Running Up For Air - Europe
Sat 31st July 2021
Yes. We have built Running Up For Air 2021 so that people can take part in a safe way. However, you should check local restrictions before taking part and comply with them on the day.
We run to raise awareness of air pollution. Today, across Europe, we are all breathing in toxic air. It damages our health and the environment around us. As trail runners we feel this and for communities living in busy cities, exposure to air pollution is a critical issue.
Running Up For Air 2021 will connect runners across Europe to raise funds for 18 environmental groups fighting for clean air.
So whether you are logging your vert on alpine trails, or lapping the hill in your local park, every vertical metre counts. A full 24-hour grind or a relaxed three hours at a comfy pace, pack the gels or the beers, grab some friends and join us for one uplifting day – experienced your way.
Everyone who signs up to complete Running Up For Air will receive a bespoke RUFA embroidered patch. This will arrive in the post at the address you inputted upon registration approximately 1-2 weeks after the live event date. These patches are being created especially for this event and show that you have completed the RUFA challenge whilst also raising awareness and funds to support 18 clean air groups. They are sew on so you can have as a new addition to your running pack for future trail runs.
This is a virtual event. On 31st July 2021, we are bringing Running Up For Air to you, wherever you run vert – over hills, through the mountains or even up and down the stairs.
Do I need to fundraise?
We want to raise as much money as possible for the environmental groups and every Euro will help in the fight for clean air. That’s why everyone who takes part gets their own online sponsorship page to make fundraising as easy as possible.
How long and how far is the event?
For 2021, we are bringing Running Up For Air to you. This means you can choose to participate for 3, 6, 12 or 24 hours. Wherever you choose to run, the aim is to cover as much elevation as possible within your time.
Can I take part with a team?
Yes, you can sign up and fundraise as a team and there will be teams participating at locations across Europe, where it is safe and permitted to do so. Please check local restrictions on outdoor groups before taking part.
Is there a minimum age to take part?
Yes, you should be 18 or over on 31st July 2021 in order to participate.
What time does it start?
Wherever you are, the event takes place on 31st July. You should start and end your run between 6am CEST on 31st July and 6am CEST on 01 Aug.
How do I record my run on July 31st?
Log in to the Running Up For Air platform and you will see the tab 'My Fitness Activity' on your page. When you have completed the challenge, please manually fill in the 'Add Activity' box, including your distance, elevation, duration and perhaps even an image taken on your run. Throughout the day, the elevation leader boards will be regularly updated so don’t forget to check back in. You will not be able to sync fitness trackers directly with the Running Up For Air platform, but if you are also recording and sharing your run on apps such as Strava, Garmin, Suunto or komoot then please use the #RunningUpForAir so that your community can see why you’re running!
How do I win?
The leader board will be updated throughout the challenge day (31st July 2021). This will be an elevation leader board with filters for time and distance.