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Run for Haiti, now through February 24th

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Image: RunForHaiti event website.

At 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 20, New York City will host a 4-mile walk/run race to raise money for its Haiti Relief Fund—yet the event is not limited to those who can make it to Central Park this weekend. A partnership between the New York Road Runners and MapMyRun.com will enable runners (and walkers) all over the world to participate virtually.

It’s pretty simple: you go to the event website, sign up, and pay the $30 entry fee (100% of which goes directly to the Relief Fund). Then you can use MapMyRun to select a 4-mile route that you’ll cover on any day between February 19th and 24th. Alternately, you could run a 4-mile course you already know, do 16 laps around a track (if you can find one that isn’t covered in snow), or run 4 miles on a treadmill. When you finish, you'll enter your time on the website and officially join the ranks of virtual finishers.


You might recognize this guy. Photo: Wikimedia

Elite runners from all over the world have pledged to participate. They include:

Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain), women’s world-record holder in the marathon

Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia), men’s world-record holder in the marathon

Bill Rodgers (United States), former American record-holder in the marathon

Grete Waitz (Norway), 1983 world champion in the marathon

Meb Keflezighi (United States), reigning NYC Marathon champ

Deena Kastor (United States), 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist

For all those marathoners, a 4-miler will be a breeze.  But it's not only distance runners who will be getting in on the action: Usain Bolt—whose homeland, Jamaica, is geographically closer to Haiti than Buffalo is to Cleveland—will also compete.

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