In celebration of Earth Day and International Day for Biodiversity 2024, join us for a virtual marathon to invest in your health and in your planet. That's right, a marathon. But don't worry — you have one month to complete it! Run, walk, bike, or even participate in wellness options like meditation or yoga to support the endangered red panda between April 22nd and May 22nd!
Win a beautiful painting by a local Nepalese artist by raising the most funds for red panda conservation! Winner may select one of the four paintings listed below.
Second place wins a large RPN merch bundle, including a stainless steel water bottle, tote bag, organic tea, and more!
Third place wins a small RPN merch bundle, including organic tea and a tote bag!
All registrations of $100 or more will get a free Run for Red Panda t-shirt.
“Nature’s Dance: Where Bamboo and Red Panda Converge”
Artist Name: Nabin Maharjan
Address: Kathmandu, Nepal
Occupation: Artist
Painting Description
Title: “Nature’s Dance: Where Bamboo and Red Panda Converge”
Main message: The lovable face of a red panda, representing the precarious balance between creatures and their ecosystem, is intertwined with the beautiful arcs of bamboo, representing resilience and adaptability.
Approx. Size of Canvas:
Length 41 inches (104 cm)
Width 30 inches (76 cm)
“Tears: A Cry for Help”
Artist Name: Mukunda Prayas
Address: Dhankuta district, Nepal
Occupation: Artist, Poet
Painting Description
Title: “Tears: A Cry for Help”
Main message: The painting shows a solitary red panda gazing out with eyes filled with sadness and appeal to preserve their home and protect their heart.
The poem in the Painting translates as:
“My world has become smaller as time pushes and further pushes. I am constantly looking for a piece of light on the earth. Ssss sss Look at me quietly, Watch me from a distance”.
Approx. Size of Canvas:
Length 41 inches (104 cm)
Width 30 inches (76 cm)
Red Panda Painting: “Red Panda Having a Moment”
Artist Name: Salina Rai
Address: Mai Pokhari, Ilam, Nepal
Occupation: Student
Painting Description
Title: “Red Panda Having a Moment”
Main message: This painting shows an elusive red panda indulging in a bamboo feast showcasing the serene beauty of its natural behavior.
Approx. Size of Canvas:
Length 41 inches (104 cm)
Width 30 inches (76 cm)
Red Panda Painting: “The Essence of Compassion: Embracing the Red Panda’s Values”
Artist Name: Kaji Rana Magar
Address: Ilam, Nepal
Occupation: Artist
Painting Description
Title: “The Essence of Compassion: Embracing the Red Panda’s Values”
Main message: In this painting, with eyes full of warmth, the red panda compels us to delve deeper into its world and understand the essence it represents. This painting is trying to give the message of its existence value in the ecosystem rather than monetary which people often misunderstand.
Approx. Size of Canvas:
Length 41 inches (104 cm)
Width 30 inches (76 cm)
You can participate in this challenge by doing pretty much anything that elevates your heart rate. This includes walking, running, cycling or any of your favorite fitness activities! Just make sure to log it! For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART below.

For more information on tracking your distance or setting up tracking devices please refer to the ‘How It Works’ and ‘FAQ's’ sections below.
This challenge will not only encourage you to engage in physical fitness activities, but also practice healthy wellness habits! Check out the MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART below to learn more and use the Log Activity button at the top or in the site menu to earn points for each activity logged.
Campaign Engagement
This campaign offers numerous ways to get involved and earn points! Whether you’re posting in the scrapbook, leaving comments, chatting with others, or sending invitation emails, every action counts. Refer to the CAMPAIGN ENGAGEMENT POINTS CHART below to see how each activity earns points and start participating now to boost your score.
COMPLETED: 5,700 points
TARGET: 250,000 points
COMPLETED: 6,183 miles
TARGET: 1,400 miles
RAISED: $ 11,357
TARGET: $ 10,000
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Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.

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Red pandas play a critical role in conserving the Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forest—one of our planet's biodiversity hotspots that supports over 500 million people! They are a flagship species that acts as an ambassador for protecting this important ecoregion.

They are also an indicator and umbrella species: their conservation has landscape-level impacts. Like an umbrella, red panda conservation protects the entire ecoregion, including the forests and wildlife.

Unfortunately, red pandas are in a race for survival. Our planet has lost half of its wild red pandas in just 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. In Nepal, red pandas are threatened by habitat loss and illegal poaching.

By participating in Run for Red Pandas you are directly supporting community-based red panda conservation programs in Nepal and helping us save this unique, important, endangered species from extinction. The virtual marathon begins on Earth Day (April 22nd) and ends on International Day for Biodiversity (May 22nd).
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, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), 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.

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How do I change or switch my team?

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