When 2020 came crashing down and all the races started to cancel, this company, Run The Edge, came in and gave me something to run for. They were the founders behind The Un-Canceled Project, my very first virtual race in a year that ended up turning into one of many, and they gave me a purpose for tracking all my miles. The Run The Edge founders, a small group of 5 mighty and dedicated people, made running fun in a year that was filled with very few cheerleaders. Read about the Run The Edge founders here, as they are real people with a passion for bringing people together through running and are worth supporting. They are responsible for my latest running goal.
I ran almost 1800 miles in 2018 and 1700 miles in 2019. This year, my milage has been respectable by most counts, but it’s probably less still than what I accomplished in 2019, and I wanted something new to shoot for in 2021. It’s a must to look forward and to find new ways to challenge oneself, and I can’t think of a better goal than to run the year in 2021. The 2021 Run/Walk 2,2021 Miles in 2021 is just what I need, a glimmer of sunshine to start the year off fresh as I reflect on the dark days of 2020.
This challenge is open to both individuals and teams, and all miles, run or walked, count. This includes hiking, strolling, ellipticaling, stair climbing, and pretty much any other activity that helps you get some milage in. Wheelchairs count too! Every participant of this challenge gets access to a tracker so all of their miles can be easily input. You can manually enter your miles or sync them easily with Garmin, Fitbit, Apple Watch, and Strava. In addition to this, you’ll be given access to an optional private Facebook community, which is, let’s face it, a nice perk in our current state of affairs where many of our running communities have been decimated and we need those encouraging words.
The tracker will allow you to choose 500, 1000, 1500, or 2021 miles as a goal and there will be a progress meter on your home page to help you keep track of how you are doing. You’ll always know if you are behind, ahead, or on track to meet your goals!! We all know life happens, especially over 365 days, so you have the option of changing your goal at any time during the challenge as well.
If you chose to participate in this challenge as a team, you can create one with up to 5 people. Within your group, you can divide up the miles any way you wish and you can conquer all 2,021 miles together. Each team member must register individually, and you don’t need to specify your team when you do so. You can even participate on a team or alone at the same time, and the tracker will keep track of your team and individual miles.
There are three packages available for this challenge, depending on what you want to motivate you. The “Get It All” package for $59 will include a high tech custom dyed shirt, an interactive Pocket Watch Medal (which has three hands on it so you can track your exact milage,) a Legacy Coin, a Run The Year 2021 passport and stickers, the milage tracker, access to the Private Facebook group, and a RTY 2021 Milage Guide. Basically, this package includes everything you need for success! If you don’t feel you need all of this, you can also register for the “Deluxe” package which includes all that is listed above except for the shirt. Lastly, if you are more of a minimalist, you can register for the “Basic” package which is $25 and gives you access to the milage tracker, the Facebook group, and the RTY 2021 Mileage Guide.
Prices go up after midnight on December 27th and all packages can’t ship until you register, so get on it!!!
When: January 1st, 2021 thru December 31st, 2021
Cost: Get It All for $59, Deluxe for $39, or Basic for $25