Walk for Change | A Virtual Walk-a-Thon

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Join Cambridge Athletic Club for a Special Monthly Challenge: a virtual walk-a-thon benefiting Black Lives Matter Boston.

About this Event

Create a team of 6, or join as a Free Agent. Each team will try to walk/run 100 miles throughout the month of August. Because this is a virtual event, you can complete your miles on YOUR time, wherever you'd like! Whether your spot is along the Charles River, through your neighborhood, or on the treadmill, every mile counts.

Tickets are provided with the option for a sliding-scale donation. We don't want fitness to have a barrier to entrance, so you are welcome to donate as little or as much as you'd like (suggested $25.) Proceeds benefit the local Boston chapter of Black Lives Matter.

All contestants will receive:

  • a PDF of your personalized bib at sign-up
  • a snazzy medal upon completion
  • support from the BELONG by CAC group

Extra rewards to follow for the Team with the most miles walked, and most money raised!

"Completion" is on the honor system- we'd love to see any selfies, MapMyWalks, etc, but not required! We will have local medal pick-ups, and attempt to mail out any of those who cannot travel to Cambridge, MA.

(You do not need to be a CAC member to join. Friends, family, anyone interested etc. are encouraged to sign-up.)

FAQ

What's a virtual walk-a-thon?

It's a walk-a-thon- just not in-person on a single day! Because this is a virtual event, you can complete your miles on YOUR time, wherever you'd like. Whether your spot is along the Charles River, through your neighborhood, or on the treadmill, every mile counts. It can be done anywhere, on any schedule, over the course of August. Time's don't matter, just focus on getting to the Team Goal of 100 miles.

How do I make a team?

Teams can be up to SIX people. Whoever deems themself Team Captain can name the group. Grab some teammates from amongst your friends, workplace, local D&D group- wherever. All are welcome! When registering, you'll be able to search for the team names on Eventbrite.

If you want to find some teammates, you can join the BELONG by CAC Facebook group. We'll have a thread up to help you find people to work with. 

If that's too much work, just Register for the walk-a-thon as a "Free Agent." (Click "Register as an Individual" on Eventbrite.)

** You don't need to walk/run with your team for your miles to count. Just cheer eachother on!**

How do I/my team register for the walk-a-thon?

Each Team Member should register here, on Eventbrite. Follow the prompts to sign-up and donate. If you know your team, you can either search the team name, or create your own. If you want to be added to a random team, just register as an "Individual" and we'll assign you to one with open spots!

(Suggested donation is $25, but whatever you can do is wonderful! We know it's a tough time and don't want money to be a barrier to fitness.) 

Then what do we do?

Teams should aim to hit 100 collective miles over the month (~17 miles/team member.) So, between August 1st and August 31st, you can run or walk, or swim, or hop! At YOUR pace, on YOUR time. Logging your miles will be based on an honor system, but, if possible, track your race with MapMyWalk, Fitbit, or another GPS-tracking app that will confirm your mileage. Cheer eachother on, post selfies, and encourage your friends to donate to your team.

What is Black Lives Matter Boston?

"Black Lives Matter Boston remains committed to being active in the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and it’s broad mission platform. BLM Boston centers work against racist policing and police violence, abolishing mass incarceration, economic disparities  and factors that allow the school to prison pipeline to exist.

BLM - Boston’s mission is to organize and build Black power in Boston and across the country. Some examples of this is to galvanize our communities to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people. To support the development of new Black leaders, as well as create a network where Black people feel empowered to determine our destinies in our communities."

- BLM Boston Philosophy

Do you have more resources about BLM?

What is Systemic Racism? Video Series

Scaffolded Anti-Racism Resources for White Allies

Action List by BLM

Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

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