By now you’ve probably noticed the #earthathon medals artwork floating around on the internet. A little bling goes a long way, it has generated quite a bit of buzz. Here it is again in case you missed it.
First of all, it is very important for all #earthathon runners to know that the medals are “virtual”. If there is enough interest in purchasing an actual medal, I may consider working with a running medal company to have these custom made. But for now, these are “virtual” medals, and if in the future the medals do become available, I’ll do my best to let you know and you can consider whether or not to purchase. The #earthathon relay is free to join, and there is no obligation to buy medals or any other merchandise.
The goal of #earthathon is to motivate and promote better health and fitness. I want new runners in the #earthathon relay to have a fair chance to “earn” a medal. So, anyone who logs at least 26.2-miles gets a medal! For now, we will refer to this medal as the “earthathon medal”. This can be broken up any which way you want. Even if you go out walking 1-mile at a time for 25 days, and then run a blistering 1.2 mile finish on the 26th, you’ve earned it. It’s totally up to you.
Regarding the gold, silver, and bronze medals…well, this is a bit more competitive. But still it is difficult for late entries to “catch up” with runners who started in the first few weeks of the relay. After we finish, you will be able to see what position you ended up in. You can be proud of that statistic. For example you can say, that “I finished 15th in the earthathon relay for most miles”, or whatever the case may be. But as far as the medals are concerned, I think I will make these based upon effort, not your position relative to other runners. So here is what I’m thinking, and again it’s all based upon the marathon distance, 26.2-miles.
If you run 5x the “earthathon medal”, or the equivalent of 5 marathons, you receive an “earthathon bronze medal”. That’s 131-miles. (this is approximately 0.5% of the relay)
If you run 10x the “earthathon medal”, or the equivalent of 10 marathons, you receive an “earthathon silver medal”. That’s 262-miles. (this is approximately 1.0% of the relay)
If you run 20x the “earthathon medal”, or the equivalent of 20 marathons, you receive an “earthathon gold medal”. That’s 524-miles. (this is approximately 2.0% of the relay)
Everyone is on the honor system, so please don’t just decide one day to tweet “524 miles to #earthathon” just so you can get an “earthathon gold medal”.
And if the number of runners grows so fast during a relay event that these milestones simply cannot be met by any runners, I will adjust the medals to give out a minimum of 5 gold, 10 silver, and 15 bronze.
And remember, “it’s not a competition”. We are all on the same team! Everybody wins! Motivate each other. Go out of your way to make someone else’s day. Recognize their running accomplishments big or small. Show them a unique running team where everyone cares. That in my opinion is what #earthathon is all about.
Go Run :)