Happy Friday, RUNSTREAKERS!!
Just this morning alone, we have already cleared over 3,000 miles... Dang. That's one hell of a way to start this challenge, right???
So, you probably know by now that we have some pretty killer sponsors to help make this years #RUNSTREAKPHL even more badass! The amazing people at Philadelphia Runner will be supporting our commencement party (details to come) as well as getting those much-coveted Finisher's Certificates. We're also so excited to announce that Vea Fitness Tracking & Rewards is the official App of #RUNSTREAKPHL! If you want a chance at some of the killer prizes ($500 in cash, hotel stays in Nashville, etc) you'll need to download the app and log AT LEAST 15 of your runs on it! Finally, this year we welcome Core as our third sponsor, slingin' the hydration at our **TOP SECRET** #RUNSTREAKPHL events (stay tuned...) as well as providing the goods for our commencement party.
HOW TO SCORE PRIZES:
The Certificate: Simply follow the rules during the streak (Log mileage on the doc. Verify via Instagram with the required hashtags) and knock out all 28 days!
The Cash: Log AT LEAST 7 of your runs with the Vea Fitness Tracking & Rewards App and you'll be entered into a raffle to win the money!
The Hotel, Swag, and Bonus Prizes: We have some secret categories that we just wont tell you, which will be announced and awarded at the commencement party.
Sound awesome? Great, cause it is. Keep up the good work! We're already off to an incredible start! 3 laps around the Earth is within reach...
TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! 28 days of pure awesomeness, dedication, accountability, burning muscles, sweat, smiles, shredded calories and epic miles!!
Some of you have shown some concern for your fellow Instagram followers because you'll be posting every day (as if you don't post selfies every day anyway...). So, we whipped up some "I'm Sorry" images that you can throw up today and tomorrow to prepare the masses for your epic journey!
We've got Justin Bieber, a sad dog, crying Lebron, and a few others to help spread the word:
Photos taken by Chris Sembrot
Interested in finding out a little about how our teeny little Facebook group exploded into a city-wide movement? Hit your local newsstand (or go visit your favorite running store **cough Philadelphia Runner cough**) to pick up the latest issue of Runner's World Magazine!
We are absolutely blown away and totally honored to be featured in their Human Race section, highlighting "News, Trends, and Regular Runners Doing Amazing Things." Yes. They're talking about us, which really means they are talking about YOU. With each step that we take, the support of the Philadelphia Running Community makes it possible.
So from the bottom of our hearts - thank you for being the lifeblood of this movement.
Lace up, cause we're just getting started.
Something crazy happened last February. Something epic. Something slightly ridiculous...
We challenged our Philadelphia fitness community to run at least one mile each day throughout the month notoriously known for completely crappy weather. Sleet, hail, rain, snow, and sub-zero temperatures hammered away at these ferocious (and possibly insane) runners. In the end, 509 participants logged 30,398.31 miles (the equivalent to 12 trips from Philly to LA) and burned 3,191,822.55 calories, or about 4,902 large cheese pizzas. To commemorate this epic feat of sporting, we teamed up with Adidas and Philadelphia runner to throw an EPIC commencement party with prizes, brews, and a very special version of #NIGHTSHIFTPHL!
This year, we're looking to double those numbers. That's right. We're doing it again. Crazy? Of course. Necessary? Absolutely not. But when has that stopped us before?
So start prepping yourselves now, Philly Runners, cause the second installment of #RUNSTREAKPHL kicks off NEXT WEDNESDAY, February 1st, and we promise you can expect the same antics (and some added perks), and of course your own commemorative #RUNSTREAKPHL finisher's certificate.
Head on over to the #RUN215CHALLENGE page to register and start logging your miles!
Image from harlemrun.com
EDIT: 6th and Market will not be a major stop on the route, so instead of setting up the cheer tent we have decided that RUN215 will be joining the run!!! We encourage everyone to run with us!
In the age of Facebook rants and armchair activism, 4 incredible women are using running as a massive tool for social change. Tomorrow, Alison Desir (@powderedfeet) of Harlem Run, along with 3 of her friends, are be embarking on a 240 Mile Relay from New York City to DC. Their goal? To raise $44,000 dollars for Planned Parenthood (as of right this second they've raised over $65k). The finish line will be The Women's March on Washington on January 21st in DC.
Each runner will be tackling north of 80 miles over the entire journey. As one might imagine, this will be an incredibly taxing endeavor. That's why we are directly calling on you, RUN215 Community, to support these women on their journey. SHOW. UP. AND. SUPPORT.
We (RUN215) will be on hand at 6th and Market on Thursday night (10pm) with our tent, water, music, and refreshments. There is a google spreadsheet with route time estimates and locations if you want to join a leg of the run.
Here's RUN215's Commitment: If you're running, show up to 6th and Market. Then, donate the cost of a 5k to their GoFundMe. We'll match $1 per runner (up to $400) that shows up to run and donates (Log your entries here). Let's do this. We support the #PlannedParenthood and these incredible women running to make a TRUE change. #powerfour #4WomenForAllWomen
For more info on the run, check out these sources:
I am incredibly saddened to hear about the incident on the Schuylkill River Trail that occurred last night, and are so thankful that the man and woman involved were left physically unharmed.
These incidents, although they have been few and far between, are unacceptable and create a palpable sense of fear on a trail that should be known instead for it's beauty, innovation, and accessibility to anyone - no matter who they are or where they are from.
With these incidents come the sad statements that they are "part of living in a big city." We reject this notion. No one should be the victim of such awful crimes, and RUN215 (with the amazing support of Councilman Johnson and the SRDC) have grappled with different solutions to protect the trail from these types of incidents. On top of increased patrols by the Philadelphia Police Department, improved lighting and signage on the trails, and other efforts, we organized a community based watch called the Schuylkill River Trail Watch. While fervor was massive in the beginning, we failed to gather enough people interested in volunteering to make this a reality. We are extremely disappointed that this is the result of the incredible efforts of The City, SRDC, PPD, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Town Watch Integrated Services, and multiple city agencies.
We thank the volunteers that DID sign up to patrol the trail, and hope that with time there will be enough momentum to give this initiative another shot in the future.
- Jon Lyons
Founder // Run215
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.