What is the Croí Couch to Wild Atlantic Way?
Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way is a virtual mission where you can embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of life by running, walking or jogging part of this spectacular coastal route over the six weeks. Once registered, start walking / running / jogging in your own area, following the restrictions due to COVID-19, and move down the Wild Atlantic Way on our virtual map!
How do I register for the event?
Go to www.croi.ie/wildatlanticway/ and register to participate in our exciting challenge. The process is easy, and once you register we will send you step by step instructions and offer you assistance along your journey.
How much does it cost?
The registration cost is just €15 per person, and €40 for a family. Each participant will receive a limited edition, eco-friendly Couch to Wild Atlantic Way Medal.
Am I required to fundraise?
We encourage participants to try and raise €150 in addition to their registration fee. All funds raised will enable us to continue providing our vital support to those suffering from heart disease and stroke, who are most at risk during these difficult times. Here are some helpful tips to help you reach this goal:
- Share your Mission with your friends on social media, encourage them to support you. Share photos and videos from your walk, jog or run activities, to show everyone what you are doing.
- Use the iDonate ‘Promote’ feature to inspire others to support you, sharing your distance covered or funds raised to date, and even add a donate button.
- Create your very own team, or encourage others to compete against you in the same mission for some inspiration.
- Share your page URL in an email with work colleagues, friends and family, or even create a WhatsApp or Messenger group and share among your friends.
- Use the hashtag #CouchtoWAW when sharing content on social media.
Do I have to complete the entire Wild Atlantic Way distance?
No, you can pick the county challenge that is most suitable to your activity level, or you can create a team and take on the entire Wild Atlantic Way Challenge of 1,831km from Donegal to Clare.
How do I create a team?
Contact Christine@croi.ie who will be happy to help you set up your team challenge.
How do I know which county's distance is suitable for me?
This will depend on your current fitness level. Have a think about how much walking you do at the moment.
If you walk 1-2 times per week, the Sligo/Leitrim Challenge would be best for you. If you get out for a walk 3 or 4 times per week, then the Clare Challenge would be suitable for you. If you walk most days of the week, our Galway Challenge is a good choice for you.
The table below tells you how long each challenge is and gives you a guide on how many kilometres you should walk every day in order to meet the Challenge within the 6 week deadline. As a lot of us now have step counters on our mobile phones we have also included how many steps per day you would have to do to complete the Challenge within the 6 week deadline.
Useful numbers to know:
- 1 kilometre = approx 1250 steps
- Example: 5678 steps in one day = 5678/1250 = 4.5kilometres
- 10 kilometers = 12500 steps
- 20 kilometers = 25000 steps
- 100 kilometers = 125000 steps
- Some mobile phone pedometers only provide distance in miles.
- In this case use the calculation below
- 1 mile = 1.6 kilometres = approx 2000 steps
So are there any health benefits to increasing how many steps I walk per day?
Recent research strongly suggests that doing more steps per day significantly decreases a person’s risk of dying prematurely. One study reported that increasing our daily step counts by approximately 2,000 steps significantly reduces blood pressure. It has also been found that a greater number of steps per day is associated with reduced body weight and improved blood sugar control.
Our mental health also benefits from taking more steps per day. A large international workplace intervention called “Happy Feet” asked employees to walk 10,000 steps per day for 100 days. Positive changes to well-being and reductions in stress, anxiety and depression were described. Interestingly, these changes to mental health occurred regardless of whether or not the employees reached the 10,000 step target. So the take home message is to move more and you will feel better!
How do I set up my iDonate page?
Once you register you will receive an email from Croí which will contain a link to set up your iDonate mission page. Once you click the link this will take you to the iDonate webpage for the mission you have chosen. Follow these six simple steps to success:
Step 1: Click the button to the right which says ‘Start Your Mission’
Step 2: Next, there will be a pop up box where you will be required to enter your name and email address. Once entered, click confirm.
Step 3: The next page will show you the details of your mission, and your personal details. Once you are happy that these are correct please press ‘Create Page’ at the bottom, remembering to tick the box indicating you have read the terms and conditions.
Step 4: Once you have this completed you will receive an email to the email address provided in step 2. You will need to activate your page by clicking the button in the email. If you do not have an existing iDonate account, the button in the email will say ‘Activate Account’ and you will also see your account access details which will include your password, you will need this to log into your account.
If you already have an existing iDonate account the button in the email will say ‘Activate Page’.
Step 5: Once you click the button in the email it will take you back to the iDonate website. If you have an existing account it will take you to your new Wild Atlantic Way Mission page. If you are new to iDonate it will take you to the following page where you will click the button that says ‘My Account’.
Step 6: Once you click here you will receive a notification to connect your Strava account if you have one set up, if not press the ‘X’ in the top right corner of the box and continue. You will be taken to your dashboard, this is where you will be able to edit your page and personalise it by adding a photo etc. To edit your page and begin your Wild Atlantic Way Experience scroll down and click ‘Edit Page’ on the left of the screen.
How do I record my steps or the distance I walk, jog or run?
Most mobile phones come with a built in pedometer/step counter. This is an app that can count the steps you take per day. If you do not have one on your phone it is very easy to download a pedometer app. Follow these steps to get a free pedometer app on to your mobile.
You can manually enter your steps on the Dashboard Page by clicking the pencil icon opposite the ‘KMs Completed.’
Alternatively you can download the Strava App or the Map My Fitness App, which you can link to your iDonate page, by clicking the ‘Fitness Apps’ tabs on the left hand side, as seen above. Pages which are synced with Strava or Map my Fitness automatically update the distance covered, the iDonate system aims to update 3 times per day.
How do I navigate between my Account?
On the dashboard page, click the Logo in the event page box on the right, or your page URL under the Facebook, Twitter and Whats-app icons in the top right corner. To return to the dashboard from your mission page, to make more edits or add more steps/distances click the ‘My Account’ button at the very top of the page.
How do I get to experience the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way?
On your mission page you will be able to see your route taken from the Wild Atlantic Way, on this map you will see landmark icons which will reveal spectacular videos of some of the most magical locations along that particular Wild Atlantic Way Route.
How do I track my progress?
On your mission page you will see a map, and here your marker will move along the route as according to the distance you cover each time you get out for a walk, jog or run. To check the leader board for your specific mission, click the mission in the ‘Mission Details’ box.