Apple Watch Users get 5K Challenge for Thanksgiving

Apple Watch 5K Thanksgiving Challenge

Apple Watch owners got a special challenge Monday morning when Apple urged them to walk, run, or wheelchair 3.1 miles, or 5K, on November 24th. That’s the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, so instead of spending the day binging on turkey, pie, and watching football, Apple is pushing to get people outside and active by offering a special Thanksgiving Day Challenge badge.

Apple Watch 5K Thanksgiving Challenge
Apple’s 5K Thanksgiving Challenge for Apple Watch owners

The challenge popped up on U.S. Apple Watch owner’s wrists Monday morning saying,

Activity Challenge: This Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, earn a special achievement by completing a walk, run or wheelchair workout of at least 5K (3.1 mi).

The badge will show up in the Activity app after users hit the 5K mark on Thursday, regardless of which HealthKit-compatible workout app you use. That sounds a lot better than spending the day on the couch regretting how much you ate.

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I run between 25 to 35 miles a week. The runs are 5, 6, 8 or 10 miles long. Although I no longer run races, I have been running since as far back as I can remember. My times are much slower now and I rarely run as much as 60 miles a week. But running is the one thing that makes my day and the only reason that I am getting an Apple Watch for my 68th birthday. I will be able to leave my iPhone at home. But I guess that will be too late to get a… Read more »

Lee Dronick

I just returned from a 7 mile walk, and 600 active calories burned.


but my watch yet to arrive – maybe early Dec.


no biggie – @ age 77
2 mile walk every morning & evening with Dogs
4560′ start elev., minimum 4370′ and back