With physical distancing precautions still in place across the country, Fleet Feet announced its fourth annual Global Running Day event, The Big Run, which will take place virtually this year.
Shifting names to My Big Run, this June 3 Global Running Day initiative will take place in partnership with Brooks and provide runners with a dedicated virtual community event that celebrates running with fun download-and-print race kits, awards prizes in inventive categories, and helps raise money for Girls on the Run.
For $10, participants choose one of five race distances—one mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon, or full marathon—to complete.
Participants will receive a virtual race kit that includes a digital medal, print-your-own bib and other photo props, a $15 voucher to use at their local Fleet Feet store, and access to curated Fleet Feet content and tips. Runners can upload results on June 3 by 11:59 p.m. PST via text message, e-mail, or the RunSignUp race registration platform.
“We know a lot of new runners have taken to the sidewalks and greenways in an effort to stay healthy during the past two months, and it’s been a huge bright spot for us to see this energy and excitement within our communities,” says Joey Pointer, CEO and president of Fleet Feet. “Though physical distancing measures are still in place, we can come together virtually to celebrate each other’s personal achievements. Whether you’ve previously run 50 marathons or are aiming to run your first mile, Fleet Feet’s My Big Run gives everyone the chance to cross their own personal finish line.”
In addition to submitting their race results, Fleet Feet encourages runners to share images from their run on Instagram for the chance to win a variety of prizes from top running brands such as Brooks, Addaday, Amphipod, Balega, Feetures, Garmin, Gu Energy, Nathan, Nuun, Oofos, and Superfeet. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
- Most Scenic Race Route
- Best Virtual High-Five
- Most Creative Finish Line
- Most Inspirational Chalk Message
- Rookie of the Year
- Friendliest Competition
- Best Flat Racer
- Best Recovery Photo
- Sweatiest Selfie
- Fastest time
My Big Run participants can select to donate to Girls on the Run during the registration process. To date, Fleet Feet has raised over $15,000 through My Big Run sign-ups to support Girls on the Run, with an ultimate goal of $20,000.
More information is available at runsignup.com/mybigrun.
Founded in 1976, Fleet Feet is the largest franchisor of locally owned and operated running stores with 182 locations in 37 states and a national headquarters in Carrboro, NC.
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