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If you are looking for a way to stay accountable as we (hopefully) head into the warmer months, then this challenge is for you! We've come up with 50 tasks centered around running or walking (some easy, some challenging, some fun, some funny, some likely to sit outside of your comfort zone) and if you complete 35 of them you will earn a big beautiful custom designed race medal. Did we mention that it spins?
The challenge will begin on 3/1 and runs through 4/30 and can be completed anywhere, you do not need to live in the Hudson Valley! You will log each completed task into Run Signup and earn an awesome virtual custom badge for each "scavenger hunt like" task completed. Complete 35 tasks to earn a beautifully designed hand-made custom medal. Complete all 50 tasks and in addition to earning a medal, you will be entered to win 1 of five $100 Fleet Feet gift cards. For every 100 participants registered, we will add in an additional five $100 Fleet Feet gift cards. So if we get 200 participants, we will raffle off ten $100 gift cards among those who complete all 50 tasks, fifteen for 300 participants, twenty for 400 participants, etc.
The cost to register is $30 on day 1 (with no tasks revealed) but will go up $1 each day starting on 2/15 as we release 5 tasks/badges each day until we hit $40 and all 50 tasks are revealed. The price to register after the challenge begins on 3/1 will be $45.
SWAG: Participants will receive a custom gender specific tank or t-shirt with their entry fee. Shirts for those who register before 2/28 will be available for local curbside pick-up at Fleet Feet by Friday 3/12. Those who register after 2/28 will get their shirt at the end of the challenge. Earned medals will be available for curbside pick-up at Fleet Feet starting on Friday 5/7. Those who are not local or opt to have their SWAG mailed will receive their shirts AND medals (if earned) in the mail by Friday 5/7. There is a $4 fee to have your SWAG mailed.
You can expect to receive your first communication from us on Wednesday, February 24th (or within 48 hours of registering) with the specifics on how to log your tasks into Run Signup, info on the Facebook & Strava groups, details on the local pickup and more.
Tasks (Will be revealed 5 at a time starting on Monday 2/15):
If you are registering before all tasks are revealed, you should be aware that nearly all of the tasks should be accessible everyone regardless of running or walking experience. Some are definitely challenging and will require some effort, thinking, planning and creativity, but there isn't anything that is extremely physically challenging such as scaling a rock wall etc. With that said, we believe that every single person who registers can absolutely complete at least 35 tasks. Getting all 50 tasks will definitely be more difficult but that is exactly why it is called a challenge! Task/badge examples that are from our LAST challenge include: Pet a cat during a run, read a book about running, walk/run the same route 2 days in a row and do a walk/run of at least 1 mile that includes a bridge. These won't be making a reappearance but should give you an idea of what to expect.
Important Note: If you sign up in advance of seeing all of the tasks/ badges you are taking a risk that you may not like or want to complete every single one of them. If you have the mentality that you MUST complete all 50, you should probably wait until all 50 are revealed before committing so that you can make 100% sure that you are comfortable with each and every task. To keep the challenge fair and fun for all participants, we won't be offering any badge alternatives!
Day 1 (2/15) Task/Badge Reveal:
Perfect Strangers Badge: Run or Walk (at least 1 mile) with someone you've never run/walked with before
Cemetery Badge: Do a run/walk of at least 1 mile that includes a cemetery
Right On Time Badge: Take a picture with an outdoor clock during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Babbling Brook Badge: Run/walk (at least 1 mile) that passes by a stream
Graffiti Badge: Take a picture of graffiti during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Day 2 (2/16) Task/Badge Reveal:
Historic Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile on a historic site
Waterfall Badge: Do a run/walk of at least 1 mile where you pass a waterfall
Moo-ving Badge: Take a picture of a cow on a run/walk of at least 1 mile
April Fools Badge: Run/walk (last least one mile) on April Fools Day (4/1)
How Old Am I? Badge: Take a picture of a house or mailbox with your age on it during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Day 3 (2/17) Task/Badge Reveal:
Lakeview Badge: Do a run/walk of at least 1 mile around or near a lake
2021 Badge: Run/walk a total of 202.1 miles during the challenge
First Responder Badge: Take a selfie with a fire truck, police car or ambulance during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Running in the Rain Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile in the rain while carrying an umbrella
Full Moon Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile after dark during a full moon (3/28, 4/26)
Day 4 (2/18) Task/Badge Reveal:
Ice Cream Lovers Badge: Stop for ice cream (or dairy free alternative) during a walk/run of at least 1 mile
April Showers Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile in the Rain without an umbrella
Spring Street Badge: Take a picture running on a street that is the same name as a season (run should be at least 1 mile)
Green Acres Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile through or past a farm
Vernal Equinox Badge: Run at least 1 mile on the first day of spring (3/20)
Day 5 (2/19) Task/Badge Reveal:
Go Fly A Kite Badge: Complete a run/walk of at least one mile with a kite
Feathered Friends Badge: Take a picture of a bird during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Looks like Spring Badge: Do a run/walk and take a picture of Easter or Spring decorations
High on Life Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile on 4/20
Walking on Sunshine Badge: Go for a run/walk of at least 1 mile on a sunny day
Day 6 (2/20) Task/Badge Reveal:
Troll Toll Badge: Take a selfie running/walking under a bridge (at least 1 mile)
Park Run Badge: Run/Walk at least 1 mile in a state park
Easter Bunny Badge: Run/walk (at least 1 mile) on Easter (4/4)
Extra Innings Badge: Complete a 1 mile run/walk that includes a baseball field
Fountain Badge: Run/Walk at least 1 mile that includes running around a fountain
Day 7 (2/21) Task/Badge Reveal:
Bird House Badge: Take a picture of a bird house while on a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Super Mario Badge: Take a picture of a mushroom while on a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Fashionista Badge: Run or walk wearing all Spring colors & take a selfie before or after (at least 1 mile)
Farmhouse Badge: Pass a barn during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Sound of Music Badge: Do a run/walk (at least one mile) that includes running through a field
Day 8 (2/22) Task/Badge Reveal:
Luck of the Irish Badge: Run or Walk at least 1 mile wearing green on St. Patrick's Day (3/17)
Runner's Choice Badge: Come up with a creative badge; Complete the task and photograph it. The 3 with the most likes on the Facebook post will win $25 Fleet Feet gift cards
Earth Day Badge: Pickup trash before, during and/or after your run/walk (at least 1 mile)
Tulip Badge: Take a picture with tulips during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Punky Brewster Badge: Complete a run/walk of at least 1 mile wearing mis-matched socks
Day 9 (2/23) Task/Badge Reveal:
Wind Spinner Badge: Take a picture during a run/walk with a wind spinner yard decoration (at least 1 mile)
What day is it? Badge: Run or walk the number of miles that matches the date (i.e. on 3/1 you would run 3.1 miles)
Gardener Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile while carrying a piece of garden equipment
Time Warp Badge: Run or walk for an hour on 3/14 (Daylight Savings)
Unseasonably Cold Badge: Run or Walk when the temperature is at least 10 degrees colder than the average monthly temperature for your area
Day 10 (2/24) Task/Badge Reveal:
A Horse is a Horse Badge: Take a picture of a horse on a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Millenial Badge: Listen to a podcast about running
Out of Towner Badge: Take a picture with an out of state license plate during a run/walk of at least 1 mile
Muddy Shoes Badge: Go for a trail run/walk/hike of at least 1 mile
Taxman Badge: Run/walk at least 1 mile on 4/15
The rules (please read everything before registering):
* All tasks must be completed between 3/1-4/30, tasks completed outside of the challenge window will not count. You can't start early!
* Running and walking counts
* All tasks must be marked complete in Run Signup to count, no exceptions. Detailed instructions on how to mark tasks as complete will be emailed prior to the start of the challenge. Once you mark the task complete, you will earn the corresponding badge.
* This challenge is basically the honor system but participants are highly encouraged to share photographs of their completed tasks in the Facebook group. We will have a specific post for each task/badge. It's a lot of fun to see how other participants are tackling the challenge!
* While this is an individual challenge, you can complete some of the tasks in small groups however we ask that you respect the current guidelines in place regarding masks, social distancing and group meet-ups.
* PLEASE register with an email address that you regularly check, not your hotmail account with 150,000 unread messages that you haven't looked at since 2006. We communicate with participants via email and the Facebook group and you will miss important communications if you aren't checking either.
Once you register, please share the challenge on your Facebook page. Our challenges are way more fun when done with friends! If 5 people register through your link, you will receive $15 of your registration fee back.
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