PARIS GAMES

VIRTUAL CHALLENGE

Get to Paris for the Opening Ceremony!

5 DISTANCE OPTIONS
CHOOSE YOUR HISTORIC START POINT
ARRIVE BY FRIDAY 26 JULY 2024
WALK, JOG, OR RUN
ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
Start - from 1st MAY
Sign up - before 31st MAY

Registration Open

The 2024 Summer Olympics is set to be one of the best ever, with Paris as a magical backdrop, and a 4 week celebration of the world’s finest athletic endeavours.  Your ‘Summer Virtual Challenge’ is to get to the Games’ main venue – The Stade de France – before opening ceremony starts on Friday 26 July. There are 5 challenge options – each with start point  from a previous Euro Olympic host city. You choose – and take on the associated challenge distance to Paris. Start in Antwerp and you’ll only need to cover 200 miles as your virtual challenge; start in historic Rome and it’s a tough 800 miles until you’ll hear the clinking of wine glasses in the Parisian cafes.

Choose your challenge – Walk, Jog, or Run ANYWHERE, ANYTIME from 1st May onwards – log your progress and move along to Paris on our Virtual Euro Map. Share your challenge stories & photos online, and you can Fundraise for a charity if you wish. 

Just £10 to join & an OPTIONAL Medal & Neck Buff; get your dog involved and treat them to a ‘Paris Games’ Doggy Bandana’!

Join in - Get in shape for Summer '24

How it works...

Track your progress online

Once signed up to your chosen route, you can ‘link’ up to our Map of Europe with STRAVA / GARMIN / or FITBIT within your Ultra Britain Account – (so your activities automatically feed on to our map) OR you can add activity distances manually. Each time an activity is logged you’ll progress along your route to Paris – along with other participants.

You have up to Friday 26th JULY to complete your Challenge – and we’ll send you a special PARIS POST CARD once you safely arrive!  Start from 1st MAY ’24 onwards , and anyone can join up to 31st MAY.

Choose Your Challenge...

5 HISTORIC START POINTS
... 5 ROUTE Options

Walk, Jog, or Run. Anywhere - Anytime!

Ask your DOG to join you – and treat them to a Paris Games DOGGY BANDANA!

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Antwerp
Route

200 miles

1920 HOST CITY

The Games were awarded to Antwerp to honour the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during the war. During the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flag, with the five rings signifying the universality of the Olympic Games and the union of the five continents, was raised for the first time. The Olympic oath was taken for the first time by an athlete on behalf of all competitors, and doves were released as a symbol of peace.

2

London
Route

300 miles

1908 / 1944 / 2012

Host City 3 times – more than any other!

The 1908  Games were the first to have an opening ceremony and was marred by politics and controversy. in 1948 after much debate over the need for a sports festival when many countries were still recovering from WW2  the Games were popular and provided relief from the strains of war.

More recently – the 2012 Olympics in Stratford were considered as one of the best ever !

3

Munich
Route

450 miles

1972 HOST CITY

Overshadowed by the Munich massacre in the second week, in which eleven Israeli athletes & coaches at the Olympic village were killed by Palestinian Black September members. The motivation for the attack was the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.The West German Government had been eager to have the Munich Olympics present a democratic and optimistic Germany to the world, as shown by the Games’ official motto “the cheerful Games”

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Berlin
Route

600 miles

1936 HOST CITY

To outdo the 1932 Los Angeles Games, Hitler had a new 100,000-seat stadium built and were the first Games to be televised. Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy 

Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals and became the most successful athlete to compete in Berlin. For the next 12 years, no Olympic Games were held due to the immense world disruption caused by WW2. 

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Rome
Route

800 miles

1960 HOST CITY

Rome had previously been awarded the administration of the 1908 Summer Olympics, but following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906, the city had no choice but to decline and pass the honour to London. The 1960 Games were the first to be fully covered by television and also the first time the newly chosen Olympic Anthem was played.

South Africa participated  – but not for another for 32 years until apartheid ended.

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Prize Draws...

Fantastic prizes to be won

To keep you focused as we head into the Summer months, we have x5 £100 kit vouchers from Cotswold Outdoors – to give away to 5 lucky challengers who reach Paris in time!

 

WHAT YOU'LL GET...

Below is the cost of Entry, Inclusions & OPTIONAL EXTRAS (Note- we can only send Optional Extras to a UK address).

 Registration is open until 31 MAY ’24 – the Challenge ends on 26 JULY ’24 at the latest

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

MAKE YOUR CHALLENGE SPECIAL!

Order yours' on the event registration form.

* Medals (with distance ribbon) dispatched after 26 July '24.
Neck Buffs & Doggy Bandanas from 16 June.

Fundraise for Charity

Our Virtual Challenges have raised over £250,000 for UK Charities, and we’re hoping the Paris Games Virtual Challenge will raise another £20,000 for the Ultra Challenge Charity Partners. SCROLL DOWN to set up a JustGiving page.

Set up your Just Giving fundraising page...

If you’ve joined The Paris Games Virtual Challenge  and want to fundraise for a charity of your choice – you need to set up a JustGiving sponsorship page using the button below. There’s no specific target – raise whatever you can!

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16 Amazing Challenges

Over 200,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, and the 16 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs – which have also raised £50+ million for charities. Whichever challenge you choose, you’ll get full support all the way so you can set a new goal, enjoy the British countryside, and Push Yourself Further! Whoever you are – If you’re up for a challenge, it has to be an Ultra Challenge!

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