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The Food Run challenge puts you in control of you! Designed to motivate you to move more, each challenge also provides you an opportunity to help feed those facing serious food insecurity in our community right now.
You can join a challenge anytime before its 6-week completion date, and you can also back date your miles as far as the start date at any time. We will also periodically launch additional “Waves” for each challenge, which will give you a new target completion date each time.
You can set your goal to move as few as five miles per week or challenge yourself to cover as many as 40 miles per week. As you cover your miles, our virtual challenge website totals up the distance you enter and tracks your progress for you.
1. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it, from wherever you are (run, walk, bike, swim, whatever!).
2. Connect and track your progress on our race page and share with your fellow participants on our facebook groups.
3. Get your limited edition Illinois Food Run Challenge T-Shirt and car magnet medal!
100% of All Donations support local food banks and hunger relief programs, to directly 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 more than double worldwide. Our goal is to raise One Million Dollars to support local hunger relief programs throughout North America. Each individual challenge supports regional food banks or hunger relief programs, all of which are listed on the challenge websites.
We have already raised over $9,500 and our UPDATED goal is to raise $20,000 in the Illinois to support local programs, including Feeding Illinois and the Beautiful Together.: Feeding Foster Youth program.
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.
Limited editions Illinois Food Run shirts are available in unisex and female (trim fit, runs small) sizes.
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.
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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