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Making footsteps count: Relief Run on Strava raising money for Australian wildfire relief


The tragedies of the Australian wildfires have caught the world’s attention – leaving many looking for ways that they can help. In light of these devastating fires, Australian runners have teamed up to create a virtual half marathon and 5K via a Strava Challenge to raise money for relief efforts.

A release from Strava notes that ‘By spreading the word and using the power of our footsteps, we can support those in need.’

  • To participate, athletes join the Strava Challenge and pledge their run at Relief Run. The initiative was started by Samantha Gash, Melbourne-based ultramarathoner, in partnership with Strava.
  • Registration is AU$50, and 100% goes to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

The challenge starts on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:00am in each athlete’s local time zone and ends on January 19, 2020 at 11:59pm in the athlete’s local time zone.

Athletes can run or walk at least 5K during the challenge window and upload to Strava. All GPS runs, walks or wheelchair activities will count towards this challenge – including treadmill and manual entries.




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