What are you doing on Friday, April 26th? Hopefully running to or from work along with thousands of people around the globe!
The fantastic folks over at Run to Work Day are promoting this year’s global day of run commuting by asking those that participate to donate the money they would have spent on vehicle/transit travel to a wonderful organization that works with children facing adversity – Right to Play.
You can register (free) for the event through the link on their homepage and by doing so, you’ll become eligible for rewards and incentives (RunRelay magazine digital download). You will even be able to upload/register your miles and/or route through the site, so that a worldwide total can be calculated.
From the site:
Unlike other running events there is no fixed or minimum distance to cover. You can pick your own route, distance and time of day plus decide if you want to run solo or with a colleague. If you have a long work commute perhaps you could plan to run just part of your travel distance by committing to get off the bus, train or underground a stop or two earlier than usual.
RUN TO WORK DAY in not just an opportunity for runners around the world to ‘run for good’ it is also a chance for employers to encourage colleagues to create a healthy and active workplace. Further, we anticipate that many firms will agree to match-fund their employees’ charitable donations.
Here are some promotional flyers to print out and hang at your office or local running store/club:
UPDATE: We are extending the deadline through the weekend. All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 1st. We will notify the winner on Monday night.
Who’s ready to race?
If you’ve never participated in The North Face Endurance Challenge before, now is your chance. We are giving away a free entry to the October 13-14 Southeast Regional trail race in Atlanta, GA!
Overview of the Race
The North Face Endurance Challenge was born following ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes‘ monumental 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days . The first Endurance Challenge race was held in 2007, drawing together elite runners, ultramarathoners, and average athletes alike. The courses are all chosen to challenge the individual, as well as provide beautiful and breathtaking views along the way. What began as a single-day event with four race distances to choose from, evolved into a two-day event, with 8 different races (50-mile, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and even a 1K Kid’s Run), held in six different cities across the United States.
The Atlanta, GA Southeast Regional Race
Location: F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA (I know – not quite Atlanta)
Located 1.5 hours southwest of Atlanta, the Pine Mountain Trail provides 23 miles of ideal trail running experience – water crossings, technical terrain, tough uphill and downhill sections, and plenty of exposed roots and loose rock to try and take you down.
How to Enter:
1) Comment below on this post and tell us your favorite place/route to run.
2) Like The Run Commuter on Facebook.
One lucky person will receive a registration code good for any distance. Winner will be chosen by random number generator based on post number. Contest will end
Friday, September 28, 2012 Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:oo pm EST.
We will also follow-up on the winner’s training progress and race experience if they will allow us to share (not a requirement for accepting the free registration).
UPDATE: Our station will be located at the North end of the route at the corner of N. Highland and Virginia Ave. in front of Yeah! Burger. Stop by, sign in, enter the raffle and run with Josh as he comes by, or join him out along the route.
Greetings runners and run commuters!
On May 20th, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is holding an open streets event called Atlanta Streets Alive and we’ll be participating as an Activity Partner! A 2-mile section of our city streets will be closed to vehicle traffic from 2pm – 6pm, allowing walkers, runners, cyclists and other foot traffic to utilize this space for whatever they can imagine.
We imagined a marathon.
Here’s how you can join us:
TRC will have an info booth and board charting our progress somewhere near the halfway mark along the route. If this location changes, we will update via Facebook and Twitter. The booth will most likely be unstaffed, so sign in, grab a race bib and wait for Josh to come by (He’ll be passing by the booth around a dozen times). Then join up and run for whatever distance you feel like.
When you finish, tear the bottom of the bib off and place it in the box at the booth for a chance to win this inspiring book!
For those interested in running a full marathon with Josh
He will be starting an hour before the event starts (1:00pm) to allow for stops and streetlights. Send him an email at email@example.com if you’re interested and he’ll send you the meetup location.
Did everyone enjoy running to work on Run to Work Day? TRICK QUESTION: of course you did. We heard from many of you, pre- and post-RtWD. Here is a sampling of some of the excitement that simmered in from Internaut, followed by my own experience and photographs.
Our pal and fellow Atlantan Hall said, “Good timing! My car needs some work, so I started riding MARTA, then I realized it’d be just as quick (faster even, if you can believe it) to run commute. Plus I needed to start adding miles to my training.” Not the first time in Atlanta’s congested streets that runners and riders have outpaced transit.
Christina, who discovered the event last-minute, jumped in regardless, eager. She has a great recap with photos, and her day-before prep. You might wonder whether she successfully summited the 0.7 mile-long Torrey Pines Hill at the end of her run. Go find out! (She did. TRUMPH.)
Matt and a partner, unable to go on Feb. 24, will instead brave their run commute on April 6. “Brave” it is apt: they will run 40 miles to work. They have a debate going: “Can we be late or do we have to be at work on time?” Your thoughts?
Aggie, with a wealth of commitments and dearth of time, saw this as an opportunity to notch some miles. “My job is just some 4.5 miles away, so I usually try to alternate running to with running from work. … Between school and work the commute runs are the only option for me to get any training going during the work week.”
And our pal Byron, known locally as one of the go-to guys regarding bicycles, jumped in, too. Adventurer, he. “Achieved “mode parity” today, with my route by foot (run, not walk), bike, transit, and car all taking less than 30 min total; I could probably get them almost equal with a bit more effort.” Josh and I saw him the other day for lunch, and Byron is looking quite svelte these days. Whatever level of effort he is putting out, it is paying off. (more…)
The Road Runners Club of America’s Run@Work Day is quickly approaching! Since we’re really into run commuting around here, we wanted to have a day of our own, but in the spirit of all kinds of running, we’ve decided to combine it with the already-scheduled celebration on September 16th.
In addition to scheduling a run with coworkers during the day at work or planning a quick jog at the end of the day, why not start planning on running to or from work that day? Maybe you could lead a small group after work, winding through neighborhoods and dropping runners off where they live as you make your own way home? Maybe you can do a post-work pub run, hang around for a drink and then run to your house afterwards? In any case, it’s the perfect excuse to give run commuting a try for the first time!
If you have any questions or are just starting out and need some advice, leave a comment or you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.