Saturday, April 16, 2011

We're Gonna Run This Town

Who said anything about needing to be registered to run the 115th Boston Marathon to have fun in Beantown this weekend? Whether you're running, you're cheering or you just happen to be in Boston, you can partake in some of the marathon fun--and use your feet for a charity challenge. With all due respect, Boston has marathon fever this time of year and adidas is taking that energy and running with it.

To celebrate the race, they're hosting the adiZero Charity Challenge, a round-the-clock treadmill challenge at three spots around the city. Visit one or visit all three, each mile you run or walk gets tallied into the system and adidas will make a $2 donation for each of those miles to Boston Public Schools, Fund For Boston Neighborhoods and AKTIV against cancer. You'll find these treadmills at Fanueil Hall, City Hall Plaza, and Hynes Convention Center--you can't miss it if you're there to browse the marathon expo. You don't even need to have your running shoes with you as you can always trial a pair of adidas to mark your miles.

The more miles you run, the more you can give and get back: The first 26 people who run a mile at all three locations will receive a pair of adiZero footwear. And according to this flyer, high school students are encouraged to come out and run with nine of their friends to then get a $500 donation to the charity of their choice.

But the clock is counting down. This challenge kicked off at 7 a.m. Friday morning, and you have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday night to run those miles. Perfect for any marathoners looking for a short shake-out before the big dance. Or if you need to run longer, stop by to grab a "Boston With Love" map that features three city touring runs and take a warm-up lap on the treadmill to start.

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