each time you log an exercise activity such as running, walking, or cycling, you advance along with the map towards the Vatican.