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What is the Winter Solstice Run?

The Winter Solstice Run is an all-day ultra-run, starting at sunrise, continuing 20 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests until sunset. This is all about fun, adventure and camaraderie – it’s not a race! For some this will be the first Winter Solstice Run, but for many others it may be their 4th! Please join us, and together with non-profit On the Ground Global (OTG) we will make a difference for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo! There are only 100 spots this year, so don’t wait to sign up!

Sign up to Run at Solstice Run

The Winter Solstice Run offers three distance options:

  • 20 miles – The whole shebang. Start at sunrise and finish at sunset!
  • 10 miles – Half-Solstice option: Run or Walk the last 10 miles!
  • Relay – You and three others (4 per team) can complete the run together!
Where does the Run take place?

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida – The Winter Solstice Run begins at sunrise from the westernmost point of Scenic Hwy 30A and continues 20 miles along the beaches, through Florida state forests, and around the many lakes of South Walton, until sunset.

 Why run?

The Winter Solstice Run is raising awareness and funds for OTG’s Project Congo. Participating runners aim to fundraise for gender equality projects, in additional to running the distance of their choice in solidarity on Dec. 16th.

Project Congo
When is the 2017 Winter Solstice Run?

The Winter Solstice Run will take place at sunrise, Saturday, December 16th, 2017. Participating runners will have approximately 10 hours to finish the 40 miles (minimum pace of about 15 minutes per mile).

How much does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee for the Winter Solstice Run. Instead, participating runners are asked to solicit pledges from friends and family to support Project Congo – a fundraising goal of $100+ per runner, though all contributions are welcome. Funds will go directly to OTG’s Project Congo supporting gender equity programs in the Eastern region of the DRC.

What do I get?

The personal gratification of completing a run. What do you win? Personal growth, gratification, and a new group of wild and adventurous running comrades.

How do I learn more? 

After registering you will receive an entire packet about the run details, fundraising and more information about On The Ground and Project Congo. Contact to learn more and answer any questions.


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