Friday, August 30, 2013

Million Mile Run 2013

The Million Mile Run Starts September 1
Join our team "Mother Runners & Others" 
Start a new team or join without a team.

Why a million miles?

A few reasons…
  • Because a billion miles would just be crazy...or would it?
  • Alex said she was going to raise a million dollars with a lemonade stand which we thought was ambitious, although not realistic. If she could do it, we can.
  • Because a parent that has a child with cancer would go a million miles to find a cure, so we are willing to go a million miles too.

There’s no way I can run a hundred miles in a month, can I still participate?

If you mean you can’t “run” 100 miles, of course, running and walking is fine. We just want to log 1 million miles collectively.
If you mean you can’t run 100 miles yourself, start a team! As a team you can combine our miles to reach 100.

Where is the Million Mile Run/Walk taking place?  

One of the great things about this event is that it takes place anywhere and anytime you and your teammates want to walk or run.  Participants will log there mileage online or automatically using a mobile application on their telephone.

Tell me more about organizing a team. Are there categories of teams?

We will have two divisions of teams:
  1. Marathon Division- consisting of 4 members, each member runs the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) over the course of the month. Technically, you’ll run a few miles over 100.
  2. Open Division- Each team can have an unlimited number of members. Collectively, these teams should strive to complete at least 100 miles.

How will we keep track of our miles?

Participants will be able to manually enter their miles on a webpage or use a mobile application, MapMyRun, to keep track of their mileage which will automatically feed to the ALSF website. Additional details about tracking mileage will be explained further as we get closer to September.

Is a million miles really an attainable goal?

Yes! We truly believe that with the help of our supporters that we can reach this goal.

I want to get my company, school, running club, sorority, town, etc. to form a team.  Is this allowed?

Yes of course this encouraged.  In fact all of these types of groups and more have created Million Mile Run teams.

I am more of a cyclist, can I ride my bike to participate?

This event is for runners and walkers, but stay tuned for a Million Mile Ride in the future.

How does running a million miles help kids with cancer?

If participants get pledges of $10 per mile, we will raise $10 million! Considering $50 funds one hour of childhood cancer research, this will have a significant impact on children with cancer. See more at How Your Donation Helps.

This sounds difficult. Will it be hard?

We realize it’s a lofty goal and that for some people this may be quite a challenge, however it’s not nearly as difficult as what a child with cancer has to go through – that’s what keeps us motivated on our quest to find a cure.

Can Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation help me with public relations for my Million Mile Run Team?

Yes we have internal public relations people that can help you.  Just let us know you want help.

Is this going to be fun?

Yes! We think it will be a lot of fun. You will be part of a team of 10,000 members trying to change the lives of kids with cancer, what could be better?
Participants can choose to log miles manually or by using MapMyRun. Each participant must choose one method or the other - our systems do not allow for a combination of the two.
Please note: whether you plan to track your miles manually or by using MapMyRun, you must have an account. How do you know if you have an account?
  • If you signed up as an individual (not on a team), you were given the option to create an account during registration – you would have been asked to create a username and password. If you did not create an account when you registered, click here to create one (use the same email you used when you registered for the Million Mile Run).
  • Have you registered for other ALSF events or held an ALSF fundraiser in the past? If so, you likely already have an account. Forgot your password? Request a new password.
  • If someone else registered you for the Million Mile Fun (e.g. – a Team Captain), check with them to see if they included your email address when they signed you up. If they did, click here to create an account. If they did not enter your email, you cannot create an account and your Team Captain will be responsible for entering your mileage.
Contact Jenna Jackson at or (610) 649-3034
with any questions about accounts or tracking mileage.

Tracking miles manually via

  • If you are an individual (not on a team) with an account:
    Log into your account , visit your Million Mile Run page and update your miles by clicking on the "Manage Miles" button.
  • If you are an individual on a team and do not have an account: If your team captain signed you up with your email address, you can create an accounthere. Once this account is created, click on the “Manage Miles” button on your team’s webpage to manually enter your miles.

    If your team captain did not provide an email address for you, they are responsible for submitting your mileage (you cannot do so manually or by using MapMyRun).
  • For Team Captains: Team captains may enter their team members' miles by logging into their page and clicking "Manage Miles." Team Captains do not need to enter miles for team members utilizing MapMyRun, these miles will be automatically imported.

Tracking miles via MapMyRun

These instructions apply to both individuals and individuals on teams. You can use MapMyRun to track your walking workouts as well, it is not exclusive to runners.
  • Create an account at MapMyRun. If you already have a MapMyRun account – proceed to the next step.
  • Log into your account on, go to your Million Mile Run page and follow the instructions to connect your MapMyRun account.
  • Once your Million Mile Run account is connected to MapMyRun, you must log all of your miles for the Million Mile Run via MapMyRun. Please note: Any miles entered manually for your individual mileage on prior to connecting to MapMyRun will be overridden.
Tips/notes on using MapMyRun to log your miles:
  • MapMyRun offers real-time mileage tracking using GPS, but you may also log other workouts (such as treadmill runs or walks).
  • If you don’t have a smart phone, you can still use MapMyRun by mapping your routes and entering your mileage on MapMyRun’s website.
  • New miles accrued each day will take up to 24 hours to be posted to your Million Mile Run page.
  • You can connect your MapMyRun account to your Million Mile Run page prior to September 1, however mileage will not start appearing on your Million Mile Run page until September 1.
Every mile gets us closer to our goal!

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