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TECHNOLOGY TIPS - JOIN THE EARTHATHON MOVEMENT

Each day I see many people running, walking or hiking by the lake for health, for training or simply for the love of it. Imagine now that they (or you) could sign up for a 25,000-mile relay. Earthathon is a way for you to join a team virtually and participate.

Since running tends to be a solitary sport, this allows you to join a team and compete as part of a community. The overall goal of the group is to help others reach their fitness goals. For 2015 there are a total of 10 teams participating. It is free to sign up or you can pay the annual fee of $30 to help support the running of the site.

As an individual you'll sign up to track your mileage. Once you sign up you also join a team. All members tweet their miles (or km) using the designated hashtag #earthathon. One lap around the earth is approximately 25,000 miles. Though there are place rankings, your participation does not stop there. Once your team completes their lap, your mileage will be added to the next team so that a total of 250,000 miles will be completed. The purpose of tracking statistics is so that you can see what you contributed to the relay in mileage and percentage of actual earth covered.

This is an international movement and there are virtual rewards for all who get involved. Participation is awarded with the earthathon medal for 26.2 miles, bronze medal for 131 miles, silver medal for 262 medals and a gold medal for 524 miles. "Earthathoners" encourage, congratulate and encourage each other from across the globe. Since the goal is to help people reach their goals, there is no minimum distance. The organizers request that you record your distances to the nearest 0.1 mile as that is how data is collated.

If you're already moving, why not join the fun?

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 7:28 AM by Dean's Team
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