For Everyone Who Misses #RunStreakPHL: A New Local Running Challenge to Try

Bonus: Your miles will go toward closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Like some rabbits need a carrot dangling in front of their face, some runners need a little motivation to get moving. Well, here’s your carrot: the Philly-based non-profit TechGirlz is challenging runners to compete in a nationwide running challenge. The pay-off? Your logged miles will go toward helping middle school girls across the country pursue their interest in tech by raising money to fund TechGirlz workshops and their TechShopz in a Box program. So if you’ve been slacking since #RunStreakPHL ended, time to get back in the saddle!

Here’s the deal: Every day from March 21st through April 30th, you’ll log the miles you run online. The miles of everyone participating will be combined with the goal of making it through a 9,000-mile virtual race course that goes through tech hubs across the country. Leaderboards of top runners and fundraisers will be updated daily, creating a bit of competition. You can also create teams and log your miles that way.

Registration for the challenge is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10. The main goal of the challenge is to help spread the word about TechGirlz (which you can learn more about here), so sharing your experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #TechGirlzRace is highly encouraged. That’s right: you now have an acceptable excuse to blow your feed up with workout posts. The event is open to anyone who wants to help the cause. You can check out a YouTube video that further explains the race challenge here and register here.

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