Hug A Runner Virtual 5K, 10K, 13.1

Runners need hugs. Lots of them. Runners need “Congratulations Hugs” after crossing a finish line and “Good Luck Hugs” before the start. They need “Encouragement Hugs” when things do not go as planned or when injury interrupts critical training. Hugging a runner is the right thing to do. This is our mission.

Seven years ago we created a holiday called Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day or GO HARD. We encouraged runners to “Share the Sweat.” Before we knew it, runners were celebrating Hug A Runner Day all over the world!

This year we plan on raising 1 MILLION HUGS!  Our dream is to make November 20th the single biggest runner celebration on the planet. Will you help us?

Here is how it works

Step 1

Sign up for the virtual challenge and 5K, 10K, or 13.1. You can do just the challenge, just the race, or both! For less than the price of a burrito you can participate in the challenge and make a difference with Playworks!

Step 2

When you register we will send you a “Welcome Email” with the challenge guidelines, link to the Facebook group, customizable bib, and other instructions.

Step 3

Take the challenge! We will send you the challenge guide in your email. Earn as many points as you can in the Hug A Runner Challenge.

Step 4

Complete the Virtual Race. You can run, walk, or jog the 5K, 10K, or 13.1 anywhere you like and anytime between November 20th and November 30th.

Step 5

Enter your results for your 5K, 10K, or 13.1 by December 1st to win great prizes. We will draw some random prize winners from people who enter results.

Step 6

Bask in the glory of knowing you made a difference and helped support Playworks in their mission to “leverage the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health.”

Don’t forget!

Send as many hugs from this site as you can all month long!

More about Playworks

Our charity partner Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. In the 2017-2018 school year, Playworks will ensure 1 million kids at 2,000 schools in 23 U.S. cities experience safe and healthy play every day.

Playworks is changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school. They create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Their vision is for 3.5 million kids in 7,000 elementary schools nationwide to experience safe and healthy play every day by 2020.

100% of the registration proceeds go directly to them to support their mission!

How to Hug A Runner Video