What is Running Up For Air?

Running Up For Air is an endurance challenge, involving running up and down a mountain for 3, 6, 12 or 24 hours. On 31st July 2021, we are bringing Running Up For Air to you, wherever you run vert – over hills, through the mountains or even up and down the stairs.

And together we are raising awareness and funds to support 18 environmental groups who are campaigning for better air quality across Europe.

Is there a fee to take part?

Yes, it costs 20€ to take part in Running Up For Air. Your entry fee will go straight to the 18 environmental groups we support.

Do I need to fundraise?

We want to raise as much money as possible for the environmental groups and every Euro will help in the fight for clean air. That’s why everyone who takes part gets their own online sponsorship page to make fundraising as easy as possible.

How long and how far is the event?

For 2021, we are bringing Running Up For Air to you. This means you can choose to participate for 3, 6, 12 or 24 hours. Wherever you choose to run, the aim is to cover as much elevation as possible within your time.

Where does it take place?

As this is a Europe-wide endurance challenge, you can participate from anywhere within Europe.

What time does it start?

Wherever you are, the event takes place on 31st July. You should start and end your run between 6am CEST on 31st July and 6am CEST on 01 Aug.

Can I take part with a team?

Yes, you can sign up and fundraise as a team and there will be teams participating at locations across Europe, where it is safe and permitted to do so. Please check local restrictions on outdoor groups before taking part.

Is it safe to run for up to 24 hours?

We can’t offer medical advice about what your body is and is not capable of. For guidance, please speak to your doctor. Whatever length you are running, remember to listen to your body and prepare wisely. This includes ensuring you have access to plenty of fluid along your route, enough food, suitable clothing, a light source and a fully charged mobile phone.

What should I wear?

Please check your local weather forecast and dress for the conditions, with warm layers. Even on a sunny midsummer day, the higher you climb, the colder it will feel.

What should I pack in my kit?

Trail running often takes you to places with changeable weather. We recommend you bring the following kit with you:

  • Appropriate footwear for loose or rough terrain
  • One litre of water (minimum)
  • Enough food / nutrition to sustain you 
  • First aid kit
  • Head torch with spare battery
  • Lightweight, warm layers
  • Emergency bivvy sack or blanket
  • Waterproof pants and jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hat or neck warmer
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Map of your intended route
  • Compass

Will I get a prize?

Everyone who signs up to complete Running Up For Air will receive a bespoke RUFA embroidered patch. This will arrive in the post at the address you inputted upon registration approximately 1-2 weeks after the live event date. These patches are being created especially for this event and show that you have completed the RUFA challenge whilst also raising awareness and funds to support 18 clean air groups. They are sew on so you can have as a new addition to your running pack for future trail runs.

Is there a minimum age to take part?

Yes, you should be 18 or over on 31st July 2021 in order to participate.

How do I find my unique fundraising page?

When you register to take part, you will create an account. Log in and hover the cursor over your name in the top right corner of the page. Now you will see the ‘Fundraising Page’ link.

You can also search for your page on the website. And your email confirmation includes the link to your page.

How can I pay my fundraising money to the groups?

The money you raise will help groups across Europe to campaign for clean air - and for that we are hugely grateful. All donations made to your Funraisin page will be transferred to the groups automatically, so you don’t need to do anything.

How can people donate to me?

Either share the link to your page with them or ask them to search for you on the site. Here they can quickly and easily donate to you.

Do coronavirus restrictions apply to the event?

Yes. We have built Running Up For Air 2021 so that people can take part in a safe way. However, you should check local restrictions before taking part and comply with them on the day.

How do I win?

The leader board will be updated throughout the challenge day (31st July 2021). This will be an elevation leader board with filters for time and distance.

How can I share my pictures?

When posting images to social media, please use #RunningUpForAir and (as long as your profile is open) they will be automatically displayed on the Running Up For Air site.

How do I record my run on July 31st?

Log in to the Running Up For Air platform and you will see the tab 'My Fitness Activity' on your page.

When you have completed the challenge, please manually fill in the 'Add Activity' box, including your distance, elevation, duration and perhaps even an image taken on your run. Throughout the day, the elevation leader boards will be regularly updated so don’t forget to check back in.

You will not be able to sync fitness trackers directly with the Running Up For Air platform, but if you are also recording and sharing your run on apps such as Strava, Garmin, Suunto or komoot then please use the #RunningUpForAir so that your community can see why you’re running!



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