From February through April 21, I ran as a participant in the Boston Marathon World Run. I teamed up with a friend from Guatemala on GottaRunGT team. I pledged to try to run/walk at least 485 miles (yes, the walking miles counted). I reached that distance about a week before the Boston Marathon, realizing I should have set my goal for 500 miles. (With my vivofit, I see I am significantly undercounting/underestimating my daily walking miles). Upon reaching this distance, I simply had to log the distance in my BMWR app on my iphone. However, there was a strange issue of having to log out with “exactly your pledged distance, no more”. So finding the precise distance, I logged out precisely at 485.0. I also pledged a small donation to the Boston One Fund as part of this World Run effort. Then my phone showed me the finisher badge and app and I printed the certificate. I think we receive Boston Marathon World Run special medals but it will probably take them a while to get those to all 13,016 participants. We raised $29,020 for the One Fund collectively and pledged to run/walk 740,185 miles. My team, GottaRunGT, ran/walked 3551 of our pledged 5000 km.
We all became, in our own small way, global ambassadors for the Boston Marathon. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you have a fitness tracker like vivofit or Fitbit to track your daily mileage (or even a pedometer). It’s challenging but fun, it’s rewarding, and it’s for a good cause.