March 15th is an important day for professional runners Ryan and Sara Hall. The fleet-footed couple will compete in the USATF Marathon Championships at the L.A. Marathon, an event that will mark Sara’s highly anticipated marathon debut. But Ryan and Sara are more than just runners. The husband and wife team are also founders of the Hall Steps Foundation, a nonprofit movement that has turned their remarkable running into a tool to fight global poverty through better health. Sunday, March 15th will mark the beginning of the first Hall Steps Foundation team competition.
High school and collegiate teams throughout the nation have the opportunity to make their steps matter by fighting global poverty as part of their daily training routine. Athletes will seek out supporters to make monetary pledges by the mile, up to a predetermined amount (see FAQs for details).
Miles will be tracked and sponsor dollars accumulated through Frundraise, a fundraising website where runners log miles to raise money for their favorite organizations. Donations to the Steps Foundation team competition will go toward a clean water project in Ethiopia. To see a list of other projects Steps has sponsored, visit the What’s We’ve Done page.
Logging miles to fight poverty is a simple way to make your miles matter, but what makes this a competition?
Each participating team will have it’s own webpage set up through Frundraise, where miles and monies will be tracked and charted weekly. The team that raises the most funds during the competition wins a visit and practice with everyone’s favorite Olympian and American record holder, Ryan Hall!
The eight-week competition will begin when Ryan crosses the finish line on Sunday, March 15th, and will end on Sunday, May 10th. Getting involved is as easy as emailing your team information toMyStepsMatter@TheStepsFoundation.org. More information can be found here.
Log miles, fight poverty. #MyStepsMatter