Run (or Walk) from Anywhere in the World with The Extra Mile Virtual Run

Run (or Walk) from Anywhere in the World with The Extra Mile Virtual Run

As we lace up our running shoes and step out onto the trail, road, or treadmill, we are doing more than just putting one foot in front of the other. We’re joining a global movement of changemakers dedicated to making a tangible impact on our planet and its inhabitants.

There's no excuse not to get involved, even if you can't physically attend the Extra Mile Trail Run in Huntington

We’re bringing the event directly to you with the Virtual Mile Trail Run. Whether you opt to walk or run, every step you take brings us closer to our goals of empowering impoverished communities and conserving our planet’s endangered species.

Giving Conservation Wings

This year, we’re proud to partner with BirdLife South Africa, a division of the global partnership BirdLife International, which tirelessly works to conserve birds, their habitats, and global biodiversity. BirdLife International is the world’s largest bird conservation organisation, boasting over 115 national conservation organisations and a membership of more than 2.5 million people. Their mission revolves around engaging with people, communities, businesses, and governments to promote sustainable use of natural resources.

The Virtual Run Gets Its Own Namesake

BirdLife South Africa has selected the Cape Parrot as the Bird of the Year for 2023. This unique bird, endemic to South Africa, is currently classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List, facing threats from habitat loss, illegal hunting and trade, and disease. BirdLife South Africa is taking proactive steps to address these threats through habitat protection, awareness campaigns, and community engagement.

Inspired by the Cape Parrot’s role as a flagship species for the mist belt forests of South Africa, we’ve named our virtual run in its honour. Just as birds know no boundaries, this virtual run is borderless and bound to no fixed location. It is literally giving conservation wings…

The Best Part? It’s Super Easy…

Whether you’re running through a forest, walking in a city park, hiking on a trail or in the bush, strolling along the beach, or even participating from the comfort of a treadmill at home, you’re making a difference. Sign up now and join our global community of runners with heart and soul. Become an #MCFChangemaker.

  1. Sign up today
  2. Lace up your shoes on 23 September
  3. Get moving.

And it costs next to nothing!

  1. You can choose to run or walk only ( – R75 per entry
  2. Or go ‘the full monty’ and receive a race pack complete with a t-shirt and buff ( – R400 per entry (*early bird discount available)

Spearhead your own campaign

Why not create something even bigger within your own community? Challenge your family, friends, or competing businesses to participate, and go head-to-head to see who can out-run you, who can bring more people, or who can share the best snapshots on the day? This is a chance to run your very own ‘for good’ campaign with zero overhead.

We’re excited to see what you’ll come up with!

Every step you take contributes to the empowerment of a community in need, raises awareness about endangered species, and helps conserve the natural habitats they rely on.

You also have the option of sponsoring a community runner for just ZAR100. Such a small act has a profound impact. Here’s why. Click here to sponsor a community runner now.

So, let’s go the extra mile together for conservation, community, and change. Let’s make a difference, one step at a time – and let’s have a great time doing it!

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