2019 - Miles For Mind - KidsVirtual Run
In 2018 our inaugural Miles For Mind event was incredible!
There were over 1000 people putting in the miles to complete their challenge and inspiring others to do the same. We raised lots of money for Mind and more importantly, we raised an incredible amount of awareness of mental health using #MentalHealthMatters and through our community mental health blogs.
The 2019 Miles For Mind event is set to be even bigger and now we've decided to open up to children! There's no age limit of how old or young a child is classified as in our eyes and we recommend children are allowed to take part at their own free will without pressure to run or take part. We advise parental guidance where necessary for any children that take part in the event.
We have some great ideas and initiatives to bring people together even more, all in support of mental health awareness and in aid of the wonderful work that the charity Mind do. Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems and they won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Some of the key highlights for 2019 include:
- 100% of profits go to Mind
- Link your own fundraising page to out team page on JustGiving
- Kids can now take part!
Keep reading below for more details:
So, what do you need to know about the event we hear you say? Below we've answered a few questions:
When will the virtual run take place?
1st - 31st May 2019.
Why are we running it?
To bring people together to raise money & awareness for mental health through running. Mental Health Awareness week is 13th - 19th May, 2019, so we will be getting the running (and conversation) going throughout May.
How far do I have to run?
As far as you like! Simply run or walk and talk about mental health. We have set 7 minimum distance targets that you can challenge yourself to: 25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles, 100 miles, 125 miles, 150 miles and a whopping 200 miles! So whatever your ability, sign up and start clocking up the Miles For Mind, in support of mental health awareness.
How do I let you know I've hit my minimum distance goal?
At the end of May, sum up your miles via whatever method you collate them - Strava, Endomondo, Garmin etc (even old fashioned pen & paper) and drop us an email with a screenshot of your distance. At the end of the month, we will then happily send you your medal for supporting Miles For Mind.
We have a Strava group set up to track live mileage throughout the month which lets you see how others are getting on. Plus, you'll be able to share running hints and tips. You can join the group here now.
What do I get for completing the run?
Each person that completes their virtual run challenge will receive a specially designed Miles For Mind medal. Whether you complete a virtual race or road race, we know that having the medal to wear with pride for your efforts is important! Medals will be sent out in June.
How much does it cost to take part?
Each place in the virtual run is £13.95 and for every entrant, 100% of the profit will go to Mind.
Have a youngster that wants to get involved?
Got a youngster in the family that wants to take part? No problem! 2019 sees the first opportunity for kids to get involved and they can enter here.
For those that want to help fundraise, we will have setup a JustGiving page which means you can get your loved ones to sponsor you to help raise even more money for Mind. A link to the page is here.
NEW for 2019 - Team Fundraising on JustGiving.
Sign up to Miles For Mind.... join our Team Fundraising page on JustGiving and if you raise over £500 yourself....we'll refund your entry fee! (limited to 50 fundraisers based on first pass the £500 target). Link to Team Fundraising page is here.
Let's start running... and start the conversation.
As always, we'll be on social media chatting, supporting and helping to inspire one another throughout May. We’ll be using #runr and #MilesForMind on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, so if you want to get involved then tag us or use the hashtags mentioned.
For more information on anything about the virtual run, head to our FAQs page where we hope to have the answer to any questions you have. Alternately, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.
Happy running and be proud to be a runr.