Last Monday, when we announced the RUN4GOOD challenge, there were some technical difficulties, so we're giving it another go today. The links below all work now, and we're pushing the challenge deadline back a week: it now runs from October 1-November 4. We also saw a couple of similar questions, and I'll answer those two now:
1. Yes, you must have a smartphone to participate, as the RUN4GOOD App is the way Saucony tracks the miles.
2. No, the app doesn't work on a treadmill.
We love a good BOGO, and our partner Saucony might have just come up with the best free BOGO ever: fighting childhood obesity with the miles you run. It's the RUN4GOOD App, and, in case you didn't watch the video, here's how it works:
2. Press start when you begin your run. Run to your heart's content: fast, slow, far, not so much. It doesn't matter because every mile counts.
3. Press stop when you end your run. Your miles get added to a collective pile that helps an organization that, in some fashion, promotes running for youth.
Yep. Running For Good that simple and efficient. (Could somebody from the app development send a memo to organizers of our school fall festival that has about 40 games and requires a gazillion volunteers and prizes? Just kidding. Kind of.)
Anyway, some backstory: every month, Saucony picks an organization—typically a school, but not always—that promotes youth running and can benefit from a financial grant. (A quick aside: if you know of such an organization, here's the application info.)
Half of the grant is immediately given to the cause, but they have to earn the second half by racking up 10,000 cumulative miles in a month. Lutz Elementary Miles Club shot past their goal in September with a whopping 17,000+ miles, and in October, Creekside Middle School in Patterson, California, is up to bat. Creekside has a 100-mile club, which encourages students to run 100 miles over the course of a school year.
As we help Creekside get their full funding, Saucony and Another Mother Runner are going to up the ante a little. We are offering three combo prizes to three random mother runners who RUN4GOOD: a Saucony gift card (good for a pair of shoes, a sweet fall running jacket, a supportive new bra, or whatever one piece of running gear you need) and an AMR lifestyle tee of your choice.
How do you enter to win such a great prize?
1. You log at least 10 runs (of any length, but on separate days) via the RUN4GOOD app between October 1 and November 4.
2. Then you screenshot your history page(s) on your phone (example below) and email them to us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com by 5 EST on Sunday, November 7, 2013.
Don't worry: we'll remind you periodically through the month of October to RUN4GOOD and will call for your screenshotted runs on the 31st. We'll announce the random winners on November 11.
- My September runs I remembered to RUN4GOOD on. A few helpful tips: remember to start the run—I ran at least 6 more times, which I didn't record—and, more importantly, stop it. Believe it or not, I did not run 27 miles at 2:04 AM on Saturday the 7th. I did run 8.8 though, during my night Ragnar run. So maybe the app just tripled it because it was so badass to be running at 1 am. Or, more likely, I forgot to hit stop run.
The RUN4GOOD app has a bunch of other fun features, like rewarding you for certain milestones, sharing your runs if you choose, and allowing you to join a team. (Search for "Another Mother Runner" if you're interested, but joining the team isn't a prereq to be entered to win a prize.)
As far as we're concerned, we just want to see 10 runs from you in October/early November—and a whole lot of miles 4 GOOD.
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below. Otherwise, go all BOGO on us, mother runners!