A unique virtual event to help support healthcare workers on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus, it’s… The RAVE (The Route Art Virtual Event)!

The RAVE (Route Art Virtual Event) is a unique virtual event that invites you to create “route art” or run (or walk) a 5k.  What’s route art? Route art is a word, words or pictures created from tracing your run, ride, hike, walk (anything!) with a mapping tool like MapMyRun, Strava or RideWithGPS.  See “How to Make Route Art” below for more details.

The RAVE puts you in control – you design the course, the distance, how you want to complete the event (run, bike, whatever!) and when to do it between 5/1 and 5/31. Create your own route art or adopt one created by a friend! Prefer something a little more “traditional”? You can also have the option to sign up to just run or walk a 5k.

Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus… they are working long hours, risking their own health and dealing with stressful situations every day…  they deserve our support! Sign up for the RAVE and we will donate 50% of the net proceeds to the following Boston area charities:

Sign up for The RAVE and post your route art (or selfie if doing the 5k) to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #myRAVE and you’ll be eligible for one of eight $50 gift cards to local businesses that YOU get to pick (e.g. restaurant, running shoe store, brewery) giving you an opportunity to support one of your favorite local businesses impacted by the current shutdown of non-essential businesses.

Click here to register!

How This Event Works

Sign up for The RAVE and then grab a cup of coffee, a glass of water, a beer, wine, whatever and start mapping out a route (we’re all spending more time at home these days… you can find the time!) that can be a word, words or a picture. Get as creative as you like! Not feeling that creative? Get a friend to register and have them design your route art and then complete it together (while maintaining a safe social distance!). Not feeling that creative but still want to participate? Great! Sign up to run or walk a 5k course you create without regard for route art.

You can make the distance of your route art as short or as long as you like. Once designed,  go out and run, ride, walk or hike it… the “mode of movement” is totally up to you. Plan it, practice it and then execute it between 5/1 and 5/31. Once your done, upload results and a photo of your route art (instructions on uploading results in one of the tabs below).

After completing your route art (or 5k) and uploading your results and route art photo, share your route art (or selfie if you do the 5k) on your own social media channels with the hashtag #myRAVE and you’ll be eligible for one of eight (8) $50 gift cards we’ll purchase from a local businesses (e.g. restaurant, brewery) that YOU choose as a way  for us to support your community.

Registration Fees

Register to create route art or to do the 5k and you’ll be eligible for prizes based on a variety of categories (see next tab for prize categories and details). You can sign up for a category where you’ll get “The RAVE” soft cotton, gender-specific t-shirt mailed to you the week of 5/31 or you can choose a “no T-shirt” category and save a few bucks. 50% of the net proceeds from this event will be donated to the following Boston area charities that support healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19:

Pricing:

  • Route Art Participant – with T-shirt: $35 (includes cost of shipping)
  • Route Art Participant  – without T-shirt: $20
  • Traditional 5k Run or Walk  (no route art) – with T-shirt: $35 (includes cost of shipping)
  • Traditional 5k Run or Walk  (no route art) – without T-shirt: $20

 

Soft cotton gender-specific t-shirt!

Awards and Giveaways

There will be no awards based on “how fast” you complete your event, but eight (8) $50 gift cards will be awarded to participants in the categories below who (1) upload their route art (or selfie if doing the 5k) to social media (Facebook or Instagram) and (2) tag that post with the #myRAVE.

  1. Most Facebook likes for route art made by a runner
  2. Most Facebook likes for route art made by a cyclist
  3. Most Instagram likes for route art made by a runner
  4. Most Instagram likes for route art made by a cyclist
  5. Longest distance route art by a runner
  6. Longest distance route art by a cyclist

 

Winners will be chosen and announced the week of 5/31 after all results have been submitted. Other categories to be announced!

Uploading Your Results

To upload your results, login to your account you had or you created when registering (log in to your account here: manage.hakuapp.com/login) and then:

  1. Go to the “YOUR REGISTRATIONS” tab at the top
  2. Select “The RAVE”
  3. Scroll down down the page to where you can enter your results and upload a photo of your results. See screenshot below for what to expect.

 

How to Make Route Art

The RAVE let’s you express yourself by designing a course that states a word, words or a picture. It can be as long as short as you want, but the idea is to come up with a route that is more about what it looks like and says then where it goes. That said, when designing and running the course always be aware of traffic flows, avoid crossing busy roads, stay on public property, etc. In short, SAFETY FIRST!

The steps to creating route art are pretty straightforward and are as follows:

  1. Pick a route mapping tool/app. There are plenty out there including MapMyRun, Strava or RideWithGPS.
  2. Plan a route. Here’s where you can be as creative as you like. The best approach is to go into it wanting to find a route that spells a specific word or makes a picture and then searching for a street pattern that enables you to create it. Alternatively, you can pull up an area and let the street grid inspire you. Either way, there will be some trial and error as you map your route out and don’t sweat it if it doesn’t look “perfect”.
  3. Go run or ride it. Once you have your route, print out a cue sheet or send it to your phone and then go out and run, ride, walk, etc. the route while recording your journey with the app that you used to design the route. When done, save it and upload your results (see previous tab for directions).

CLICK HERE for a more detailed guide to creating route art from MapMyRun and HERE for creating route art on Strava.

Beneficiaries

Your participation helps support healthcare workers on the front lines of the current pandemic because 50% of the net proceeds from this event will be donated to the following Boston area charities:

Samples from Local Route Art Artists

Route art is not new and there are some pretty impressive route artists out there. The “Ultimate Master of Running Route Art” is Tom Veilleux of Massachussetts who has produced countless of works of route art which he tags on Instagram with #DrawWithYourFeet. Some of his works are below and you can see more and read about Tom in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-time friend and SME athlete and volunteer, Laura Kidman, recently got bit by the route art “bug” and has posted some route of her own to help inspire (keep it up, Laura!).

Refund Policy

Refunds : Refunds will not be issued. Please register for the event only if you are sure you will be able to participate.

Register

Registration is open. Please click this link to register online.