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Most of us race with the goal of getting to the finish line as fast as we can. Since a lot of us have been forced to slow down and appreciate the beauty of what we have, we thought we'd create a race that does the same. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect reminder to do just that, take the scenic route. We're giving you 105 days to virtually run the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. No pressure to be fast, just go out and enjoy the beauty of what's around you.
Here's the math:
500 miles (we know the Parkway is only 469 miles, but we like round numbers) in 105 days - That's a little shy of 5 miles a day - every day for 105 days. (4.76 miles to be exact) That's about 35 miles a week and about 140 miles a month.
Here is how it works:
1. Register and invite your friends to join you
2. Run anytime/anywhere and log your miles
3. Join the virtual community of fellow Blue Ridge runners.
All participants receive:
*Virtual Race Bib
*Map tracking, and leaderboard
*Finish Line photos..your Facebook friends will never know you are in South Dakota and not cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway!
*Being a part of our virtual run community - Join our Strava group where encouragement and smack talking are encouraged!
*Motivation - Hey let's face it - its kinda hard to keep motivated to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement! We will be sending you motivation and encouragement throughout the journey!
*A virtual vacation! Feel like you are running the Blue Ride Parkway with fun facts, photos and local information coming your way.
*All Finishers will also receive and elevation culture medal.
*Awards...we are working with local small businesses to bring you some sweet awards and some surprise drawings along the way!
The vision of Run the Ridge is to run locally while connecting across the USA! We are supporting local and domestic small business who have been hit hard during the Covid19 pandemic. Your race fees are going directly to support local small businesses. Shirts and awards are being sourced by local merchants. Medals are handmade in the USA using sustainable sourced goods.
All race swag is being sourced from local small businesses who have been hit hard by Covid19.
Awards - Goody box filled with with good stuff from NC small businesses!
Surprises - Log your miles, check your emails, tag us in your social media #runtheridge and you never know when your name may be drawn for a special Blue Ridge treat!
Q: When and where do I run?
A: You run anytime and anywhere you would like. Run as many miles each day as you would like. The only rule here is log your miles in order to earn your finisher medal. (500 miles by September 7, 2020). Trail miles, road miles, treadmill miles all count. The miles you earn each day walking from your beer fridge to your couch don't count! Only count the miles when you actually are out exercising!
Q: Will there be beer at the finish line?
A: Absolutely! BYOB!
Q: Do Swimming and Bike Miles count?
A: As in the name...Run the Ridge...only running (or walking) miles count!
Q: I'm participating in 6 other virtual runs during this time can I can't those miles for Run the Ridge?
A: That is something you will need to take up with your conscience!
Q: If I register after the race starts on May 25, can I include my back mileage to May 25?
A: NO. You will begin logging miles on the day you register..you will just have to cover more ground to get to the finish by September 7, 2020.
Q: Can we have a relay team?
A: This is an individual event, but if you trick 5 of your friends into joining you on this adventure you will pick up some pretty sweet bonus race swag!
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We get it! You live in the mountains and you are missing your summer beach trip! OR 500 miles is a little more than you want to log! If so, check out Run OBX a virtual run through the Outer Banks of NC! www.run-obx.com
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
FULL SEND: Being 100% Committed. No Take Backs. No Do Overs. No Second Chances. Full Speed Ahead. All In.
Run The Ridge is a race like non other. You know your toughest competitor - the person who stares back at you in the mirror. You know your weaknesses. You know your strengths. You know what gets you out of bed in the morning. Here is your chance to focus one mile at a time on becoming a better version of yourself.
Between our three virtual events we are over 1500 athletes strong representing 45 states and 6 countries. As a group we have raised over $19,000 which will be divided between food banks in some of North Carolina's most food insecure areas. Each of you comes to the starting line with different abilities, different experiences and different goals. For some of you - your goal is to be the first person to cover the 500 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For some of you your goal is to meet a friend, neighbor or running buddy and log 35 miles of running each week. For others of you your goal is to spend intentional time with your family walking or running each day.
Whatever your goal we want you to go FULL SEND! Be fully committed. We are here as a team to motivate and encourage each other to emerge better than we started. Make sure you connect with our Facebook Group. And join us on IG @RunBlueRidge
Thank you for taking this journey with us and please reach out if you have any questions.
Renee and Chad
Your Full Send Racing Team
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