Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Not everybody was as lucky as I was this week. There are way too many people in New York and New Jersey (among other places) who have lost EVERYTHING. It will take years to rebuild. It’s so heartbreaking. I feel an overwhelming desire to do whatever I can to help. I’ve collected some clothes and am trying to find somewhere to donate food and time. I just keep hearing that they need more money – which I don’t have much of! So, this is what Lora and I came up with to do our own little part…

Lora, who blogs over at Crazy Running Girl and lives in Brooklyn, and I want to help people in need in some way. Since we are somewhat useless right now with lack of public transit, we decided to follow our passion – running – to create a fun way for people to help.

And that’s how we came up with the Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross to help disaster recovery efforts on the East Coast. (Many, many thanks to Lora who created the fundraising page and organized pretty much everything!)

How to participate

  • Run a race of any distance during the month of November. There are TONS of fun holiday races this time of year so grab a friend (or two!) and sign up.
  • Register for the Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy here
  • Pledge your donation (a minimum donation of $10 requested) here. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Red Cross.
  • Run your race and tell us how you did! Make sure to send us pictures!
  • Then…you can win prizes!

Why you should participate

  • Help those in need by doing something that you love.
  • We will have AWESOME prizes from some of your favorite companies… just by participating, you will have the chance to win some of these. You don’t want to miss out.
  • Did we mention that you’ll be helping those in need?
  • Extra motivation to train hard this holiday season (that way, you won’t feel too bad when you sign up for one… or three… cookie exchanges).
  • You’ll also help those in need.
  • There will be some awesome virtual swag… like a badge for you if you blog and a special bib that you can wear during your race to show your support.

Important Information

  • Register for the Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy Recovery HERE.
  • You can join anytime until November 30.  You must run your race by November 30 to be eligible for prizes and virtual swag bag goodies. We will announce prizes as we move forward!
  • Minimum donation is $10, you can donate more if you would like!
  • ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Red Cross. Let’s see how far we can run and how much we can raise!

Questions? Let us know! 

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    • November 5, 2012 / 8:03 pm

      For sure!!

      • Holly Neumann
        November 6, 2012 / 11:39 am

        Kara I am working on a story for the newspaper I work for, back in Wisconsin where Lora is from. I would like some input from you about the virtual run for my article. If you could contact me that would be great. My name is Holly Neumann and my email address is THANKS!

  1. November 5, 2012 / 1:10 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    • November 5, 2012 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Corrie Anne!!

  2. November 5, 2012 / 3:34 am

    What an awesome idea! I’m registering for a Turkey Trot today so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

    • November 5, 2012 / 8:04 pm

      Yay!! Thank you and have fun!!

  3. November 5, 2012 / 9:54 am

    This is a great idea! When I saw this, I immediately added it to my post today. I’m going to start looking for a race now.

    • November 5, 2012 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks girl!! Let me know which race you pick out!

  4. November 5, 2012 / 9:55 am

    This is a great idea! I gave y’all a shout out on my post today and am going to start looking for a fun race!

    • November 5, 2012 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you, you rock!!!

  5. November 5, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    I signed up for a 10k last night and donated this morning! You two are awesome for doing this – everyone wants to help but its so hard to understand how when we’re so far away. Thanks for getting this going!

    • November 5, 2012 / 9:46 pm

      I hear ya – I’m in NJ and it’s still hard to get places to help without gas, and not to mention the flooded roadways. Thanks so much for the support especially when you’re far away!! Which 10K are you doing?!

      • November 19, 2012 / 5:25 pm

        Just finished the Turkey Trails near KC. It was a little chilly but I have a new PR! Thanks again for rallying the community! 😉

  6. November 5, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    Just registered and donated! The Philadelphia Marathon will be my real virtual race. Let’s GO! Thanks for letting us know about this, Kara. You rock and I’m sad you’re not running Philly, too :)

    • November 5, 2012 / 9:47 pm

      YAY thank you!! I’ll be running the half in Philly, see you there?!?!

  7. November 7, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    Hey, I ran a race on Nov. 3. Can I sign up now? Even though I already ran it, it was a half marathon and I won’t be running any more races this month due to a cruise vacation and Thanksgiving? Just wondering if I could sign up but use that as my race?

    • November 7, 2012 / 5:00 pm

      Of course, Amy!! Congrats on the race!!!! Woohoo!

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