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Join over 9,000 fellow challengers and experience North Carolina on an epic city-by-city expedition from Asheville to Wrightsville. Along the way, you will earn milestone badges for each major city in the Tar Heel State. Make no mistake, this challenge will test you! But don't fret, as we will motivate you along the way! All challengers receive a limited edition Blue Ridge to The Beach T-Shirt, a gorgeous Finisher's Medal and a custom Pre-Race Bib, as well as Live Map Tracking of your progress, a Challenger's Leaderboard, a digital Finisher's Certificate with your stats and access to our Challenger's Community on Facebook.
You will be able to see your progress along the route as you enter your mileage! Our live map tracking feature will even allow you to see where your fellow challengers are on the map compared to you - now that's some motivation! (see example below)
You can join a challenge anytime, and we will relaunch the challenge on the 1st of each month. You will have six months to complete the 475 miles.
You can set your goal to move as few as 18 miles per week or challenge yourself to cover as many as you can - be sure to pace yourself! We will help you total up your distance and track your progress with our online progress tracking platform.
These challenges are simple:
1. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it, from wherever you are (run, walk, bike as few as 18 miles per week)!
2. Connect and track your progress on our race page and facebook group!
3. Get your limited edition Blue Ridge to The Beach T-Shirt, Medal and more!
Donations support local North Carolina food banks and hunger relief programs to help people who are in dire need of food. Before Covid-19, 1 in 9 Americans struggled with food insecurity. As a result of Covid-19, food insecurity is expected to double worldwide. Our updated goal is to raise a $150,000 to support local programs, including Feeding The Carolinas, The Inter-faith Council for Social Service, and Table. In addition, you can choose to donate to support the Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary supporting animal welfare in North Carolina.
Asheville: Mile 0
Charlotte: Mile 117
Winston-Salem: Mile 200
Greensboro: Mile 230
Chapel Hill: Mile 278
Durham - Mile 290
Raleigh - Mile 314
Fayetteville - Mile 372
Wilmington - Mile 465
Wrightsville Beach: Mile 475 - THE FINISH LINE!
You will be able to see your progress along the route as you enter your mileage! Our live map tracking feature will even allow you to see where your fellow challengers are on the map compared to you - now that's some motivation!
Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger. In the United States currently one in nine people struggle with hunger.
One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Layoffs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. A global pandemic can dramatically heighten this vulnerability.
That’s why many working families, including thousands of households who don’t qualify for federal nutrition assistance, depend on the Feeding America network of food banks to help make ends meet during difficult times. The Feeding America network serves nearly every community in the United States, helping more than more than 40 million people — including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
This challenge is designed for anyone and everyone! With the challenge of covering as few as 18 miles a week, anyone in your family can participate. You can also encourage family members to join you to help you achieve your goal. You can run/bike/walk/swim from anywhere to participate.
Your inherent reward is that you are improving yourself while supporting those in need of food. All challenges will also receive a limited edition Blue Ridge to The Beach T-Shirt - unisex OR female-specific. In addition, all will receive a gorgeous Custom Medal to proudly display your accomplishment. And each challenger will receive a virtual challenge bib that can be downloaded from the race page, participation in an active leaderboard, live map tracking along our course and a digital finisher's certificate with all your stats! We will also be promoting random prizes throughout the challenge to help make it more fun - and keep you more connected with other participants!
We will process your race packets once every quarter. January-March will be sent in April. April-June will be sent in July. July-September will be sent in October and October-December will be sent in January.
You can complete it any way you wish. You can walk, roll, run, spin - whatever makes you happy! And you can cover your miles any day, and in any way, that best works for you.
You can start recording miles anytime after your wave begins and you will have six months in total to complete your challenge. But the later you start, the more challenging your challenge will be! Your event begins on the 7th of the month and lasts for 6 months.
This challenge relies on the honor system. We do encourage you to take photos of your watch, phone screen, treadmill, etc to share your results and/or activity on the Facebook Challengers' page.
These are the ways you can track and prove your accomplishment:
1. Go to BlueRidgetoBeach.com. Submit your activity updates via the RESULTS page.
Go to the "Results" tab on the Menu. At the top of the page, it will say "Post your Virtual Results". Hit the Blue "Submit Virtual Results" button. Search for you name and follow the steps!
2. Join our Blue Ridge to The Beach Facebook Group. You can upload photos of your activity and also connect with other challengers.
Join The Blue Ridge to The Beach Challenge Facebook Group
This challenge supports local food banks and hunger relief programs. We have provided the option to select one of the following charitable organizations: Feeding the Carolinas (which, in partnership with Feeding America, directly enables food banks across North Carolina), Inter-Faith Council for Social Justice, Table, and Beautiful Together. Proceeds from this challenge will go toward supporting these organizations.
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