6 Reasons to Join Share the Run

Runners set out on a run.

With the holidays long gone but the cold still lingering, the dreary days of winter are upon us. In most parts of the country, it can be harder than ever to find the motivation to run when the roads are slick, the sky is gray and the trees are brown and barren.

Whether you’re an experienced runner aiming to increase your fitness or a newbie trying to build a running habit that sticks, we’ve got the perfect challenge for you. We’ve teamed up with Saucony and Black Girls RUN! to bring you the Share the Run Challenge, a four-week mileage challenge during February to help you set and reach your goals. Our collective goal is to walk or run 24,902 miles, enough distance to circle the entire planet.

The best part of Share the Run? You get to set your own mileage goal. All you have to do is set a distance from 20 miles or more that you’d like to run or walk for the month of February.

In case you’re not sold yet, here are six reasons to Share the Run with us this February.

1. Build healthy habits.

It’s no secret that building a regular walking or running habit has numerous health benefits. Walking and running regularly has been proven to improve cardiovascular fitness, boost your immune system, and can even reduce stress, among other things.

2. Receive encouragement and accountability.

In order to build healthy habits, a little bit of accountability goes a long way. Sure, we can hold ourselves accountable when setting and chasing down our goals, but extrinsic motivation will give you that extra boost you need when it’s cold and dark out and you simply don’t feel like getting out the door.

By tracking your progress on the Share the Run RunSignUp page, you can keep track of your progress and how you’re contributing to our overall goal of 24,902 miles.

A woman smiles wearing a Black Girls RUN! hat.

3. Support a good cause.

Registration for Share the Run is free, but every participant has the option to donate to Black Girls RUN! when signing up. Black Girls RUN! provides resources for both amateur and experienced runners, as well as anyone who wants to get in shape. They offer 5K training programs and group runs, as well as motivation and support, and they have chapters across the country.

4. Teamwork makes the dreamwork.

Research shows that running with a group can make you happier. All the more reason to join your local Fleet Feet Team! When signing up, click “yes” when asked if you want to join or create a team. After signing a waiver, the screen will display a drop down menu of the teams you can join. Scroll through until you find your local Fleet Feet–every store or market will have one. In-store events will vary, so be sure to check with your local Fleet Feet.

A group of runners smile as they stretch together after a run.

5. Enter to win giveaways.

Who doesn’t love a giveaway? By logging your miles on the RunSignUp page, you’ll automatically be entered to win two giveaways hosted by Alexander on February 9th and 16th. Be sure to keep an eye on your email, where you’ll be notified if you win.

Keep your eye on our official Fleet Feet instagram page, too, for a chance to win a new pair of the Saucony Ride 17.

6. Earn a Fleet Feet Reward!

Logged all your miles? Celebrate your accomplishment by treating yourself at your local Fleet Feet or online at fleetfeet.com. All finishers will receive a $10 off $50 coupon for completing their goal. Treat yourself to running essentials like moisture-wicking socks, lightweight performance apparel, a fresh pair of running shoes, or whatever your heart—and feet—desire.

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