As we are all being encouraged to embrace our {social} D I S T A N C E, this is the perfect opportunity to get your fit on and join Adult Enrichment Centers for the Strawberry Queens' challenge.

The loss of our spring fundraiser due to the current health crisis dominating the news spurred us to consider new and more creative ideas. So, as physical events and gatherings are being canceled or postponed, we decided to host a virtual event and turn a negative into a positive opportunity to bring everyone together in a socially distant manner via the virtual world! Thus, the Go the {Social} D I S T A N C E in the Queen’s Challenge was born.

The Strawberry Queens chose AEC as their charity this year and they challenge your organization or family to beat them in this race.

How far can you go? Challenge your friends and family, connect and compete with anyone nation- or world-wide as part of this safe, virtual event. Walk the dog, run your regular miles, go to the gym, do yard work, or clean house - count those miles and compete with your peer group all while raising funds to support AEC High Five and Thrive. Individuals and teams who raise the most funds or go the furthest distances will be eligible for prizes and, of course, bragging rights.

And since it is all virtual, no hand sanitizer required!

Here’s how it works:

Step One: Step up and register to participate! With your $25.00 registration fee, you are on your way to making an impact for inclusion!

Step Two: Set a fitness goal and a fundraising goal that you hope to achieve over the next four weeks - March 18-April 30, 2020.

Step Three: Get moving and track your workouts. You are welcome to walk, run, or roll!
There are three ways to track your progress:
1. Sync your fitness device (Fitbit, Apple Watch)
2. Download the free Charity Footprints app to track your progress.
3. Manually enter your miles on your event page.

Step Four: Share your personal fundraising page with everyone you know and ask them to make a contribution to Go The {Social} Distance in support of AEC and your personal goals.

You have from March 18-April 30, 2020 to rack up those miles!

Now, on to the PRIZES!

All participants who raise $250 or more will receive a FREE I’m a {Social} Distance Rock Star (with the Queens) t-shirt!

Best Overall Fundraiser:
The participant who raises the most money for Go The {Social} Distance with the Queens through their personal fundraising page will receive a Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones!

Best Overall Distance:
The participant who completes the most miles, either walking, running, or biking will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card for their tremendous effort. Every step taken during this campaign is a step toward a more inclusive world for all abilities.

Be sure to check for emails throughout the campaign for special weekly giveaways!
COMPLETED: 1,365 miles
TARGET: 50,000 miles
RAISED: $ 1,170
TARGET: $ 25,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints to support this great cause
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Click here to set-up your devices (Fitbit, Apple Watch), or download our iOS or Android apps.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
At Adult Enrichment Centers, we engage adults of all abilities in community programs that promote inclusion and independence.

Read more about the organization >>

How Your Participation Helps
By joining our virtual race you will provide health and wellness activities for#allabilities in our community - especially our High Five and Thrive members AND your friends, family and community during the social distancing required by this crisis.

By partnering with us, you are creating a positive wave of influence towards health for your employees and their families to improve their health and well-being!
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Apple Watch), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.