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Sat, 1 Apr 2017, 06:00 – Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 20:00 BST
Run 26.2 miles in April Challenge
Get fit, focused and enjoy life-affirming runs with our next challenge, which is suitable for all levels of runners, whether you are just starting to run, have only run 5km or are someone who runs regularly.
All you have to do is run the equivalent of a marathon, 26.2 miles over the course of April 2017. Each run has to be done at sunrise or sunset** (please see below for definitions and time ranges) and you must take a running selfie and tag us and include the hashtag #girlsruntheworldrunrise or #girlsruntheworldrunset.
The twist is that the sunrise gets earlier as we progress through April (well, if you're in the Western Hempisphere) and the sunset gets later! Don't panic though, it doesn't have to be 'on the dot' of sunrise/set. The sky still has the beautiful glow of a sunrise for 10 minutes after and the sky at night often lights up in the most spectacular colours only after the sun goes down. All you have to do is show the kind of magical light that we associate with this time.
We are awarding a prize to the most inspiring picture taken for this challenge. Try to be inventive, rather than just taking a picture of your running watch and shoes. Try showing where you run, urban or wild, who you run with, what you see, how you look on your run. Be different. And don't forget to tag. #girlsruntheworldrunrise #girlsruntheworldrunset
PRIZE worth over £150
- Fitbit Charge
- Girls Run the World Hoodie
- Your choice of Buff from UK distributors, KitShack
- And a travel beauty bag from Victoria Green
FAQs & T&Cs
Can I run more than 26.2 miles?
Yes, you don't need to stick to only running 26.2 miles if your average monthly mileage is more than this. You will be deemed to have fulfilled the terms of the competition as soon as you have run 26.2 miles.
What is defined as sunrise or sunset?
As long as we can see the glow of a sunrise or sunset, that works. Even though the sun may rise at 6.30am for instance, the colours of that sunrise often light up the sky for at least 30 minutes. Same with the sunset.
Do I have to run everyday or a certain number of miles each day?
The beauty of this challenge, it is that it is suitable whether you're an experienced runnner or a beginner because you can break up 26.2 miles over the month however you like.
You could do a mile per day, and take one day off at weekends, or do 2 miles one day, 1 mile another and a Parkrun every week. Alternatively, if you like big runs, 2 x 13.1 miles, it's totally up to you. The only thing that you MUST do, is run at sunrise or sunset.
What day do I have to start?
You can start any day in April, not necessarily April 1st. But you must register by 23.30pm on Apri 1st.
Who is this challenge open to?
This competition is open to all women wherever they are in the world. Eventbrite only allows us to put one location but this is virtual. The more you get others involved the better so get sharing! But the prize is only open to those resident in Europse.
What if there is no sun that day?
There are 30 days to choose from in April, so within that time frame, you will manage to get plenty of sunsets and sunrises. Only include those pictures.
Where should I share my pictures?
Tag us either on Twitter @Grtwuk OR Instagram, @G_R_T_W and include the hashtag #girlsruntheworldrunrise or #girlsruntheworldrunset. Any other hashtag or variation of will not be accepted.
Do I also have to record my runs to prove I've done the distance?
Yes. You will need to join our club on Strava, Girls Run the World and record all your qualifying runs here. That way we can see your entire monthly mileage for April.
When will the winner be decided?
We will announce the winner within two weeks of the close of the competition. The judges decision will be final. The award with go to the picture over the course of the challenge that is the most inspiring and motivating, and which sums up the empowering spirit of a Girls Run the World runner. The prize can not be transferred or exchanged. Only those who have registered for the competition can win.