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A virtual event with a tree-mendous difference

Following on from the success of their 5K virtual event, exercise and activity specialists Fitnessat58degrees have now 'branched out' to host a 10K virtual event – with a difference.

Working in partnership with the charity Trees for Life UK to help 'rewild' the Scottish Highlands, the Kingussie-based business will plant one tree in the Fitnessat58degrees grove for each and every entry received for their ‘10K Virtual Treeathlon’.

“Not only will you be improving yourself mentally and physically and have something to focus on,” by taking part, organisers say, you will also be “helping the planet in the process!”

Unlike many virtual events that can be done in a runner’s own time, the 10K Virtual Treeathlon will have a common build-up and start – giving a lockdown-friendly solo run great ‘community vibe’.

Treeathlon participants will all set off at 12 noon on Saturday, 30 May – just after a warm-up delivered live on Facebook by Fitnessat58degrees instructor Sam Cairns.

Runners can take part in the virtual event from anywhere in the world, but are asked to respect relevant government guidelines when doing so. They can also choose their own 10k routes, as well as their own pace.

After the run there’ll be an Instagram live run summary and plenty of chat – a great opportunity to feel part of something after weeks of solo running.

All participants in the 10K Virtual Treeathlon will receive a certificate to commemorate the planting of their tree, as well as a personal video message from Sam Cairns.

Entries are limited to just 250 and close on 29 May.

Image: Trees for Life UK

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