Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Charity Miles: too good to be true?

Today I finally researched something pretty interesting that I've been hearing about: Charity Miles. It's actually pretty awesome. I'm surprised it's not more popular.

Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to our initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool.
Simply turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you exercise, we'll track your distance and the money earned.

You download the app, choose a charity (from the 22 choices), and tell it whether you're running/walking or biking. It tracks your mileage via GPS and tells you how much money is donated to the charity you chose based on the distance. The only downside is that, since it works off GPS, you can't earn mileage from the treadmill or stationary bike.

Since I just discovered this today, I can't really speak to its integrity or how well it works, but in theory, it's an awesome idea.

Sara McLachlin would be proud to know that I plan on selecting the ASPCA as my charity of choice.

Runner, walker, and biker friends, have you heard of Charity Miles? 

If so, would you recommend it?


  1. I have heard of it, but haven't really bothered to look into it, I guess I should if it is sending money to good causes!

  2. Like Christy- I've heard of it, but haven't looked into it. I did join the "Plus 3 Network" (thanks to a Running Warehouse promotion/contest) which sounds like the same idea. Except my chosen charity was the "Wilderness Land Trust"

  3. I have heard of this but haven't gotten the app yet. Not sure why. In my area, my phone GPS often doesn't lock on:( Plus my phone never locks on when I hike. But, I guess it is worth it when I am in GPS areas:)