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Freedom! We could all use a little more these days, so we designed a challenge that puts you in control of you! This quarantine has seen people's activity levels skyrocket by 88%! That's amazing. These challenges are designed to motivate you to move more, while also providing you an opportunity to help feed those facing serious food insecurity right now.
You can join a challenge anytime before August 15th, but be warned that the later you join, the more miles you will need to average per day/week. (though you can back date any efforts you missed :).
You can set your goal to move as few as five miles per week or challenge yourself to cover as many as 20 miles per week. We will help you total up your distance and track your progress.
These challenges are simple:
1. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it, from wherever you are (run, walk, bike as few as 5 miles per week)!
2. Connect and track your progress on our race page, facebook group, or simply email us)!
3. Get your limited edition Illinois Food Run Challenge Softstyle T-shirt, car magnet medal, and digital finisher's certificate!
Donations support local food banks and hunger relief programs to help people who are in dire need of food. Before Covid-19, 1 in 9 Americans struggled with food insecurity. As a result of Covid-19, food insecurity is expected to double worldwide. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000 to support local programs with Feeding Illinois as the primary beneficiary. 100% of all donations go directly to selected charities.
Feeding Illinois is the association of eight Feeding America food banks that serve Illinois. Together, we provide food and other services to every county in Illinois through a vast network of member agencies and specialized feeding programs. One out of nine Illinois residents, including 1 in 6 children, struggle with hunger - which is staggering and unnecessary; and Feeding Illinois members play a critical role in responding to this need.
As the state association for food banks serving Illinois, we help unify strategies and pool resources to strengthen and support the food banks’ local efforts to eliminate hunger in Illinois. Through vast coordination and with relentless commitment, each food bank has identified the specific needs of their communities and has developed a comprehensive array of programs and services to combat food insecurity - both short-term and long-term. As 11% of Illinois residents awake every day uncertain of where or unable to access their next meal, Feeding Illinois members are working vigorously with a statewide network of more than 2,400 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies to distribute or serve over 190 million meals annually to those 1.4 million hungry neighbors across our state.
Back of T-shirt will proudly display your specific challenge!
Shirts will be Gilden Softstyle and will be gender-specific (the number on the back reflects the distance you will cover for your challenge).
Back of T-shirt will proudly display your specific challenge!
Shirts will be Gilden Softstyle and will be gender-specific AND challenge-specific (the number on the back reflects the distance you will cover for your challenge).
Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger. In the United States currently, one in nine people struggle with hunger.
One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Layoffs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. A global pandemic only heightens this vulnerability.
That’s why many working families, including thousands of households who don’t qualify for federal nutrition assistance, depend on the Feeding America network of food banks to help make ends meet during difficult times. The Feeding America network serves nearly every community in the United States, helping more than more than 40 million people — including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
This challenge is designed for anyone and everyone! With the challenge of covering as few as five miles a week, anyone in your family can participate. You can also encourage family members to join you, to help you achieve your goal. If you are running or walking more these days, then see if you can achieve the 90 -Mile Challenge (15 miles per week). And if you're really ready to push yourself, lock in the 120 Mile Challenge! You can run from anywhere to participate.
Your inherent reward is that you are improving yourself while supporting those in need of food. All challenges will also receive a Gilden Softstyle T-shirt - female-specfic or unisex, and challenge-specific. In addition, all will receive a 4x4inch Car Magnet Medal to proudly display your accomplishment. And each challenger will receive a virtual challenge bib that can be downloaded from the race page. We will also be promoting random prizes throughout the challenge to help make it more fun - and keep you more connected with other participants!
You can complete it any way you wish. You can walk, roll, run, spin - whatever makes you happy! And you can cover your miles any day, and in any way, that works for you - you could run/walk one day, bike a few days later, and hop the last day of the week.
You can start recording your miles for Wave One anytime from July 4th to August 15th. (AND you can backdate any miles if you register after July 4th :)
This challenge relies on the honor system. Though we encourage you to take photos of your watch, phone screen, treadmill, etc showing your results and/or activity.
These are the ways you can track and prove your accomplishment:
1. Join our Illinois Food Run Challenge Facebook Group - you can upload photos of your activity and also connect with other challengers.
Join The Illinois Food Run Challenge Facebook Group
2. www.IllinoisFoodRun.com - Submit your results straight through RESULTS page. (detailed instructions are below the FAQ's on this page)
100% of all donations will go directly to the selected charities. This challenge supports local food banks and hunger relief programs. We have provided the option to select one of the following charitable organizations serving Illinois - Feeding Illinois and Beautiful Together. Our initial goal is to raise $10,000.
We will start mailing out your swag the week after the event concludes. Please allow a couple of weeks for everything to get shipped!
You can track your progress by going to IllinoisFoodRun.com and click on the RESULTS link in the menu - it takes about 30 seconds :).
You can follow along below:
Click RESULTS from the main menu:
Click on the SUBMIT VIRTUAL RESULTS button:
Lookup yourself via your name or email/birthdate:
You will see your registration record (once logged in) and from there you can click to SUBMIT VIRTUAL RESULTS:
Finally, you can enter your distance - and since some people may take two walks or more than one run a day, you can enter multiple entries on the left and the box on the right will automatically sum them up and track them for you :)
Your cumulative progress will be viewable under the original RESULTS link once you start submitting activity:
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