The Nike Human Race is going to be on October 24 this year. I no longer use the Nike+ system because my sensor died and I got a Garmin about 3 weeks before the sensor croaked anyway… but I still love the spirit and idea of this race.
The whole concept is that everybody across the globe runs a 10K on the same day. Some cities have large organized races. In places without official organized Human Race events, people can run their own race. They then upload the results to the Nike+ site and can compare their effort against people worldwide. But the best part is that each participant gets to choose a charity that their miles go toward, so Nike raises money based on the number of people participating and donates to several good causes.
I ran the race on my own last year and I plan on doing it again this year, whether as part of a group or on my own remains to be determined! Maybe we should organized a bloggers Human Race on that day… everybody would come and log their results on a post for the race that day?
Nike is currently running a contest for people to apply to be a Human Race Ambassador. If you’re selected you get:
a visit to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon on August 12-13, 2009, plus a Human Race Kit to get you started including an HD flip-cam, the new LunarGlide+ running shoes, a Nike+ SportBand and more. Along the way, we will also provide you with the opportunity to earn a number of additional goodies such as the new iPhone 3GS, a year’s supply of running shoes, meet and greets with select Nike athletes and more.
It would be really cool to win that contest, although I feel a little presumptuous to even enter… I feel like I’ve kind of met my quota for awesome contest prizes in my lifetime.
But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t love to see one of you lovely people win the contest. So go ahead and check out the details… maybe you’ll be the lucky winner!