So here we are! I am very proud to announce the Second Annual Kiss My Shamrocks Virtual 5K!
Please refer to this insanely helpful FAQ:
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A VIRTUAL RACE, ANYWAY?
Ok, so here’s the deal. A virtual race is a race just like any other, except there’s no “official race location”. You register and then you run during the designated race weekend: when you want, where you want; and then just submit the results when you’re done (on the convenient online form that I’ll send out). All the results will be compiled and sent out to all participants after the race is over. Any pictures or stories to accompany your official time are encouraged as well!
WHEN IS IT?:
The official race (long) weekend starting on St. Paddy’s Day. So Thursday, March 17 thru Sunday, March 20.
WHAT DO I DO?:
Like I said above, in order to participate, all you need to do is register for the race, run it at any point during the long weekend of March 17-20, and then submit your results on the convenient form I will share with all participants. (Along with any pictures or stories about the experience you’d like to share)
WHAT DO I GET/ WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?:
Every race participant gets an official Kiss My Shamrock finisher’s medal. That, plus the satisfaction of knowing that the vast majority of your entry fee is being donated directly to charity; so all your sweat and effort is not only doing you good, but others as well.
IS THAT ALL?:
No it’s not! All entries also get entered into a random drawing to win some pretty awesome prizes! See the complete list of giveaways below. I know I’m biased, but I think they are some pretty badass prizes.
SO HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
All this for low low price of $25!
HOW DO I SIGN UP?:
All you need to do is click on the “Register Now” button above. It links directly to Paypal, to guarantee that the transaction is safe and secure for you.
WHAT IF I CAN’T RUN, BUT WANT TO DONATE ANYWAY?
Well thank you! And we have a button for that too! If you want to donate but not run in the race, please click on the “Donate Now” button below. It will take you to a PayPal screen that will allow you to choose the amount you would like to donate and allow you to do it safely.
WHAT IS THIS FOR, ANYWAY?:
All monetary profits from this race will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society through their DetermiNation program. See below for a more detailed explanation of what’s going on here…
This race is going to be used as a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society and Charity Miles.
For the fourth year in a row now, I have created a charity team to run The Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia (this year it is being held on Sunday, May 3rd)
We are “The Low And Slow Team”…or LAST for short: a team of 67 runners who all signed up to run Broad Street in 2016 . This is the largest 10 mile race in the country. Rather than just register for the race and run it, we are using this opportunity to link up with the American Cancer Society and use this as a fundraiser as well (The official charity partner of the race). We have joined their DetermiNation program, And have set an initial team goal of $50,000 to be raised between the group of us running. We want to challenge ourselves by running the race, and also to give a little back at the same time. We are dedicated to meeting -and with any luck, surpassing- our initial goal of funds to be donated to this worthwhile cause. Cancer is a horrible and far reaching disease that continues to impact countless people, odds are you or someone you know has to deal with this reality. We are just trying to do our part and help fix that as best we can.
To further prove my point about really getting on board with the charitable efforts, we are also partnering up with Charity Miles, and I could not be more excited about it.
Let me explain. Charity Miles is a free iPhone/android smartphone app that uses your phone’s gps to track your run/walk/bike ride. This NYC based company is dedicated to raising money to be donated to charity, at the rate of $0.25/ mile run (or walked) They have secured corporate partners who are willing to donate money to any one of a multitude of “approved charities’ (identified in the app) based on the amount of miles run/walked/biked. They designed the app specifically to track everything and keep it all legit. I discovered them about a year ago and have been using the app ever since. I love it and the fact that A.) it does not cost me anything to use it and B.) even though it’s free, it still puts me in a position to raise funds for charity and make a difference. I know I don’t give it full justice, but suffice it to say this is a way to leverage the running you will be out there doing anyway to generate some funds and make a real impact. You can find their main website HERE. We are strongly encouraging all of the Kiss My Shamrocks Virtual 5K participants to use it while they run the race. Instead of getting only my miles for the run, if we can get everybody’s miles it can add up quickly and make a huge difference.
I hope you consider running with us.
Feel free to contact me with any questions: bigandysrunning@
Here are the companies providing giveaways we have thus far (I’m working hard to add some more as we speak, as more get added I’ll post them up here):