EDITOR'S NOTE:  We all know that Strava is a great app for your running activities and that Girls on the Run is an incredible organization. Strava is supporting Girls on the Run by donating $10 when someone runs their "Last Mile" the fastest in a half or full marathon. Donations to Girls on the Run will go to families that otherwise would not be able to participate in the program.


Runners on Strava Activate Donations to Youth Charities When Their Last Mile Is Their Fastest


Strava is thrilled to invite athletes to join The Last Mile, a challenge to give the next generation of runners a boost through partnerships with seven running charities around the world. Between now and June 30, any Strava athlete who completes a half or full marathon-distance activity and runs the last mile the fastest unlocks a $10 donation to a nonprofit that empowers youth through sport, including Girls on the Run in the [United States].


Strava is the largest sports participation platform in the world with a community of over 40 million athletes who have shared more than 2 billion activities from 195 countries. Only 1% to 3% of runners on Strava complete their last mile as their fastest in half and full marathon-distance activities, but it’s something that is within reach for every runner. To help them do it, Strava is giving every athlete who signs up at www.strava.com/lastmile 30 days of Summit for free. Summit helps athletes make the most of their training with in-depth analysis tools they can use to review their efforts and track their fitness on the run up to race day.


“We love bold and audacious goals, and the Last Mile challenges runners to give their all, finish strong and support youth running in the process. We’re thrilled to partner with Girls on the Run to help the next generation of runners get moving,” says Strava CEO, James Quarles.


Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Dynamic, interactive lessons and running games taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches impart important social, emotional, and physical skills that encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. The contribution from The Last Mile initiative will give young women across the US access to these life-changing programs.


“The Last Mile challenge pushes runners to overcome mental and physical obstacles and realize the greatness within them – just as Girls on the Run teaches girls that with determination and effort, the seemingly impossible is possible. These donations from Strava will provide more girls across the US with the opportunity to participate in our life-changing programs.”

  • Theresa Miller, Girls on the Run International Chief Engagement Officer



  • Challenge is open to Strava members in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil and Japan.

  • To join Strava, download the app.

  • To join the challenge, go to www.strava.com/lastmile and sync your account

  • Anyone who runs their last mile the fastest in a half or full marathon race unlocks a $10 donation to Girls on the Run.

  • You must tag your activity as a race for it to qualify for the challenge.

  • Every Last Mile challenge participant gets a free 30-day Summit trial.

  • Summit helps athletes make the most of their training with in-depth analysis tools they can use to review their efforts and track their fitness on the run up to race day.

  • The challenge lasts from April 11 through June 30, 2019.


About Strava

Strava is the social network for athletes. As the platform at the center of connected fitness, Strava’s mobile apps and website connect millions of active people every day. Strava’s podcast, Athletes Unfiltered, features extraordinary stories from the Strava community told by the runners and cyclists who live them. All athletes belong on Strava, no matter where they live, which sport they love or what device they use. Join the community at strava.com.


About Girls on the Run

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization with local Councils in all 50 states. Founded in 1996 with 13 girls, Girls on the Run has now served more than 1.6 million girls. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year. Girls on the Run was recently included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs.


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