A 25,000 Mile Relay Around the World That Unites Runners in an Online Community
The #Earthathon Running Relay began with a tweet. One runner (@GoRunHappy) finished a run and invited others to join him.
That Tweet grew into an online community of runners adding their miles together to run a virtual lap around the world. The inaugural lap of 25,000 miles was completed on December 30, 2014.
In 2017, the Earthathon Running Relay added a team concept. Ten teams are competing to complete the first lap.
But, there's a twist: after the first team finishes, they join the other teams to help them finish, too. When the 10th team finishes their lap, it will mean this virtual relay has covered 250,000 miles — 10 virtual laps around the world!
The goal is to finish all ten laps around the earth in 2017, but everyone is determined to finish the relay no matter how long it takes.
Each team has a name and a theme. You choose a relay team that suits you. I picked #Runshine because it's a "group of happy people who discovered the joy of running, day or night, 24/7." Each team has a captain and several co-leaders.
Runners Log Their Miles on Twitter with the hashtag: #Earthathon + Team Name
My mileage Tweets include #Earthathon and #Runshine (the name of my team) hashtags. Lots of runners include a photo because it's fun to see where people run. This morning I saw gorgeous photos from a run in Hawaii.
I've seen lots of interesting trails, tracks and parks all around the world because of Earthathon posts. Each one inspires and motivates me to keep running. There's a wonderful sense of community among the teams — everyone congratulates and encourages each other.
I try to make my posts interesting for my teammates. Here are a few recent Tweets:
Want to Join the Relay?
Sign up at www.EarthathonRelay.com. Join me on the #RunShine Team!
Watch the video below to learn more.
How and Where Do You Display Your Bling?
I hung a new medal on a hook in my closet this weekend. It made me wonder: how do other runners display their bling? Are they public or private displays? Shown at home or work? Hung on a specialty rack or a curtain rod? Tossed in a drawer? Do any runners wear their medal all day? The next day? Do experienced runners even care about medals after years of running?
I suspect if I ran a major marathon, like Boston or London, I would wear my medal for a week — maybe longer.
Usually though, I take a photo to send to family, then hang my bling on a hook in the bedroom walk in closet. My husband and I are the only people who see my race collection.
I believe that although everyone in a race gets the prize, it means something different for each runner. My medals recall very specific personal efforts and experiences. Most importantly, they remind me that I am healthier and happier when I am running.
And, of course, I'll admit I love that medals are shiny, pretty and unique pieces of art!
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On Saturday, April 22, 2017 runners will meet on Runway 1L/19R for the 5th Annual Tampa International Airport 5K on the Runway. Entries are limited to 2,000 runners. This is a chip-timed race.
All runners must finish in an hour, or they will be picked up in a courtesy cart and taken to the finish line. (Planes need to use the runway after the race.)
Early registration is $35 (increases to $40 on April 10). Registration includes a drifit shirt, finisher medal, and a rare view of Tampa International Airport from the runway. There will be picture spots, raffles for airline tickets, and a post race party.
The event will end at 10:30 so the airport can return to normal operations.
Parking is free. Use the entrance off of Hillsborough Avenue; take Hoover Blvd. South. Follow the signs. The event is not accessible from the main terminal.
Ready to Add This Unique Race to Your Calendar? Hurry, Prices Go Up on April 10!
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