Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum is marking the occasion by partnering with Strava to create a 50-mile run challenge. It starts today.
The challenge is called Race to the Moon and involves running 50 miles in 50 days (June 1 to July 20). The challenge is ideal for those who are new to running and running veterans alike–many of whom remember that historic day, July 20, 1969, when they, along with millions of others around the world, were glued to their TV sets as Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind.
The challenge already has 47,854 participants and 137,098 miles (220,728K).
Here’s Strava’s description of the challenge:
“In July 1969, three American astronauts traveled nearly a quarter-million miles to the Moon–all we need you to do is run 50. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum invites you to celebrate #Apollo50 and Race to the Moon!
“From June 1 to July 20, join tens of thousands of runners across the country to Race to the Moon by running 50 miles in 50 days leading up to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Once the collective challenge miles reach the distance to the Moon, 244,390 miles, all Challenge participants who complete the challenge will receive a special milestone badge in their Strava trophy case.
“But there’s more, we are challenging the group to make a new moonshot. Let’s race to the Moon fifty times, running a total of 12.2 Million miles before the 50th anniversary on July 20!
“It took 400,000 individuals working towards a common goal to land two people on the Moon. This summer, we challenge you to join a running club, go for a jog with friends, or even enter your first 5K! Learn more here. Share your miles and photos using #RacetotheMoon and tag us @airandspacemuseum on Instagram and @airandspace on Twitter.
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