Wednesday, December 21, 2011
For the past week I have been participating in a Toys for Tots on line challenge. It was sponsored by Earndit.com - an online fitness tracker. People from all over the world register to this and use various trackers (Runkeeper, Fitbit, Garmin, Foresquare, etc) to earn points for gift cards or discounts on various health or fitness related items. I use Runkeeper, so all of my tracking is done outdoors. Earndit gives 10 points per mile to a maximum of 60 points per day (6 miles) for foot activity (running or walking) and for cycling you get 60 points by biking 20 miles. For the past couple of months various vendors have been setting up challenges to get bigger gift certificates - people who earn 360 points go into a drawing for the grand prize and people who earn 100 points or more go into a drawing for a lesser prize. I usually enter the challenges and there are usually about 1,000 or more people from the US and several other countries who participate. There is usually no charge to enter a challenge
For the Toys for Tots Challenge, there was a fee of $10 to enter. The winner would get all of the donations donated to Toys for Tots in their name. To win this challenge you would need to earn 60 points per day for 7 days. For me this meant walking and or running 6 miles per day for 7 days. Being winter and days being short I knew this would not be easy, but did want to get to the maximum of 420 points so I could be eligible for the drawing to win. There were a total of 59 participants - a little disappointing since there are normally over 1,000 people in the other challenges. I did get out and run or walk 2 to 3 times per day for 7 days. I ran a couple of times at 5:30 in the morning, walked at lunch for 2-3 miles and walked after I got home from work - enough to ensure I would get the 6 miles each day. The last day of the challenge was yesterday. I checked last night before I went to bed and saw there were 11 of us who where at the maximum points of 420. This morning I received an email that said I was the winner, so $590 was donated to the local Toys for Tots organization in my name! Even if I hadn't won, I am very happy that I participated in this great cause and very proud that I was able to squeeze in the 6 plus miles each day.
Below is the email all the participants received today:
Thank you so much for participating in the Toys for Tots Challenge.
You showed true holiday spirit with your generous $10 donation to Toys for Tots. Because of your help, some children who wouldn't otherwise receive gifts will now experience that joy. We are so touched by your participation in the first-ever charity challenge on Earndit, and as a small token of our appreciation, we've given you 100 bonus points. That's like running 10 miles!
Go ahead and redeem your points for a nice little reward for yourself.
Your Earndit Crew