With "social distancing" the norm for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be fun to have a virtual event of sorts on the trails. As you know Steep Endurance puts on events at some amazing preserves, parks, land trusts, and even farms here in CT. Running trails is simply a great way to decompress and distract from daily life in this current environment that we are experiencing. The Steep Endurance COVID-19K Trail Challenge or the Coronavirus Outdoor Virtual Independent Diversion is a great way to do this!
Here's the skinny on the virtual event. Go find either the most beautiful and/or difficult 19K (11.8 miles) of trail near you or you can drive a bit if you like. Try to explore some trails that you haven't before, some trails that are less traveled. Get out of your comfort zone a bit and be one with the trail. Have a little fun with this run! The idea is for each runner to run "solo" and self supported, complying with the social distancing requests. In order to help support those in need in this crazy world we live in right now, a significant portion of the proceeds will go to the Connecticut Food Bank. Founded in 1982 in New Haven, Connecticut Food Bank partners with food retailers, growers, donors, and volunteers to source food and distribute it through a network of community-based programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential programs, and day programs that serve adults and children, as well through our Mobile Pantry, GROW Truck and Child Hunger Impact Program (CHIP). Connecticut Food Bank provides food to hungry adults and children in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties. Nearly 270,000 people in our service area are food insecure; more than 79,000 children struggle with hunger.
What Do you GET?
Each runner will receive:
A portable Steep Endurance logo hydration cup made by Hydrapak.
A custom designed medal from Ragged Cuts.
Online discount coupons to sponsors of Steep Endurance races.
The opportunity to run a course that you design.
Each participant that finishes their 19K run will receive 25% off ONE Steep Endurance race of their choice through the end of 2020.
We will also be giving away a prize to the most adventurous 19K run to both male and female plus some prizes (in a random drawing) from some of our sponsors too!
Run a 19K trail distance of your choosing. It can be single track, double track, rail trails, technical trails, rocky trails, or even power line trails. Run a point to point, a loop, or an out and back. It is up to you!
Each runner will record their route/time via GPS that they run through either a Strava or Garmin Connect link. If you are reporting through Strava, you must record as a "race" to get an accurate time. Both Strava and Garmin Connect also have apps that you could use on your phone to record the time.
We want to hear about your run when you do it! Share your epic solo run with us by submitting your GPS link to this event Google Spreadsheeet. This link for the spreadsheet will be updated here by April 1 >>>> Steep Endurance COVID-19K Trail Challenge. You can also email your GPS link to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure it gets on the spreadsheet.
Share your run on by tagging @steependurance, or use the hashtags #steependuranceCOVID19KTrailChallenge and #steependurance on Facebook/Instagram. We will highlight your experience and re-post for others to see too!
Please also join the Steep Endurance Strava Club at the orange Strava logo below and label your run the Steep Endurance COVID-19K Trail Challenge when you complete it.
This event is a virtual, self-supported event. Please bring enough water and nutrition for your solo run.
You may start your run anytime starting April 1. All runs must be completed by April 30.
Try to choose trails that are not as well traveled by others.
Please bring a cell phone for safety.
Carry in...Carry out! Any thing you bring with you must be packed out. Do NOT litter on the trail.
Please respect others that are on the trail and keep your social distance as you will see hikers/runners/families depending on the time of day you are on the trails.
If you must use the bathroom, please try to do so very discreetly a good distance off the trail before returning to the trail.
Please check the weather before you decide to run and be prepared!