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City Runners Go Interstellar

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Philadelphia, as any major city, has its fair number of committed joggers -- those who stay with their regimen in rain and shine, and even in the midst of the deep freeze we're currently experiencing this winter.

But starting last month, even the most avid jogger has been faced with a formidable objective, and they are asked to meet it in the interest of humanitarian service.

The 2015 Meet Me On Mars Challenge, established by the online charity fundraising group Moon Joggers, was kicked off in January of this year and is asking joggers and runners from all walks of life and around the world to lend their efforts to the aid of philanthropic organizations.

Moon Joggers has been running since 2013 and in that time, has been able to raise over $30,000 for a variety of charities.


This year, they are seeking to recruit 30,000 participants to commit to running an average of 1000 miles each. Once they have reached this goal, together the members will have run a total of 33 million miles -- the distance to the planet Mars.

Participants are able to sign up at a range of price levels, including the option to join for free.

Proceeds from the challenge will go toward the charities which support the Boston, Chicago, and New York City Marathons.

The Moon Joggers' goal is to raise enough money to be able to enter participants in all these marathons as charity entries.

Each charity entry will be chosen through a drawing of Meet Me On Mars participants. Those chosen will have their race fee and charity entry covered by Moon Joggers.

Registration for Meet Me On Mars 2015 ends on March 31. Any of our readers who are interested may sign up here.

By Bessam Idani

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