Around two weeks ago I started a club on Strava called “The RStats
Strava Club”, with no real idea in mind,
I just wanted to virtually gather runners from the R community, the one
that I already know, and the one I didn’t know yet. It was fun to see
that after one week this group gathered more than 150 members 😱. (For
those of you who don’t know, Strava is a social media platform around
running, biking, and swimming.)
Anyway, I had no real agenda in mind when I opened it, but then as the
size grew I was thinking that it would be nice to have something
organized by the Club. And, that it would be nice to make this event
serve a good cause. Hence, I came up with the idea of organizing and
online “Run for RLadies” online event!
How it works
- Using this google form, you
can select one or several runner(s) to “sponsor”: every runner has
an expected distance they will run.
- On the weekend of the 3 and 4 of October, the registered runners
will go for a run, matching the amount of kilometers they have
declared they will do.
- Once this run is done, you’ll receive a mail (probably on the Monday
after that), with the distance that each runner has accomplished.
- You will match 1 $/€ by kilometer run for the runner you’ve
selected, by doing a donation to R-Ladies through their website
(there is a little button on the bottom right of the website
Q: I’m a runner, and I want to be a part of it!
A: Of course, please join 🙂 Feel free to reach out either on the
RStats Strava Club
by sending me an email, or DM on Twitter
Note that you can definitely register as a runner without having a
Q: What happens if a runner that said they’d do 20km end up doing
A: This event will work on trust: if a runner says they’ll do 20km,
I trust them to do so. And of course, even if they do more, you will
definitely be free to do a donation of the amount of your choice.
Q: Can I select multiple runners?
A: Of course!
Q: What happens if I change my mind/can’t do a donation after all?
A: As said before, this event is built on trust, and there will be
absolutely no check to see if someone registered here is actually
making a donation. You’re totally free to register to sponsor and
don’t do the donation. You’re free to give less, free to give more.
I just hope that if you are registering here to sponsor someone to
do a 20k, you are ok with giving 20$/€ when the time comes.
Q: Why this event?
A: In the past, every time I’ve talked about the fact that it’s
possible to do a donation online to initiatives like RLadies or the
R Foundation, most people seems to like the idea, they just don’t
know that was possible. I believe that most of us are ok with the
idea of making a donation for RLadies—it’s just that we don’t think
about doing it.
Q: Why are you collecting emails?
A: I’m collecting emails to send the results when the runs are
completed. This will be the only time I’ll use the mail collected
Q: Is this event affiliated to RLadies or Strava?
A: Nop, this is an initiative by me, but I reached out to RLadies to
get there agreement to launch that.
Q: I have another question! A: Feel free to reach out to me. That will
probably work best through Twitter, or via mail