The Cause: The New Year Run Challenge on January 1 combines “everything we want to embody at Fleet Feet Mechanicsburg: a fun event that’s community-oriented, active, charitable, and starts the year off with a goal,” says Fred Joslyn, shop co-owner.
This race is a free event designed to inspire runners to start the new year by running! Runners set their own race goals by running however many laps of a 2.2-mile loop they choose. And runners are welcome to purchase New Year Run Challenge shirts and/or to make donations, with all proceeds benefitting the running shop’s annual outreach trip to India. Every May, Joslyn and a handful of volunteers travel to India to teach a running clinic and provide shoes and socks to impoverished children. The trip is about much more than actual running–it uses running to illustrate how to set and achieve goals. By the end of the camp, the children complete their first 5K! Read more about the program, here.
I decided several weeks ago to set a goal of running 20 miles to kick off 2020! That translates to 9 laps of 2.2 miles plus another .2 to equal 20 miles.
It’s about challenging yourself to start the year off on the right foot–no pun intended!