You have questions? We have answers!

Syncing your Device with PWR Lab

1. How do I sync my device with PWR LAB?

Follow these instructions IN ORDER for the smoothest experience:
• Register for Yosemite National Park Challenge
• SIGNUP for a PWR Lab account
• Connect your device
• If you registered for the event and PWR Lab with the same email address, you are automatically linked. If the emails are different, it is no problem. There is just one extra step.


2. I don’t have a Garmin, COROS, Polar or Suunto watch. Is there another way to sync with PWR LAB?

Devices that sync ‘running’ activities to Garmin Connect, Suunto, COROS, and Polar Flow are currently compatible. You can also record directly on your phone (for free) using Suunto App. Apple Watch is not currently compatible, but we anticipate it will be compatible prior to the start of the event on April 22. (Fitbit and Strava are not currently compatible)

Learn more on our Sync Your Device Page or on the Device Compatibility Page.

If you do not have a supported GPS device, but carry a phone while you run, you can download the Suunto App and use their built in GPS activity recorder to sync with PWR Lab.

RunGap: There are also 3rd party options to create connections between various devices and apps. One that we’re familiar with is RunGap ($2.99 for 3 months). These options can help you automatically sync your workouts from any supported service to avoid having to manually enter a device that is not yet supported.

For instance, you could get your Apple Watch data into our leaderboard by leveraging RunGap’s connection between Apple and Garmin Connect. There are over a dozen connections to choose from.

Here’s how it would work:
Create a Garmin Connect account.
• Create a RunGap account.
• RunGap’s Swag Bag: In RunGap click the Menu button (3 bars) and then click on “Swag Bag” to purchase a 3-month subscription ($2.99) to sync with Garmin, Suunto or Polar apps.
• Sync your devices to Garmin, Suunto or Polar: In RunGap click the Menu button (3 bars). Under Tools, click “Accounts/Settings.” Add account for Strava, Apple, Nike and sync with Garmin Connect.
• Refresh your RunGap home page. It could take a while as it backlogs ALL your workouts.
• Then click on the specific activity. Hit the ellipses on the top right. Hit Share. Only select Garmin Connect and hit Share.
• PWR Lab will grab your activity from Garmin Connect and add it to the leaderboard.
• RunGap is a workaround to integrate Apple Watch data (Apple compatibility coming soon!) and while it will work as an option for syncing, it is not an officially supported PWR Lab integration and they will not be able to assist with any technical issues.


3. I registered multiple people with my email address and the other people would like to sync their devices. What’s our next step?

Please email and provide a unique email addresses for EACH person wanting to sync their device.


4. I synced my device and went out for a run, but I don’t see my run on the Leaderboard. What’s up?

Not to worry! Make sure your run is synced from your device to your app service (such as Garmin Connect). Refresh the leaderboard and give it a few moments to refresh. For syncing purposes, please track all your activities as a “running” activity. While we celebrate forward movement in all forms, the device syncing does not work with “walking” or “hiking” activities. If you are still encountering problems, please reach out to


5. I’m running indoors on a treadmill – am I able to upload my activity?

ABSOLUTELY. When in doubt though, you can always upload treadmill results using manual entry, but some watches also support Treadmill modes that are compatible with PWR Lab: Many newer GPS watches have the option to “Calibrate Distance” after completing a treadmill run. On a Garmin, record the activity specifically as a treadmill run. After stopping the watch – but before saving the activity – scroll down to “Calibrate and Save”, and enter the total distance displayed on the treadmill. If you record the run and save it without calibrating / adjusting the distance, then it is likely to be very inaccurate. Also note that if you run on a treadmill without selecting a specific treadmill mode, then the distance calculated using GPS will be very small (close to 0), because you’re not moving away from the treadmill. Note that adjusting the distance in Garmin Connect after you have saved & submitted the activity will not change the data that is sent to PWR Lab or the leaderboard. Resources: Garmin Article, YouTube Video


6. Am I able to sync walking or hiking activities?

OF COURSE! If you are using a GPS device, you must classify all your walks or hikes as a “run” for it to be automatically added to your total. Steps would need to be manually entered.


7. I want to exclude a Verified run that automatically shows up. How do I do that?

If needed, you can manually exclude activities and make sure they don’t count toward the event results. Sign in to the Submit Results tool (get there from the Leaderboard), go to Activities, and choose which to exclude from the list. Then click the No symbol icon.


8. Please explain the 30-day PWR Lab trial.

PWR Lab has converged big data and sport science to help runners of any level to predict risk, prevent injury, and perform optimally. You will receive a 30-Day free trial to their platform, which will begin when you create your account. You are not required to input your credit card or purchase anything. You also do not need to use the app once you sync your device to take part in the challenge during or after the 30-day trial. The leaderboard will be your hub for all things challenge-related.


9. Why is my historical data uploaded to PWR Lab?

PWR Lab is a running analytics company created to help runners avoid training injures. The platform is designed to import historical running activity, learn your personal baseline, and then give you completely customized training guidance and injury risk forecasting. If you choose to link your device, PWR Lab will import your historical activities for the sake of establishing that baseline.


10. What happens to my activities at the end of the 30-day PWR Lab trial?

Your mileage will continue to be tracked for the duration of the challenge until you reach 254 miles (or 508 miles if you want to do a round-trip challenge) or Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at 11:59pm PT, whichever comes first. You do not need to use the app during the 30-day free trial or thereafter.

Tell me more…

When signing up for PWR Lab, you can authorize a connection between another running data service (eg Garmin Connect) and PWR Lab. This allows that service to send us activities that you have recorded on your device (watch/phone/etc.) and then uploaded. PWR Lab does not actually connect to your watch or track you: your activities are simply pushed through your Garmin Connect, Suunto, Movescount, or Polar account to our platform.

This authorization remains intact until you choose to disable it. Your account is not actually deleted at the end of a free trial, just locked. Thus, it can continue to send your results to the race leaderboard.

11. I’ve completed my Yosemite National Park Challenge and crushed my goal – how do I disconnect my PWR Lab connection?

You can disable the link between PWR Lab and your connected services at any time. After connecting your service to PWR Lab, a green link/unlink icon will be displayed on your Profile page. To unlink your account at any time, navigate to the Profile page, scroll to the bottom, and select “unlink”. You can do this through the other service’s app (eg Garmin Connect) as well.

You can cancel your free trial, and/or request that PWR Lab fully delete your account at any point.


12. How is my PERSONAL activity data used?

Personal data is never sold to external parties or used for anything other than personalizing the PWR Lab experience or to improve the platform’s processes. Any research PWR Lab does is always anonymized, aggregated at population levels, and in no way personally identifiable or attached to any other person information.


13. I’ve got a technical question for PWR Lab – how do I contact them?

The PWR Lab customer service team can be reached at

Manually Uploading your Mileage

1. How do I manually enter my mileage for the day?

To manually upload your results, click the Submit Results button on the leaderboard. On the lower section of the sign-in page, enter your email address and bib number under the Enter Race Info, and then click “Sign in with Race Info”.

This will take you to your main menu. Hit the button on the left that says Activities.

To enter a new activity, click the button that says +New Activity.

Fill in the date, duration (must be in hours:minutes:seconds) and distance. Click submit and then go back to the leaderboard and hit refresh. If your mileage does not upload to the Leaderboard, please wait one hour and if it is still not updated, please email

If you are entering mileage for a mini-challenge, instead of entering the distance, find the mini-challenge under the segment section. The mini-challenges need to be the exact mileage listed. In this example, Mini-Challenge name is a ?-mile workout.

Click submit and then go back to the leaderboard and hit refresh.


2. Do I need a GPS device to participate?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! We have partnered with PWR Lab to provide offer automated tracking through compatible devices OR the ability to manually enter your results and track your progress.

PWR Lab is currently compatible with Garmin, Suunto, Polar, and COROS. Apple Watch is not currently compatible but will be soon (more info below). We recommend that Suunto users sync to Suunto App rather than Movescount. Uploading FIT files, GPX files, screenshots, etc. is not supported in order to get Verified results. Strava is not compatible.

What about my Apple Watch? Apple Watch is not currently compatible, but PWR Lab is hard at work getting it integrated. In the meantime, it is possible to sign-up for Run Gap, and send Apple Watch data –> Run Gap –> Suunto App or Garmin Connect –> PWR Lab.

TIP: If you do not have a supported GPS device, but carry a phone while you run, you can download the Suunto App and use their built in GPS activity recorder to sync with PWR Lab.


3. What is PWR Lab?

PWR Lab is a running analytics company that aspires to connect the world of sport. Their Connected Events help bring the running world together, while their Training App helps runners of any level predict risk, prevent injury, and perform optimally. The difference between the two is explained here. You’re eligible to redeem a free trial on their Training App – no credit card info needed, no obligation, no risk – which begins when you create your account. For more information on PWR Lab check out their FAQ, or YouTube Channel for tutorial videos.


4. Do Walking, Hiking or Steps count towards my mileage?

ABSOLUTELY! Two ways to upload these:

Manual Form – Simply add your walking, hiking or steps (5,000 steps roughly equal 3 miles – step calculator here)


5. Do activity-based exercising (yoga, biking, swimming, etc) count towards my mileage?

AGAIN ABSOLUTELY! Please download this chart for time to mileage conversion. Then upload that mileage.  This is not a complete list of activities.  All fitness activities count toward this challenge.  If you have a question about converting an activity that is not on this chart, please email us at


6. I registered after April 22, do my past activities count?

Whether you are manually uploading activities or syncing with PWR Lab, only activities from the date you registered (and beyond) will count. (Ex: If you registered on May 1st, your activities or syncing begins officially on May 1st.)


7. We ask that you keep the most important pieces of this event in mind: Community!

All manual submissions are completely on the honor system. Unrealistic results are often honest mistakes and are often corrected.

Activity Conversion Chart

Activity Conversion Chart

How do I use the Leaderboard?

1. What are the filters of the Leaderboard?

YOU determine what data means most to you as you take on Yosemite National Park Challenge. Your filters are created from your registration and any edits made be made along the way by logging into your Race Roster account or emailing Yosemite National Park Challenge’s support team

Category Filters
• Name/Bib Search
• Gender
• City / State / Country
• Age
• Team


2. May I register after April 22?

ABSOLUTELY! You are welcome to register anytime though out the challenge. Your finisher’s medal will be sent to you after the completion of the entire event (July 31st, 2021). Your finish line is determined by YOU!


3. What does the green Verified badge on the Leaderboard mean?

The green Verified badge is reserved for participants who have uploaded 100% Verified data through PWR Lab. Uploading FIT files, GPX files, screenshots, etc. is not supported in order to get Verified results.


4. Why isn’t my activity appearing on the leaderboard after I recorded it?

Check to make sure that:

• You synced your device to the app/service (eg Garmin Connect). PWR Lab does not sync directly to your watch, but receives activity data from services like Garmin & Suunto after you sync to them.
• You have waited a few minutes (up to 15) for Garmin/Suunto/etc to send the activity to PWR Lab, and for PWR Lab to process it for the leaderboard after syncing your device. (Suunto users: Movescount is really slow. Use Suunto App)
• You have refreshed the leaderboard page to load the newest data.
• The activity was recorded as a running activity, and not any other type (walking, biking, etc). Changing an activity to running after the fact will not allow the activity to sync.
• The activity was recorded after you registered for the event. Think about your time of registration as the time you cross the starting line: anything recorded before that cannot be counted with Verified results.
• You did not unlink your device from your PWR Lab account (you can see this on the Profile page, even if your free trial has expired). If the missing activity is not explained by the list above, you can go to the Training App’s Profile page to unlink & relink your device, and force activities to import. In rare cases this may be necessary to retrieve missing activities.


5. When will I receive my Finisher’s Medal?

Your finisher’s medal will be sent to you after the completion of the entire event (early August 2021). If you registered for the Green version of the challenge, you will not receive a medal.

Team and Relay Challenge

1.  What is a TEAM?

Yosemite National Park Challenge allows all Solo Challengers the choice to participate on a Team – so you can track other teammates with you as you progress through the event. A TEAM consists of 2 to infinity participants – all participating under one team name (such as Team Sacramento). What an awesome motivational tool for you, your teammates, your family members, your co-workers to keep on track while you socially distance!

With the Team filter you will see a sum total of your mileage as you encourage your teammates along the Yosemite National Park Challenge course map, whether you’re contributing 2 or 200 miles.

TIP: During registration make sure to select your team or start a team if it is not listed. Then once the event starts you will be able to select your team name’s drop down from the Leaderboard.


 2.  What is a RELAY?

A RELAY consists of 2-5 participants. Mileage from all members is combined for the relay total.

Relay participants will appear on the Leaderboard as individual participants as well as have their Relay team appear under the Team filter.


3.  May I switch to a Relay?

ABSOLUTELY! (see how accommodating we are?)  Reach out to and we’ll get you situated

More Questions & Your Support Staff

1. Can people from outside the US register?

YES PLEASE! We are excited to have participants from all over the world. There is an additional fee for international participants to cover the shipping of the medal.


2. Does Yosemite National Park Challenge have a beneficiary?

The sole beneficiary for the Yosemite Challenge is NatureBridge, the oldest and largest residential education partner of the National Park Service. For 50 years, NatureBridge has been bringing students from around the country to national parks to engage in scientific principles firsthand, explore ecological concepts and think critically, all while discovering the joy of the outdoors.

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the NatureBridge outdoor science program. Looking back to 1971, a high school teacher named Don Rees assembled a group of 50 high school students in Yosemite for a week-long adventure. That trip inspired the founding of NatureBridge, formerly Yosemite Institute. NatureBridge’s continued commitment to equity and inclusion has helped more than 1.5 million students of all backgrounds to take part in its environmental science programs and experience the wonder of nature.


3. How may I contact the Yosemite National Park Challenge support staff?

We would be delighted to help! Reach out to

Yosemite National Park Challenge
Fleet Feet Logo
Union Bank
NatureBridge Logo
PWR Lab Logo
Yosemite Conservancy