So here we are! I am very proud to announce the Second Annual Sub-30 Club Virtual Race Series!
REGISTRATION FOR ALL THE VARIOUS RACES IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTIPANTS.
Please refer to this insanely helpful FAQ:
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A VIRTUAL RACE, ANYWAY?
Ok, so here’s the deal. A “virtual” is a race just like any other, except there’s no official race location. You register for the race and then you run during the designated race weekend: when you want, where you want; and then just submit the results on the convenient online form when you’re done. 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 weekend is Thursday, October 15th thru Sunday, Oct. 18th.
WHAT DO I DO?:
Like I said above, in order to participate, all you need to do is register for the race or races you want, run at any point during the long weekend of 10/15 – 10/18, and then submit your results. (All the specific race details, along with a link to submit your results will be sent out to you with your registration confirmation…Along with an invite to submit 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 Sub-30 Club Medal (see picture below). That, plus the satisfaction of knowing that the vast majority of your entry fee is being donated directly to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital; 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 the low-low price of $20.00 for the first race, and $5 for each additional race!
HUH? I’M GOING TO NEED YOU TO EXPLAIN THAT ONE A LITTLE MORE…
Ok, so if you are running one race with us, the 5K for instance, it’ll run you $20. If you want to replicate one of the popular race combo options offered by Runner’s World at their Annual Half & Festival Weekend it will increase the entry fee.
So lets say you want to run the Hat Trick, which is a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon all in one weekend. That’s 3 races in total. $20 for the first race (5K), and then $5 each for the other two races (10K and The Half), bringing your entry fee up to $30. You with me?
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.
SO, WHAT’S THIS “SUB-30 CLUB” ANYWAY?
The Sub 30 Club is a running group started by Ted Spiker and hosted on Facebook. Ted writes The Big Guy Blog for Runner’s World. He uses it as a forum to share his fitness goals and journey to accomplish them. In April, 2012, Ted decided to take this a step further. He wanted to create a place where like-minded people with similar goals could meet to share those goals and cheer each other on to meeting them.
April 18th, 2012: “We’re going to do this together. Digitally, but still together. (Please, oh please,let there be five of us.) We may not win the race, but we’re going to win ours” Ted Spiker
In the span of three plus years the group has grown to over 3,400 members from all around the world. People from all walks of life with the same, simple goal of doing things they never thought they could while helping others do the same.
At Runner’s World Festival and Half 2014, Sub 30 Club had 69 registered participants. Not only were we the largest, but we were the most vocal as well. We have a saying in Sub 30: No Subber Left Behind. It’s a motto we take to heart and practice every day. Whatever we can do to help our fellow runners reach their goals we will do it. Almost a year later people are still commenting to members about seeing us on the course in our club shirts and what a positive presence we had at the event. Because of the feedback we have received we wanted to come back to this year’s event bigger and better. We currently have 127 people registered for at least one event over the weekend.
We also wanted to do more than just be a presence. We want to have an impact. And what better way to do that than to help raise money for St. Luke’s, the official charity for the event. This virtual race will allow those of us attending the event, as well as those Sub 30 Club members who are not able to attend the event, to do something wonderful that weekend.
Whether you’re a Sub 30 Club member or not, we will leave no person behind.
SO DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO RUN A 5K IN UNDER 30 MIN (SUB-30) TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CLUB?
To put it simply: No, you do not have to be able to run a Sub-30 5K to join us.
If you already can, awesome, join us. If you are not there yet, awesome, join us.
All you really have to do is:
1) Be a runner (of ANY capacity: 6 min/mile, 16 min/mile, whatever… runners are runners and we all have each other’s backs)
2) Be ready to engage in some conversations with some pretty great people. (the members of this group are pretty awesome, and from this one guy’s perspective, the people are where the value and attractiveness –and addictiveness?- of the group comes from. Any sort of info, from running basics, to shoes to nutrition to weight loss to whatever either has been brought up or will be welcomed and discussed by people who can offer sound advice and perspectives in a non-pretentious and supportive manner). We can be found at: “The Sub-30 Club (from RW Big Guy Blog)”
DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE SUB-30 CLUB TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE RACES?
No. But one of the functions of this race is to help spread the word about our amazing group and bring in some more like-minded members. If that’s you, check us out, I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did…and even if you are not the “facebook running group” type of person, that’s fine. You are still more than welcome to participate, because the primary reason that we are running this race is to raise money for charity. Which leads me to my next question:
WHY EXACTLY ARE YOU DOING THIS? WHO ARE THE RACE PROFITS BENEFITING? ?
We are doing this to benefit the official race partner of the Runner’s World Half Marathon, St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Healthy Kids
(excerpt of information taken directly from the Runner’s World Half website)
St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Healthy Kids- Bright Futures is excited to be the official charity partner of the 4th Annual Runner’s World Half & Festival.
Our goal is for all children to have healthy lives and bright futures. Therefore, all funds raised through your contributions will benefit youth health initiatives within St. Luke’s region of care. These community programs and initiatives include:
The HealthStar Mobile Youth Clinic Program – providing medical, dental, and vision services to underserved youth communities.
Community Health Centers – providing health care programs within area elementary school and in-patient pediatric health programs.
KidsCare Centers – providing care to children without insurance.
Reading Rocks – promoting the love of reading and success in school.
Get Your Tail on the Trail and Live Your Life – encouraging health and wellness, as well as balanced nutrition.
Every dollar you contribute to St. Luke’s Healthy Kids – Bright Futures makes a difference! Take a look at how your donation makes an impact in St. Luke’s youth health and wellness programs:
A $5 donation provides a toothbrush and toothpaste to a child who doesn’t have them.
A $10 donation provides books to encourage the love of reading.
A $15 donation provides healthy after school snacks during the Reading Rocks program.
A $20 donation provides dental sealants to prevent cavities.
A $25 donation provides a backpack filled with school supplies.
A $100 donation provides a vision screening and eyeglasses to a child in need.
To give you an idea of what we are looking to do here, we are setting our initial goal to reach a donation of $2,959 (or 29:59…sub-30…see what i did there?)
…that’s an awful lot of toothbrushes.
WHO IS CHARITY MILES AND HOW DO THEY FACTOR INTO ALL OF THIS?
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 (Charity Miles) is dedicated to raising money to be donated to charity, at the rate of $0.25/ mile walked or run and $0.10/mile biked. They have secured 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 several years 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 love donating other people’s money.(ha) 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 Sub-30 Virtual race participants to use it while they run the race. Instead of getting only my race miles, if we can get everybody’s miles it can add up quick and make a huge difference.
**There are a multitude of charities to select to receive the donations from your miles, but we as the Race Directors are suggesting Stand Up 2 Cancer. The fight against cancer has been brought to our doorstep on several occasions now as a group and we have sadly had too many reasons to support this in every way we can. This does not diminish the value of any of the other options, and you are free to choose whichever you wish, but every little bit helps and we are looking to have a big impact with this event.
I hope you consider running with us for some of our virtual races..
Feel free to contact us with any questions:
Here are the fine companies providing the 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)- Each Logo links to the website.
Author/ Runner’s World Editor/ All-Around Good Guy