One of the R4TW goals is to accumulate 40,000 KM on the global day so if you’re organising an event why not set the challenge to participants to contribute to the global total by running as far as they can in the designated time zone hour from 10am-11am – local time. Of course you can also do this on your own or with friends.
This year we are organising an event in each of the major time zones. The goal for the Global Day for all R4TW Run and Ride events is to accumulate a grand total of at least 40,000 KM, which is the distance around the world. Although travelling around the whole world in one day is impossible for one person to accomplish, it is possible when we unite together. The kilometers that each person covers during their local R4TW event will be counted towards this goal.
Example Checklist for 1-Hour Challenge Running Event
- Form a small organising team who will help you and create a wider network.
- Register the event on the R4TW website. We will then put your location on the map!
- Decide on a location and plan the route —a local park is a good idea because it is usually traffic-free although because measuring distance accurately is important then you may need a measuring wheel or perhaps a running track works better. Phone apps for measuring distance are quite accurate these days also. Click here for our favourite phone apps
- You could even do this indoors in particularly hot or cold countries. Check that there are no other events scheduled that day in the same place. Ideally find somewhere near a car park, toilets and refreshments. Try to find a flat or undulating course avoiding steep sections.
- Make fliers and posters and get the message out through email, Facebook and word of mouth – try to invite leaders or organisers involved in networks that can invite their people along e.g. schools, churches, community groups, businesses and charities.
- Devise a team challenge for sports teams, schools, churches or corporate groups.
- Plan a budget if you need one and decide if you need to charge fees. Also decide if you are providing T-shirts, prizes or goody bags. Local business may be willing to sponsor you for a good cause and for positive publicity.
- Create a registration process or just allow people to turn up on the day.
- If you are fundraising for a cause or project you will need to create a fundraising process such as sponsor forms or online giving. Ideally make sure the funds go through a registered charity.
- Mark the course clearly with distance markers at least every 1 KM and develop a system so participants can record their total distances achieved.
- Consider the following important issues – first aid cover, insurance, safety through risk assessment, communication on the day, possible weather contingencies, marshals around the course, route markers.
- On the day, link in and contribute to our text and web updates to see how you are contributing to the global event, recording the distances people achieve. We will email you as the organiser about this.
- Encourage anyone to join in not just athletes – anyone can walk, jog or run in the hour.
- Be sure to emphasise the progress of the baton around the world as well as the accumulated distances so participants see how they have contributed to the whole.
Remember…even if you run on your own you can still register and represent your city and country!!