We are delighted to officially announce the launch of MegaMeterRun 2019, building on the 2016 MegaMeterRun, which raised £5,000 for community development projects in rural Gambia.
Baotic’s mission is to inspire and empower healthy communities around the world, supporting healthy, happy and helpful lives. So in addition to our healthy drinks, and Gambia health projects we found it a perfect fit to relaunch the MegaMeterRun challenge and open it up to the wider community to inspire and motivate healthy running along the way.
The #MMRun Community
As a pilot year, we are pleased to announce that we have our first runners signed up from all over the UK, and others joining in from Europe, New Zealand, Canada and USA. More importantly, the community has wonderfully reflected our values, motivating and inspiring each other as they go.
Signed up for the #MMRun 10×100!
What a great cause.
— saháta (@___sahata) January 29, 2019
That was fresh! -2 degrees and the lungs really felt it! #10k number 16 of my #MMRun #hundred10kChallenge with @MegaMeterRun done #MarathonTraining #UkRunChat #runr #247running pic.twitter.com/BKCQ4Kbb0R
— Dodgy Knees (@Just4TheT_Shirt) January 30, 2019
— Graeme Harvey (@graemeultra) January 28, 2019
Awesome weather for a run along the Ottawa River ❄️😎🌞 About -10C and sunny!! Perfect! Logged 10 easy km.
Have a great weekend all 😊#MMrun 13 of 100 @MegaMeterRun @suunto #SuuntoRun@VIVOBAREFOOT #PrimusTrailSG pic.twitter.com/0s7Vs8iWCq
— Morten Lidegaard (@MortenLidegaard) January 26, 2019
Challenging run on the slippy, muddy trails of Thorney Island. Took to the beach when I could & delighted to report
LONGEST RUN EVER!!! 💪🏃🏻♀️😊
A toughie, but this #merceractive #DavosSquad girl is determined to give #SurreyHalf & #LondonMarathon her best shot!#MMRun #ukrunchat pic.twitter.com/pO5V5wPs0D
— ✨ Christina Dove 🚴 (@ChristinaDove7) January 25, 2019
Paul will be taking on the 100x10k challenge, and Isatou new to running has taken on the 50x5k challenge, although the way Isatou has started she is likely to hit the 100 mark by the end of the year (and may even set her sights on the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon).
The challenge targets raising £5,000 to £10,000 in 2019, to fund 2-4 community co-operative vegetable gardens, improving income, health and nutrition. The funding will come from a mix of registration fees, donations and sponsorships, so the good news is that all those runners signed up have already helped!
Runner T-shirts arriving @ HQ!
And £1,283 raised towards our fundraiser target! 🙌👏👏👏
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Which challenge will you chose?
All 2019 runs, pre/post signup, count! ✔ #ukrunchat 😍
Tag #MMRun for community love! pic.twitter.com/26WPlL4mw9
— Mega Meter Run (@MegaMeterRun) February 9, 2019
Our end of 2018 Gambia Tour has engaged a couple of key communities that we plan to work with, and a visit towards the end of 2019 will finalise the project plans. A few typical intervention examples:
- New Garden Launch: £2000 – £3000 – Establish a new phase 1 garden (cattle protecting fencing, access to quality seeds, co-operative formation, agricultural training, simple water access) – Supporting 100 women, growing to 300-400 after 2 years.
- Repair / Upgrade local Garden: £1000 to £1500 – Improving or reviving a local garden (new water well, fencing repair, business/agriculture training).
- Solar Garden: £4,000 Includes New Launch (1.) and Solar or a £1,000 supplement to an existing garden to install solar for innovative water technology, reduce the labour intensity, and improve the quality and quantity yield of each 3 annual harvests.
Put simply, the more we raise, the more we can do.
— ✨ Christina Dove 🚴 (@ChristinaDove7) February 14, 2019
How to get involved?
It’s a £32 signup cost (similar to a race), gets you your free technical T-shirt, run planner and goody bag (including Baotic drinks!), lasts the entire year tying all of your 2019 runs together in one inspiring and motivating challenge.
Participants can chose to target 50x5k, 100x5k or 100x10k throughout the year and have a motivating community online to support you along the way!
The longer term plans are to complete the registration of our Charity Foundation, that will receive and manage the Baotic contributions per sale, all under its own separate legal entity as a registered UK Charity. This will also manage the fundraising initiatives such as MegaMeterRun, with Baotic continuing to sponsor and support its marketing, recruitment and runner rewards.