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December 21 - December 27

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We are excited to announce Winter Count 2020, a virtual run organized by Red Earth Running Company. Winter Count 2020 will be hosted from December 21-27. This virtual run coincides with the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere. It marks a seasonal shift when we will start to see more sunlight.  
Winter Count is inspired by our relatives from the Northern Plains. It is a nod to winter counts, which are time honored tools used by Native families and communities to record significant events that happen throughout a year. Winter Count, therefore, is an acknowledgment of the long-standing tradition of using a storytelling technique and art form to record and make meaning of events that happen throughout a year. 
This year has been significant. It marks a new decade. Globally, people are also experiencing a once in a lifetime pandemic. This worldwide event has shifted some of our ways of being and doing. In many places, it has also changed the way we gather and run. We organized Winter Count to gather (virtually), run, and mark this moment together.
Running is a universal language and art form too. It reminds us of who we are, where we come from, and the experiences that connect us. Winter Count is about keeping track of what's important and reflecting on the significant experiences and events that will serve as historical reminders of this time. It's also about remembering and learning from these moments so we can pass on the stories and lessons to the people that matter most.

How to Participate

Follow these simple steps to sign up, run with us, and mark this moment: 
  • Select your distance (1/2 marathon,10k, or 5k);
  • Register online before December 8 to get your Winter Count 2020 participant packet before race week;
  • Choose one day between December 21-27 to complete your run;
  • On your race day, track your run using a running app;
  • Share a picture using hashtags #WinterCount2020 #enduranceculture or tag us @redearthrunco; and
  • Upload your completed run to our race results page via online submission or email ( by December 27 Friday, January 1 at 11:59CST. 


Our virtual run week is from December 21-27. Select one day during the event week to complete your distance (half marathon, 10K, or 5K). Use a running app to track your run. Upload your recorded time/distance to our results page. As a reminder, you must submit your completed race results by December 27 Friday, January 1 at 11:59pm CST in order to be listed on the race results page. 


Winter Count is a virtual run. You can run, jog, or walk at any location. The course you choose is up to you. You can mark miles on a road, trail, or treadmill. Basically you get to run your own race, at your own pace, and on your own terms and schedule.


The virtual run is limited to 300 people. Registration is open until December 20 at midnight CST or until spots are filled.

What You Get

All registered runners will receive a participant packet that includes a custom Winter Count 2020 canvas tote bag, t-shirt, and bib. The t-shirt is made from a soft, tri-blend fabric and is offered in unisex sizing. More detailed information about sizes can be found at our sizing guide. We highly recommend viewing the sizing chart to order the correct t-shirt size. We do not offer exchanges due to sizing errors once they ship.


We are currently offering shipping to addresses in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Orders will ship via USPS. It's also important to note there could be potential shipping delays due to holiday mail in the US and COVID-19 globally. Orders will incur an additional shipping fee as follows:
  • United States: $6
  • Canada: $18.50
  • Australia: $23.00
  • United Kingdom: $25.50
Packets will be shipped in the order received. Participant packets for runners registered by December 8 will ship by the week of December 14. Participant packets for runners registering after December 8th will not ship until after race week beginning on December 28th. 

More Information

Information for Winter Count 2020 will be updated regularly as it becomes available. You can find updates for the event on this page. For additional questions and information not addressed on this site, please visit the Winter Count 2020 page or Frequently Asked Questions page at Red Earth Running Co.

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