Run for the Planet – Help NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS set two Guinness World Records!

by Sandra Foyt on September 17, 2012

in Service Projects

Run and recycle to help National Geographic Kids claim two Guinness World Records!

Through the magazine’s Run for the Planet program, in coordination with the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Healthy Kids Fun Run, people all over the world will attempt to set the Guinness World Records achievement for the most people to run 100 meters in 24 hours. Participants will also send in athletic shoes to National Geographic Kids, which will be tied together to break the record for the longest chain of shoes, then recycled into athletic surfaces such as basketball courts and running tracks.

Run for the planet shoe chain

Runners (or walkers) can complete their 100 meters anytime between 12 noon ET, Friday, Oct. 26, and 12 noon ET Saturday, Oct. 27. Although many participants will be collecting athletic shoes during that period, shoes can be sent to National Geographic Kids now until Nov. 9. Five thousand participants are needed to set the running record; the current shoe chain record stands at 24,962. Children, families, schools, sports clubs and other groups are encouraged to help set both Guinness World Records titles.

“Children’s response to set National Geographic Kids’ sixth and seventh Guinness World Records titles is extraordinary,” said Melina Bellows, executive vice president and chief creative officer of National Geographic Books, Kids and Family. “Tens of thousands of people have already pledged online to take part in 100-meter runs, and we’re making room for thousands of shoes.”

The athletic shoes will go to Nike Reuse-A-Shoe, which recycles shoes into materials to build athletic surfaces such as tennis courts and playgrounds. If this year’s goal of 12,500 pairs is met, it will be enough to recycle into five basketball courts.

Run for the Planet supports first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which encourages kids and families to get healthy and active. To pledge to participate and get official rules for both record attempts, as well as a FREE downloadable Super-Awesome Fun Pack, go to National Geographic Kids – Run for the Planet.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Dave @ Adventures by Daddy September 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

This is fantastic Sandra! Thanks for sharing. I’ll make sure to run with my girls, and I have some shoes to send along too. Dave
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Sandra Foyt September 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

Daddy & Daughter running – that warms my heart!

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