Run the Virtual London Marathon for MapAction in 2021!

Do you love mapping and running and saving lives? 

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Do you love mapping and running and saving lives? 

Then we have just the thing for you! Run the Virtual London Marathon for MapAction on October 3rd 2021. Plot your own 26.2 mile course, at your own pace, wherever in the world you happen to be. 

Join 99,999 other people all running on the same day in what promises to be the world’s largest ever marathon. As a virtual runner, you will be tracked and timed, as if you were there in person. You will have a 24-hour window to run it. The Official Virgin Money London Marathon App which will enable you to log

 your 26.2 miles and earn your coveted finishers medal and New Balance finisher T-shirt.

The app will also help bring the virtual experience to life, with an exclusive audio commentary featuring famous voices providing a memorable soundtrack to the day. You will very much feel part of the team. 

All open places in the Virtual London Marathon are now sold out, but MapAction has 10 places on offer. We are asking for each virtual runner to commit to raise at least £100 in sponsorship, each. 

Why MapAction?

To celebrate the Geoawesomeness Blog’s 10 year anniversary, it is supporting MapAction. Why? Because MapAction is the non-profit that enables geospatial experts, people from our sector, to volunteer and apply their technical skills to many of the world’s worst humanitarian situations. If you don’t know about MapAction and its work, you can read more here.

In 2020, Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, ran the virtual London Marathon for MapAction, taking in many of the sights of New York. He said “When I first learned about MapAction I instantly felt a deep affinity: MapAction is a volunteer network of mapping professionals who provide maps, data analysis and information management for humanitarian responders around the world, whether it is for floods in Djibouti or for the earthquake in Albania. I was deeply moved by their professional dedication!” You can read more about Stefan’s wonderful running and fundraising efforts here

If you are interested in running the Virtual London Marathon, or doing anything else to help raise vital funds to enable MapAction to apply its own brand of geoawesomeness to humanitarian situations, please email Jess Walsh or fill in our online form

Jo is Head of Communications at international humanitarian geospatial information charity MapAction. mapaction.org Twitter: @MapAction

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