Introducing iRunFar’s Operation Inspiration

The iRunFar Team launches Operation Inspiration to help keep you inspired during these trying times!

By on March 21, 2020 | Comments

Operation InspirationIn a short time, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed each of our lives. It’s easy to feel anxious, uncertain, and weary when our lifestyles and normal running are completely uprooted, when we observe the grievous pain and suffering caused by the COVID-19 virus around the world, and when we need to live in relative isolation to help combat the virus’s spread.

The iRunFar community stretches around the world. Even if you feel alone right now, we want you to know that we remain together through iRunFar and our running. Today, we launch Operation Inspiration, a collection of virtual activities and articles meant to help us stay connected, inspire one another, and find routine in our new circumstances.

Operation Inspiration’s Schedule of Events

In the coming days, we’ll roll out all the details on how to participate in each of these activities as well as our fundraising plans. Stay tuned!

Sierra La Plata - Mar 17 2020

Operation Inspiration’s Health and Safety Guidelines

As hard as it is to say out loud, we’re amidst a global health crisis. Our participation in Operation Inspiration must use the utmost care for the safety of ourselves, our community members, and our local government regulations.

In this light, we:

  • Ask you to follow all your local government requirements and guidelines;
  • Ask you to follow the social distancing and health suggestions in our article, COVID-19: A Trail Running and Ultrarunning Community Guide;
  • Discourage you from running with anyone outside your household;
  • Discourage you from traveling more than a very short distance to go for a run;
  • Discourage you from remote or risky runs that might divert healthcare professionals to your search or care; and
  • Encourage you to be creative in finding inspiring runs that have been hiding in plain sight or finding ways to make your indoor workouts more enjoyable.

How to Submit to Operation Inspiration’s Airdrops

  • From now through April 5, submit photos, videos, and stories from your inspiring runs or other workouts to operationinspiration at irunfar dot com. We’ll choose from among the submissions in our Airdrop articles.
  • Please limit submissions to 2 paragraphs of text, 3 photos (horizontal layout preferred), and/or 1 video up to 30 seconds in length (again, horizontal layout, please).
  • If your submissions are too large for email attachments, upload them to your public cloud of choice and send a cloud link as part of your email message to operationinspiration at irunfar dot com.
  • Include your name and where you live, and limit submissions to 1 per person.

By submitting, you give us permission to use your name, location, and all or part of your submission in Operation Inspiration’s Airdrop articles, related video, and sharing these works on social media. We will never use your contact information or submissions for any other purpose.

Moab Utah - February 2020

Final Thoughts

In these highly dynamic times, anything can change in the flash of an eye, so we’ll modify Operation Inspiration as needed. Whatever happens, we’ll do our best to keep the inspiration flowing!

Now, go inspire yourself and others!

– Bryon, Meghan, and the iRunFar Team

Operation Inspiration’s Brand Support

Thanks so much to Operation Inspiration’s brand partners who’ve helped make this project possible!

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.