Bigger Than The Trail is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that is using trail running as a platform to advocate for mental health. Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals struggling with mental health. All proceeds from this event will go towards providing online counseling services to those in need.
The 2020 BTTT Block Party is a virtual event for everyone. We ask that you run solo or with members from your household, respecting social distancing guidelines. We have distances ranging from 1 mile to 100 miles. Whatever distance you choose, you participate in the block party by stepping out of your front door and using your neighborhood block to create your unique course.
May is mental health month, and now more than ever, we want to let people know that mental health matters! Even though we can't be together physically, by registering for this event you are making a clear statement that mental health matters to you. The $20 registration fee is a tax-deductible donation that goes directly towards providing online counseling to those who need it most. The 2020 BTTT Block Party is a running event, as running is our organization's platform, but more importantly, we are fighting against the stigma of mental health.
May 16, 2020. The official kick-off will be 8:00 am CDT, but you can share your experience anytime by using the hashtags: #btttblockparty, #wearebttt, and #keepshining2020.
We may not be together in person for this event, but we will be doing everything we can to stay connected with all of you to make this experience unforgettable! We've partnered with the following companies to help make this happen: Territory Run CO., Ornery Mule, Rabbit, Kogalla, Tailwind, Inside Tracker, Nathan, Drymax, Squirrel's Nut Butter, Training For Ultra and GoPro. Below are our promises to you on race day—more details to come:
Can I run on a different day?
Local time: 12:30 PM
Yes. You can participate in this event at your convenience any time during May. The only thing you will miss out on is the "live" aspect of the event on the 16th. The BTTT block party is more about showing your support for mental health than racing. We encourage you to participate even if May 16th doesn't work for you.
Does my route have to be around my block?
No. We are encouraging you to run around your block as a unique challenge, but you are free to create whatever course you want. All that we ask is you follow whatever social distancing rules that are in place for your community.
Will results affect my Ultrasignup?
No. Being a virtual event, we don't feel it is right to make any results official. Like any block party, this is about having fun and coming together as a community.
Who is eligible for prizes/giveaways?
Anyone who registers! We will be doing giveaways based on registration as well as prizes for people who run the fastest times in each event.