We’re getting together for the first Global Marathon.

Everybody runs on the same day. Marathon, half-marathon and shorter distances. We welcome any contribution and don’t publish individual distances or times. It’s all about participation, not competition.

After each run we count the number of participants and countries represented and celebrate every kilometer we conquered together. We aim to eventually set a world record. There are a lot of titles up for grabs (see registry). Let’s try to hit more than 5,030 runners or 55 countries and the first title is ours.

Track our run & have fun.

Ideally, people use a tracking device and submit a screenshot after the run. But even if you don’t want to run with such a gadget, this is fun and we’ll take your word.

Everybody gets a personal start number, which they’ll get to keep for all future runs. There’ll also be a nice and shiny certificate for all who participated.

If you have never run a marathon, you could be our hero!

We ‘borrowed a page’ from the practice at the Tour De France and celebrate our Lanterne Rouge for each run: The person who finishes the marathon distance in the longest amount of time, while still finishing on the day of the event (subject to your consent to being celebrated). Think about it, this could literally be a ‘cake walk’. No need to run, you could walk the distance. If your neighbors are nice and put out a cake, you even get to eat along the way.

Virtual community.

Join our virtual community, where we share favorite podcasts, audiobooks and music (here’s our first playlist), exchange tips, discuss ideas, etc. We get together for The Big Hangout after the run. Instead of paying for a marathon bib (~$100 or more), in the future we might pool our money and get the same food ordered to our homes to eat it all at the same time via Zoom. And/or we can donate to charity what we would otherwise pay for the bib.

Swag.

We worked with artists to produce #RunTheWorld swag that’ll activate identity motivation and keep up the good vibes until the next marathon ;).

We have a visor hat (option 1, option 2), ear warmer, marathon shirts (tank top, t-shirt), shirts with our logo (tank top, t-shirt), and a mug. All customizable. Got more ideas? Send them our way.

(Note: We do not benefit from orders.)

Pre-commit to participate now.

With your consent, we’ll make that commitment public. You won’t want to let your buddies down. This is Relational Incentives Theory applied. And your chance to finally run that (half-)marathon.

If we get enough consenting participants, we could even run field experiments. If you have suggestions, send them to janagallus@gmail.com.

This is a crazy idea. But it’s also a crazy time. And we’re in it together. Even if we don’t see each other.

Next run: September 18, 2021

The weekend before the next equinox.

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