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Burn off all that turkey with Apple Watch's Thanksgiving challenge

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What you need to know

  • There's a special Apple Watch challenge coming for Thanksgiving.
  • The challenge will involve completing any walk, run or wheelchair workout of at least 5K.
  • You'll be rewarded with a badge and stickers for Messages and FaceTime.

Update - This story has been updated to confirm that the challenge is only available in the U.S.

After skipping it in 2018, 2019 will mark the return of Apple Watch's Thanksgiving challenge.

Spotted by Kyle Seth Gray on Twitter and reported by 9to5Mac, the challenge involves completing a walk, run or wheelchair workout of a least 5K (3.1 miles) on Thursday, November 28.

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If you successfully complete the challenge, you'll be rewarded with the special 5K badge shown above, as well as stickers for Messages and FaceTime.

Gray has further confirmed that the 5K challenge will only available to U.S. users, which makes sense given that Thanksgiving (at least on November 28) is an American holiday, and given Apple's pattern of region-specific challenges.

Most people don't tend to burn more than 3-400 calories during a 5K, so remember, given that a 4oz serving of turkey (no skin) is 158 calories, Apple Watch's Thanksgiving challenge might not get you as much extra food as you were hoping for.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.