Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2023 08:52
After the success in 2021 and 2022, Run for the Trees (RFTT) is back for it's third year, taking place throughout the entirety of February 2023.
Run for the Trees is a fun, personal challenge event for runners and walkers alike, to keep you active as the novelty of the New Year begins to wear off. This challenge can be completed anywhere and leaves a positive footprint on the planet as the more miles people cover, the more trees will be planted (1 tree will be dedicated in the National Forest for every 200 miles the collective participants cover).
Since 2020, 968 participants have run, hiked or walked a total of 88,172 miles (141,899 km) achieving 440 new trees for the National Forest.
How it works
There are 4 levels to choose from plus, for the very ambitious, the option of trying to achieve the 'RUN-FOREST GRAND SLAM'.
Each of the levels has a mileage target for you to aim for during the 28 days of the event (50, 100 or 200 miles), which can be completed by running, walking or a mix of both. More details about the differing levels can be found here. There are also ten virtual races forming the Forest Race series that you can take part in as you accumulate your mileage. These virtual races can be completed from any location.
If you achieve your target distance over the 28 days you'll receive a specially made coaster crafted locally from sustainable wood. Plus you can compete for other prizes in various categories, including - but not limited to - the best performances in the virtual race series.
Part of your entry fee will go towards planting new trees in the National Forest, providing a legacy of more green space for our community to enjoy and a positive environmental impact. The more miles that are covered during the event, the bigger the area of new forest we create.
As well as the above, all participants will receive a 20% discount voucher from the Derby Runner.
Source and Image: Peak Running
More information: https://www.peakrunning.co.uk/runforthetrees