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Run to the moon in this virtual relay

First, there was a virtual relay around the world, and now there's a race that takes participants into space and to the moon

The To The Moon Virtual Relay started on Monday, and participants have from now until July 5 to collectively log the 238,900 miles (384,472 kilometres) between the Earth and moon. The event is presented by iRunFar, and it’s free for anyone to enter. So far, more than 1,200 people have entered from dozens of countries. The event is free to enter, so there’s really no reason not to sign up, lace up and run up toward space and the moon.

An audacious goal

On the race signup page, the iRunFar team acknowledged that this is an “audacious challenge,” but they believe that “the power of the global running community” will help in the (literally) out-of-this-world relay. The event will last a week, and it’s quite similar to the inov-8 virtual relay from earlier in June. That challenge was called the inov-8 World Run, and the goal was to run 25,000 miles (40,233 kilometres) around the Earth. Just like the To The Moon Virtual Relay, participants in the World Run had seven days to complete the route, and they made it, but only just, completing the round-trip on the final day.

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As it stands right now, the 1,200 or so participants in the To The Moon Virtual Relay will need to run about 320 kilometres each in one week to make it to the moon before July 5. That’s a hefty week of running, and even seasoned ultrarunners would struggle to reach that quota (ultrarunning champion Mike Wardian has signed up for the relay, so that’s a big help). It doesn’t mean it can’t be done, though, and the more people who sign up for the run will make the goal more and more achievable.

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