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Get fit, lose weight, log miles for a most worthy cause

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Need some extra incentive to work off those excess summer pounds? In September, you'll have a great one. Runners, walkers and bikers can take part in Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride to raise the profile of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to collectively move one million miles to help children beat the deadly disease.

Log miles, get fit and raise funds

Anyone can participate in this fun, free, virtual event organized by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. To participate, simply sign up online and log every mile that you walk, run or bike. You can also build a team, raise awareness with theme t-shirts or raise funds to help fund children's cancer research and help kids suffering from cancer.

If you don't want to manually log your miles, you can use MapMyFitness to sync your miles online. Individuals and teams who participate can log as many or as few miles as their ability level allows. Every mile will count toward the larger goal. For those wishing to push themselves to reach 100 miles throughout the month, individuals will need to average 3-4 miles a day, while teams can split up the 100 miles. For instance, a group of 4 employees can walk a mile at lunch every day and easily reach their goal.

Not sure how you will meet your own personal mileage goal? Event organizers provide some creative ideas.

"Parents can walk their children to school each day, logging one mile each way; families can walk to Friday night dinners and back; instead of taking public transportation, individuals can run or bike to work or evening outings. The possibilities are endless, with each step being counted toward the ultimate goal of logging one million miles, and more importantly raising vital awareness of the number one killer of children under the age of 15 in the United States."

Set a September fitness goal

In addition to your charity goal, set a fitness goal for yourself as well. Walking is a great way to walk off the weight you gained during summer barbecues and beach parties. If you are already a walker, why not log a few miles doing walk/run intervals? You'll burn more calories and boost your metabolism. If you're already a runner, log your miles on a bike. The crosstraining benefits are endless and September is a great month to see the Twin Cities on two wheels.

Use these resources to set and reach your fall fitness goals.

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