Back in 2009 Marco Consani from Glasgow set himself the challenge to run every single day for a month. His wife Debbie decided to join in so they created a Facebook group, and suddenly Marcothon was born. Nearly a decade later this simple advent challenge attracts thousands of Marcothon runners from around the globe.
To participate all you need to do is run either three miles or for 25-minutes (whichever comes first) every single day until Christmas day. That's roughly a whopping 10 hours of running or enough calories burned to eat 25 mince pies without an ounce of guilt. Head over to twitter.com/themarcothon for details.
Since December 2014 Advent Running have been making tracks all over the globe with a community of 4,000 strong runners. The group was born out of a challenge to get people running for 30-minutes for 25 consecutive days throughout December, and the tradition has continued every year.
Post your running selfies, find words of motivation and inspiration and join the group online. twitter.com/adventrunning
Run up to Christmas
For good will, running and festive cheer, The Run up to Christmas community ticks all the boxes! Unlike a solid run streak the aim is to get your body moving, logging as many miles in December as you can from the 1st until the 25th.
Registration for the challenge is £10 but all proceeds go to the Mind charity. There are five different milestones to keep you motivated up until the big day and you will earn a special festive medal if you hit your target! Which challenge will you take on? Find out more at runuptochristmas.com
Virtual Runner UK Christmas Challenge
Not strictly an advent challenge but definitely a festive one to keep you motivated during December, The Xmas 5K Challenge consists of four weekly virtual races which you can do wherever you like, whether you walk, use the treadmill or run outside.
For every 5K race you complete you will receive your well-deserved medal in the post and 20 per cent of the proceeds go directly to Diabetes UK. Visit virtualrunneruk.com for details.
The Running Bug Advent giveaway
It's not a challenge, but to motivate you throughout December we'll be giving away a fabulous fitness prize every single day until Christmas! All you have to do is join The Running Bug and click on the day's competition to enter. If that isn't an incentive to keep on running, we don't know what is! To start your Christmas countdown head over to our Advent giveaway page!