The #MyMiles Challenge is back….and it’s bigger and better than ever! The social media campaign, which launched in 2017, pays tribute to the commitment and dedication of talented young athletes as they pursue their sporting ambitions. On average, a SportsAid athlete covers around 40 miles under their own steam every week.
The Challenge encourages supporters to keep the athletes company, as they train and compete, by undertaking physical activity and posting the distance they cover on social media. A combined total of 19,722 miles was accumulated during SportsAid Week 2017 and 2018. This year the Challenge is taking place throughout the whole of September!Please click here to register for the #MyMiles Challenge
SportsAid has linked up with Race Nation to provide an online platform for supporters to join the #MyMiles Challenge. You can choose your own distance, do a #MyMiles Marathon of 26.2 miles or aim for 40 miles to match the athletes. How many miles can we cover this year to show our support for the country’s brightest sporting prospects?
What would you like to achieve? Set yourself a target of as many miles as you wish. Remember to be ambitious as time is on your side....you have a whole month to reach your goal after all! Why not team up with friends to share the challenge?
Create your own marathon! Complete 26.2 miles in your own way: plan your own route and run/cycle/row/walk it all in one go, or gradually progress towards your target by completing a diverse range of activities throughout the month!
This is the distance a SportsAid athlete, on average, will get through in training, under their own steam, every week! Put yourself in their shoes and see how challenging it is to complete 40 miles in a week around your busy schedule.
Race Nation allows you to set up a sponsorship page, via Sports Giving, if you would like to raise funds through the challenge. We would also love you to post your miles on social media and spread the word by making a nomination to continue the chain. The #MyMiles Challenge is growing year-on-year so why not join the movement in 2019?!
How you choose to support the #MyMiles Challenge is entirely up to you! SportsAid will be keeping a running total throughout September via Race Nation. We are looking for you to take the lead and decide how you would most like to join in the challenge. An important point....if it's not easy to record the distance of your activity....20 minutes = 1 mile.
Perhaps you could opt for an Olympic or Paralympic discipline? Running, cycling, swimming and rowing are always popular. How about archery, boccia, canoeing, fencing, sailing, skiing, table tennis, taekwondo or weightlifting? Team sports such as netball, hockey, rugby, football and basketball are excellent options to get your friends, family and colleagues to join in.
Do you have a gym membership? Crossfit, spin, boxercise and yoga are classes you'll find in your weekly schedule. Why not incorporate #MyMiles into your daily routine? Walking your dog, going for a stroll and actively commuting to work all fit the bill. The distance you cover doesn't have to come via strenuous activity. The Challenge is designed to work for you!
The #MyMiles Schools Challenge is the perfect way to inspire pupils with the stories and achievements of young sporting role models across the country. Schools are able to reinforce the importance of being active and leading a healthy lifestyle by asking pupils to complete a minimum of one mile in SportsAid Week and donating £1 to the charity.
There will be a dedicated #MyMiles Schools Day on Tuesday 24 September, but if that doesn't work for you, select any date during the week. You can run an assembly - in advance of your planned activity - about the history of British sport, and the role SportsAid has played within this, to give pupils a clear understanding as to the athletes they’re supporting.
There will be a number of visits made to schools by SportsAid athletes, as well as competitions for the most miles covered, best photos and the most creative ideas! SportsAid has produced a simple-to-follow guide - FREE to download - on how schools can take part in the #MyMiles Schools Challenge. You can also register for your free #MyMiles Schools pack.
The money you raise through the #MyMiles Challenge will support athletes in many different ways - no matter how big or small the amount! They don't just feel the impact of SportsAid’s backing from a financial point of view - the award acts as a motivational boost and provides recognition as they look to progress towards their sporting ambitions.
SportsAid athletes benefit from a range of personal development opportunities enabling them to broaden their skillsets. Many receive expert advice through workshops which focus on areas such as nutrition, performance lifestyle management, sports psychology and telling your story through the media. They can also access mentoring through buddy schemes.
SportsAid has helped thousands of athletes during the critical early stages of their careers. The charity’s impressive track record was highlighted at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games where alumni won 150 medals. This included 46 of Team GB’s 67 medals (20 gold, 15 silver, 11 bronze) and 104 of ParalympicsGB’s 147 medals (44 gold, 28 silver and 32 bronze).