Weaver Race III: Run the Farm

map of racecourse with farmsIt’s time for another running challenge!

In the third installment of the virtual Weaver Race, runners will travel 112 miles past all 36 farms from this year’s Piedmont Farm Tour! From Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farms in Roxboro to Peaceful River Farm in southern Chapel Hill, you’ll pass spring veggies in the fields, cows on pasture, scratching chickens, and more. Kick off the spring by running as many miles as you can in a month.

Since last year’s challenge, new features have been added. You can now use hashtags when you chat with other runners and when you submit your miles. And when you log your miles on the race website or app, look for a Google Street View image of your location. Racers can purchase high-resolution digital bibs and a farm-tour themed postcard to commemorate the race. There’s also a handy app this year; download it here:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/racery-virtual-races/id1041763877?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pressflex.racery&hl=en

Never run in a virtual challenge? Here’s how it works: We’ve partnered with Racery, a Durham-based company that has created a map of our route. You run (or walk) on your usual streets (or treadmill). You’ll receive a daily email reminder to track your miles, which will be plotted on the virtual map. Log your miles directly on the race page via app, mobile web, OR desktop in order to see the awesome Google Street Views, upload photos of your run, and interact with other runners! (It’s totally fine if you don’t run every day.) The challenge will last for one month.

We’ll be giving away Farm Tour buttons (the ticket to attend the Farm Tour) throughout the month. You don’t have to be in the lead to win! But you do have to participate. Look for prize drawings announced on the race’s interactive message board.

Register at https://racery.com/r/weaver-street-challenge-III/#racers. The race costs $4.50, but the first 100 people can register for free using promo code wsmfree. The race starts on March 15.