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If you are looking for a way to stay accountable this Fall 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 beautiful custom-designed race medal. Please read through everything carefully before registering to avoid confusion, disappointment etc.
The challenge will begin on 9/1 and "runs" through 10/31 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 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 increase $1 each day starting on 8/15 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 9/1 will be $45 and registration will close on Sunday 9/11.
SWAG: Participants will receive a custom gender-specific tank or t-shirt with their entry fee. All shirts will be available for pickup (or to ship, if selected) starting on Monday 9/19. For those who select shipping ($7 fee), we are going to mail the shirts at the beginning of the challenge this year (the week of 9/19) and medals at the end of the challenge (if earned). Medals will be available for pickup or mailing on or around November 1 (additional communication to follow). Images of all shirts can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page. The shirts run very true to size and there really isn't any need to size up. The image of the medal will be released shortly as soon as it is ready, but you already know that it will be amazing!
You can expect to receive your first communication from us on Tuesday, August 30th (or within 48 hours of registering if registering after 8/30) with the specifics on how to log your tasks into Run Signup, additional info on sharing in the Facebook group, details on the local pickup, and more. Please be patient and wait for this email. There is really nothing you can do before 9/1 anyway, other than map out your plan of attack. If you don't check your email or register with an email that you don't regularly check, you will miss important communications about the challenge. Important communications will also be posted in our private Facebook group, which can be found here. Please request to join once you are registered.
Please note that we have discovered an issue with Hotmail where they are blocking our emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a Hotmail account, you can follow the below steps to receive our pre-race emails (or you should associate a different email address with your RSU account):
- Log into the WEB version of Hotmail (won't work on the app)
- Click on "Settings" then "Mail" then "Junkman" to view the safe and blocked lists
- Add email@example.com and the domain @fleetfeetpoughkeepsie to the safe sender list
Tasks (Will be revealed 5 at a time starting on Monday, August 15th):
If you are registering before all tasks are revealed, you should be aware that nearly all of the tasks should be accessible by 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 previous challenges include: Run/walk past a brewery, complete a run/walk wearing a lei, take a picture of a flowering tree on a run/walk, complete a run/walk wearing suspenders and take a picture. These won't be making a reappearance but should give you a general 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 single task. To keep the challenge fair and fun for all participants, we won't be offering any badge alternatives!
Day 1 (8/15) Task/Badge Reveal:
Apple a Day Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk carrying an apple
Appropriate Layering Badge: Complete a run/walk wearing a jacket
Autumnal Equinox Badge: Complete a run/walk on the first day of Fall (9/22)
Black-Tie Optional Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk wearing a necktie.
Bleacher Creature Badge: Run/walk past bleachers
Day 2 (8/16) Task/Badge Reveal:
Bouncing Around Badge: Complete a run/walk where you pass a trampoline
BRF Badge: Complete a run/walk with someone else who is doing the challenge
Choking Hazard Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk holding a candy cane
Copycat Badge: Complete 2 runs/walks of the exact same distance during the challenge
Dead End Badge: Complete a run/walk on a road with no cross streets
Day 3 (8/17) Task/Badge Reveal:
Dirty Laundry Badge: Complete a run/walk with your shirt inside out
Double Dribble Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk bouncing a ball
Equestrian Badge: Take a picture of a horse during a run/walk
Everglades Badge: Take a picture of a swamp during a run/walk
Fallen In Love With Running Badge: Take a picture of a tree with no leaves during a run/walk
Day 4 (8/18) Task/Badge Reveal:
Figure 8 Badge: Take a picture of a rollerblader during a run/walk
Free Advertising Badge: Complete a run/walk in your Fall in Love with Running or other Fleet Feet shirt and take a photo
Haunted House Badge: Take a picture of Halloween decorations during a run/walk
Honey Bucket Badge: Take a picture of a porta potty on a run/walk
Hubba Bubba Badge: Complete a run/walk chewing gum on national chewing gum day (9/30)
Day 5 (8/19) Task/Badge Reveal:
I'm Cold Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk wearing a scarf on national scarf day (9/27)
Itchy Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk wearing a sweater
Jack-O-Lantern Badge: Take a picture of a carved pumpkin on a run/walk
Jaywalking Badge: Take a picture of a pedestrian crossing sign during a run/walk
Jet Lag Badge: Take a picture of an airplane during a run/walk
Day 6 (8/20) Task/Badge Reveal:
Just in Case Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk carrying a full roll of toilet paper
Marina Badge: Take a picture of a boat during a run/walk
Middle Finger Badge: Take a selfie after a run/walk holding up the number of fingers for the # of miles completed
Mismatch Badge: Complete a run/walk wearing 2 different socks
Night Gear Badge: Complete a run/walk outdoor after dark
Day 7 (8/21) Task/Badge Reveal:
Pigskin Badge: Run/walk past football practice or a football game
Run the Year Badge: Run/walk a total of 202.2 (or more) miles during the challenge
Savory Sweets Badge: Take a picture of a bakery during a run/walk
Scrabble Badge: Take a picture with a sign that contains the letters R, U & N during a run/walk
Snail Mail Badge: Take a picture of a USPS mailbox during a run/walk
Day 8 (8/22) Task/Badge Reveal:
Stage Fright Badge: Take a picture of a theater during a run/walk
Streaker Badge: Complete a run/walk every day for 7 straight days
Street Art Badge: Take a picture of graffiti during a run/walk
Swimmies Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk outdoors wearing a pool float
That's Cap Badge: Complete a run/walk wearing a hat
Day 9 (8/23) Task/Badge Reveal:
The Great Pumpkin Badge: Take a picture of a pumpkin patch during a run/walk
Tick-Tock Badge: Take a picture with an outdoor clock during a run/walk
Twinsies Badge: Take a picture with a car that is the same color as the shirt you are wearing during a run/walk
Water Under the Bridge Badge: Run/walk on or under a bridge
We're Not in Kansas Anymore Badge: Take a picture of a scarecrow during a run/walk
Day 10 (8/24) Task/Badge Reveal:
What's a Gourd Badge: Complete an outdoor run/walk carrying a mini pumpkin
Where's My Rake Badge: Take a picture of a leaf pile during a run/walk
Wishing Well Badge: Take a picture of a fountain during a run/walk
Worming Around Badge: Take a picture of worms during a run/walk
You Are Here Badge: Take a picture of a map or directory during a run/walk
The rules (please read everything before registering):
* All tasks must be completed between 9/1-10/31, tasks completed outside of the challenge window will not count. You can't start early!
* Running and walking counts
* All tasks should be completed during a run or walk of at least 1 mile.
* While you CAN complete multiple badges during a single run or walk, you will need to do a mile for each badge you are marking off. So if you are marking off 3 badges, your run/walk will need to be at least 3 miles. If you are marking off 10 badges, your run/walk will need to be at least 10 miles.
* All tasks must be marked complete in Run Signup to count, there are absolutely 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!
* PLEASE register with an email address that you regularly check, not your old 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. Please also see above note about hotmail emails.
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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