The Running Bug – billed as ‘the UK’s fastest-growing running website’ – has announced that it now has over 200,000 members in its online running community, and has launched a competition to celebrate.
The interactive running website has enjoyed considerable growth over the past six months, and, according to the team behind The Running Bug, it is fast on its way to becoming the leading running website in the UK. All 200,000 members have managed to upload over 140,000 ‘bugmiles’ which the company notes is equivalent to running around the world over five times!
To celebrate this landmark, The Running Bug has gathered up a prize bundle from some of the leading brand names in running. Worth over £650, prizes up for grabs include: Garmin Forerunner 15, A pair of men’s and women’s Salomon X-Scream shoes, a running outfit from PUMA, The Bare Access Trail shoes from Merrell, high performance socks from 1000 mile and CEP Compression plus ‘a mountain of nutrition’ from High5, Cliff, and Nordic Oil.
To be in with a chance of winning, runners need only enter their details and sign-up with a free membership. The competition closes midnight on 24 August.
The Running Bug notes that it is unique as it offers members an exclusive mix of social features, reviews, interactive tools and advice. Everything is centred on the ‘running community’ and the website is designed to support a social platform which members can enjoy and learn from.
Joe Mountain, Founder of The Running Bug is delighted with the continued growth and support of the Running Bug brand and online community. And he is equally as excited about the plans that he and the team have for the future.
Joe said, “At The Running Bug we aim to provide the support of a running community, using an online platform. We have sought to create a space in which runners can share and compare their running experiences, and learn more about the sport from an extensive and engaged network of experts and other like-minded runners.”
Despite such an assertively growing database, this ethos is something Joe insists will never change. He continued, “Even though we are growing every day, we always ensure that The Running Bug still retains the friendly, nurturing atmosphere we aimed to create when we first started. Everyone who uses our site has the opportunity to create their own profile and voice their own opinion. This is something that we will ensure never changes.”
The Running Bug launched in 2010, offering runners a niche alternative social network to Facebook and Twitter. The site offers a mixture of entertaining and informative content, events, reviews, forums, and social tools such as bugmiles where runners can log and share all their runs.
The Running Bug notes that it is now the second-biggest running site in the UK, experiencing traffic growth of over 150% year on year.
The Running Bug notes that it currently reaches over 250,000 monthly unique visitors who in turn generate around 2 million monthly page views. The site is aimed at the mass market, specifically beginner and regular runners.