Zen Squirrel Running Challenge (Virtual)

February 1 - 28, 2023 / Anywhere
Events

25 Mile

$60 Run (or walk) anywhere and accumulate 25 total miles, over multiple runs, during February

50 Mile

$60 Run (or walk) anywhere and accumulate 50 total miles, over multiple runs, during February.

100 Mile

$60 Run (or walk) anywhere and accumulate 100 total miles, over multiple runs, during February.
Description

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Back for round four - the Zen Squirrel returns this February. 

The goal for this challenge is simple - run (or walk) anywhere and accumulate 25, 50, or 100 total miles, over multiple runs, during February. 

For each run, track your distance, input your data to the online platform (super simple - see recording your miles), and watch your progress grow over the month-long event.  Throughout the event, you will earn digital badges for achieving milestones such as accumulated miles, overall runs/walks completed, and consecutive days running/walking.  At the end of February, download your digital finisher certificate with all your stats and bask in your well earned accomplishment.  

In addition to an awesome personal challenge and a month of added motivation to RUN MORE, your participation includes some sweet Zen Squirrel swag, and a chance to win randomly drawn prizes each 10 days of the challenge.  

You can run individually and also on a team.  Track the progress of your teammates and cheer them on!  Create OR join a team to be included in special giveaway drawings.

RUN MORE and GET ZEN this February!

Everyone Loves Swag

All participants receive sweet Zen Squirrel swag - soft and comfy long sleeve tee (or upgrade to a warm hoodie for an extra $20), a head wrap/neck gaiter, and a beautiful medal that doubles as a bottle opener.  Shipping is included.  All swag will be shipped by the end of February.  

HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS
  • Choose your distance (25 Mile, 50 Mile, or 100 Mile) and sign up.
  • Run and Track: Run (or walk) anywhere at any time from 2/1-2/28 with the goal of accumulating your chosen mileage (25, 50, or 100 miles).  Take as many runs as you need to reach your mileage goal.  Track each run on your GPS device, watch, phone, map, measuring wheel, odometer, etc.
  • Record Your Miles: From your device or computer, log into your profile on runsignup.com and click on the results tab. After each run, record your distance into the online platform (THIS IS SUPER SIMPLE - just follow these directions).  You may also record your elapsed time, elevation gain, and any comments about each run.  Results must be posted by February 28th @ 11:59pm (Hawaii – Aleutian Standard Time), which is 4:59am Eastern Standard Time on March 1st.
  • Follow Your Progress: Each run's progress is added to the totals of all earlier runs to make up your one month total. After each run, watch the progress bar grow as you get closer to your goal.  Throughout the event, you will earn digital badges for achieving milestones such as accumulated miles, overall # of runs/walks completed, and consecutive days running/walking.  At the end of February, download your digital finisher certificate with your stats.
  • Share (optional): Post photos from your runs on the runsignup platform (super easy) and/or on social media and use #zensquirrelrun so we can track your post. You may win a prize!
  • Celebrate/Giveaways:  We will randomly select winners of giveaways on 2/10 and 2/20 - keep an eye out for an email with the winners.  And, on March 1st, we will send a final email wrapping up the event, awarding prizes, and drawing the final giveaway winners.  Giveaways and prizes include nice stuff like running gear/accessories, cash giveaways, and zen squirrel swag.  All participants will be automatically included in the giveaway drawings.  Giveaways and prizes will be mailed to the winners along with their swag at the end of the February.  
Digital Badges and Additional Challenges

Throughout the event, you will earn digital badges for achieving milestones (NEW IN 2023).  Check out your Trophy Case in your Individual Result Summary Page to see your badges.  In addition to the main goal of achieving your overall mileage, challenge yourself to complete 28 runs/walks, and/or to run/walk every day during the month.  Earn an additional item of swag if you complete the EVERY DAY CHALLENGE.  Here are the badges you can earn:

  • 20% of your mileage goal
  • 50% of your mileage goal
  • 80% of your mileage goal
  • 100% of your mileage goal
  • 140% of your mileage goal
  • 200% of your mileage goal
  • 28 Run/Walk Challenge - 14 runs/walks completed (multiple activities/day are all counted)
  • 28 Run/Walk Challenge - 28 runs/walks completed (multiple activities/day are all counted)
  • Every Day Challenge - 14 consecutive days from 2/1-2/14
  • Every Day Challenge - 28 consecutive days from 2/1-2/28
Record your miles
  • From your device or computer, go to the Results page.
  • Click on Submit Virtual Results and search for your registration.  if you are not logged in, you can verify by your phone number or email.
  • Click on Log Activities.
  • Enter your mileage.  You may also enter elapsed time and your elevation gain if you like but those are both optional data points.  After each run/walk, log in and add your latest results, which will be added to all previous results to make up your running totals.
  • Don't forget to post your photos from your runs.  
  • Results must be posted by February 28th @ 11:59pm (Hawaii – Aleutian Standard Time), which is 4:59am Eastern Standard Time on March 1st.
Refer your friends and earn rewards

Invite friends to join in the fun.  Every person who signs up using your unique referral link will help you earn the following rewards.  

  • Refer ONE RUNNER and receive a sweet Zen Squirrel Beanie.  One beanie/person.
  • Receive $25 cash back for EVERY FOUR RUNNERS you refer.  Automatically refunded to the credit card you used when registering.  

Your referral link will be included on your confirmation email and we will also send you a separate email that you can forward to your friends.  Also, your referral link will be embedded in the social share buttons at the end of registration.  Plenty of ways to invite your friends and earn rewards.   All referral swag will be sent with race swag items by the end of February.

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