Building Healthy Communities Virtual Fitness Challenge

Sun September 27 - Sat November 7
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*Update regarding COVID-19 social distancing requirements as they relate to this event*

The 6th Annual Building Healthy Communities 5K Run/Walk and Wellness Expo has been converted to a 6-week virtual fitness challenge.  If you have already registered for the original event, you can transfer that registration to the virtual challenge and we will refund the difference.  If you are unable to participate in the virtual fitness challenge, your registration will be refunded.  Thank you so much for your understanding and support. 

Sign up to complete weekly fitness challenges and join in the fight against childhood obesity. We also have a lot of exciting incentive prizes to be awarded by random drawing, so be ready to be fit and healthy.  The Building Healthy Communities Virtual Fitness challenge will raise funds to benefit the Heart Health Program of MUSC’s Children’s Hospital while helping to promote health and wellness.

Your registration fee includes a t-shirt and other "swag" items. To be eligible for the weekly prize of a $25 gift card (one awarded each of the six weeks), you will need to complete and log each weekly fitness challenge (one challenge per week) no later than 11:59 pm of each Saturday throughout the six weeks.  You may log extra bouts of exercise to be entered into additional drawings for a variety of prizes (minimum of 30 minutes or 2 miles).  There will be a final prize of a $100 gift card awarded at the end of the six weeks, with only those who completed and logged all six weekly challenges eligible.  All prize drawings will be by random drawing.  Below are the six weekly challenges (one challenge per week to be done in one bout):

Week one fitness challenge: minimum of 20 minutes of any exercise or 1 mile of running/walking
Week two fitness challenge: minimum of 30 minutes of any exercise or 2 miles of running/walking
Week three fitness challenge: minimum of 40 minutes of any exercise or 3 miles or running/walking
Week four fitness challenge: minimum of 50 minutes of any exercise or 4 miles of running/walking
Week five fitness challenge: minimum of 60 minutes of any exercise or 5 miles of running/walking
Week six fitness challenge: minimum of 60 minutes of any exercise or 5 miles of running/walking

Thank you, sincerely, from the Heart Health team.  

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Detailed Event Information

2020 BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES VIRTUAL FITNESS CHALLENGE
Thank you so much for participating in the 2020 Building Healthy Communities Virtual Fitness Challenge.  With your participation, you are taking steps to support healthy communities through your contribution to MUSC Children’s Health Heart Health program.  For more information about the program, please visit our website: www.musckids.org/heart/health.  Please note, your t-shirt and swag will be arriving soon after the start of the challenge—we spent a little extra time to gather more fun swag for you!

Let’s thank our sponsors for this event:
Platinum Level:
Lucey Mortgage Corporation
First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina
Made 2 Move Physical Therapy

Silver Level:
Joints in Motion Physical Therapy & Wellness
Seacoast Sports and Outfitters

Important challenge information:
Logging exercise
To log your exercise, you will visit the https://runsignup.com website and click the icon at the top right (circle with a head & shoulders silhouette). Choose “Profile”.  Find this event in your “Upcoming Events” tab and click “Submit Virtual Results” on the right side.  Add your time or mileage (mileage is only for running/walking) and click “Submit Activity”.  For additional options, such as uploading activity from GPS tools (Garmin, Strava, etc.) please see this infographic for more information.  Remember, you must log your exercise by 11:59pm each Saturday.

The weekly challenges
To be eligible for the Weekly Prize drawing of a $25 gift card, you must complete the weekly challenge (listed below) one time during the specified week and record the information no later than 11:59pm on the Saturday of that week. (To be eligible for additional prize drawings, you may log additional exercise throughout the week; details later in this email.)  To be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing of a $100 gift card, you must complete and log all six challenges during their designated weeks.  *If you miss the deadline to log your challenge exercise (11:59pm each Saturday), you will not be entered into that week’s prize drawing nor the Grand Prize drawing.

Challenges
Week of 9/27-10/3: minimum 20 minutes or 1 mile
Week of 10/4-10/10: minimum 30 minutes or 2 miles
Week of 10/11-10/17: minimum 40 minutes or 3 miles
Week of 10/18-10/24: minimum 50 minutes or 4 miles
Week of 10/25-10/31: minimum 60 minutes or 5 miles
Week of 11/1-11/7: minimum 60 minutes or 5 miles
*mileage requirement is only for running/walking; minutes requirement is for all other exercise

Additional prize drawings
In addition to the Weekly Prize drawing of a $25 gift card and the Grand Prize drawing of a $100 gift card, you may qualify to be entered into drawings for additional prizes.  To be entered, you must complete and log bouts of exercise that are at least 30 minutes or 2 miles (mileage is only for running/walking) throughout the week in addition to the one weekly challenge exercise requirement.  You will get one entry into the drawing for every bout of exercise you log during that week that meets the required minimum, so more exercise = more chances to win!  Here is a list of the exciting prizes (and their approximate retail value) that you could choose from if your name is picked (more may be added throughout the six weeks):

  • One month of personalized fitness coaching from Made2Move ($249 value)
  • A packed gift basket from Fleet Feet Sports, Mt. Pleasant ($150 value)
  • A family 4-pack of tickets to the RiverDogs 2021 season ($100 value)
  • Two day passes to the US National Whitewater Center ($118 value)
  • A $125 gift card to Frametastic ($125 value)
  • A Fit Bit Inspire from the MUSC adult Weight Management Program ($100 value)
  • Two signature candles and box of matches from Rewind Candles ($62 value)
  • A packed gift bag with a t-shirt and child’s Sonicare toothbrush from Coastal Kids Dental and Braces ($90 value)
  • Three grocery delivery bundles with local vegetables/fruit, bread and eggs to be delivered when you choose from Lowcountry Street Grocery ($90 value)

*Prizes will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each prize drawing winner will be able to choose from the prizes that remain at the time of the drawing.

Support each other
We have created a private Facebook group for this event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/237793980808366.  We encourage you to join and share your progress to promote a community of wellness.  This is also where we will be posting sponsored wellness tips and links to sponsored workouts.

Sponsored Wellness Tips and Workouts
Throughout the six weeks, we will be posting wellness tips and workouts to the private Facebook group (see above).  These tips and workouts are sponsored by various local entities to help support your efforts with this challenge and with creating lifelong exercise habits.  Enjoy!

Questions?
We want this experience to be enjoyable for you, so if you have any questions that were not answered here, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at hearthealth@musc.edu.  You may also visit the FAQ section (see below) or post questions to the private Facebook group (others may be wondering the same thing you are!).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of exercises are allowed for meeting the challenges?
Any exercise that meets the minimum time requirement is allowed, however the only exercise that can be used to meet the mileage requirement is running/walking.  

2. How are the prizes awarded?
All prizes, including the weekly award, random incentive prizes and the final award will all be decided on through random drawing.  
Weekly $25 gift card: all who complete and log the weekly challenge no later than 11:59 pm each Saturday are eligible for the six weekly prize give-aways.
Random incentive prizes: those who complete and log exercise in addition to the weekly challenges (must be a minimum of 30 minutes or 2 miles) no later than 11:59 pm each Saturday will be entered into separate drawings for a variety of prizes. 
Final $100 gift card: all who have completed and logged ALL SIX weekly challenges are eligible for the final prize.

3. Do I have to meet the weekly challenge goals every day of the week?  Can I accumulate the challenge goal through the course of the week?
Each week's challenge is a one-day challenge and should be completed in one bout.  You may log additional bouts of exercise at any point throughout the week and if they meet the minimum of 30 minutes or 2 miles, you will be entered into the random weekly drawings for a variety of "extra" incentive prizes.   

4. What if I miss a week or forget to log my exercise?
Only those who have logged their exercise on time (and only if that exercise meets the minimum requirement for a particular week) are eligible for the weekly $25 gift card.  Only those who have logged all six weeks are eligible for the final $100 gift card.  Those who log exercise that is in addition to the weekly challenge and meets a minimum of 30 minutes or 2 miles are eligible for additional prizes through random drawing.  

5. What is group registration and what is the Charleston Running Club?
Register as a group if you know 4 or more people that will be completing the challenge. Group registration is discounted 15% off for small groups of 4-19 people and 20% off for large groups of 20 or more people.  By registering as a group, you save money and get to have fun with your family and friends throughout the six weeks!  Charleston Running Club members can receive 10% off race registration (not to be combined with group discounts).  The Charleston Running Club is a local running club, open to all.  For more information, please visit their website at www.charlestonrunningclub.com.  

6. Is there a military discount?
Yes, veterans and active members of the military can receive 10% off using the MILVET code.  Thank you for your service.

7. Why are weeks 5 and 6 the same minimum time and distance requirement?
One of the overall goals of this challenges is to encourage a lifestyle of fitness and wellness for all.  The weekly challenges are set to be realistic for those at any fitness level and progress in a realistic manner.  The last two weeks are both a minimum of 60 minutes or 5 miles running/walking because this amount would help individuals meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, while being realistic for this fitness challenge.

8. What is the refund policy?
Sorry, no refunds will be offered, but all of the proceeds go to support a non-profit family-oriented program benefiting the community. We appreciate your support!

9. Am I able to donate to the program in addition to my entry fee?
Yes!  Thank you for inquiring.  There is a section on the event website where donations can be entered.  Thank you so much for supporting a great cause.

10. Am I able to buy additional shirts?
Yes!  Additional shirts are $12 and you can add the order on the registration page.

11. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact hearthealth@musc.edu with questions.

Heart Health Program Information:
Heart Health is a weight management program and lipid clinic for kids and teens.   We work with kids and their families to promote healthy habits through individualized clinic visits, group education sessions and a fitness program.  We have had fantastic success and we currently have over 350 families enrolled from the greater Charleston area!  Since we are a non-profit program, we rely heavily on fundraising events that also promote our healthy message through exercise and other health promotion activities.

Thank you so much for your support of these children and their families and for helping us Build Healthy Communities!  More information can be found on our website at www.MUSCKids.org/Heart/Health and our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MUSCkidsHeartHealth

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