Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Training Tip Tuesday: Charity Miles

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."
- John F. Kennedy


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to announce a new partnership with Charity Miles.  This program, which will run through June 6, 2013, is a quick and easy way to raise money for LLS and its mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. 

Here's how it works:  Download the free Charily Miles app for your iPhone or Android, register yourself, select LLS, turn it on whenever you are out walking, running or biking and Charity Miles will donate money to LLS for every mile you walk, run or bike.  Walkers and runners will rack up 25 cents for every mile and bikers will earn 10 cents a mile. 

Interested?  Please read the FAQ below for additional information and think of LLS the next time you lace up your tennis shoes!

What is Charity Miles?
Charity Miles is a free iPhone and Android app that enables people to earn money for charity while walking, running or biking.
How does it work?
Just launch the app, choose a charity and either walk, run or bike. The selected charity then earns money for every mile covered. Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all up to an initial $1,000,000.
Can I do anything other than walk, run or bike?
Absolutely! Skipping, skating, hoping, rolling and all other human-propelled activities are perfectly acceptable. The app does not feature a setting for every activity. You should just choose whatever setting (Walk, Run or Bike) that is most applicable to what you are doing.
What about driving?
No. Driving does not count. Nor do trains, airplanes or any other type of motorized vehicle.
Can the app detect cheating?
The app can usually detect "non-human" activities and will highlight them in the official reporting records.
Will the miles I record count towards my Team In Training fundraising?
The miles and money Team In Training participants rack up while training for an event will not be applied to their individual fundraising goal.
How does the app know how far I’ve gone?
Charity Miles uses your phone’s GPS to measure your distance. So, please make sure to allow the app to use your phone’s geolocation services. The app will ask for that permission when you first login. If you do not grant the permission, then the app will not work for you. If you initially declined this permission but now want to enable your geolocation services for the app, you can do so by opening your phone’s settings and then clicking the "Location Services" tab.
Will the app work indoors?
No, the app does not have the capability to track your mileage indoors.
Where does the money come from?
Charity Miles, LLC is backing the initial $1,000,000 and issuing a worldwide challenge to see if people can earn it for the charities within a year.
When does the challenge end?
The challenge will end on June 6, 2013.
What types of mobile phones is Charity Miles available on?
Charity Miles is available on iPhone and Android devices. It works on all of the most popular Android devices. However, performance may vary for some Android devices, depending on the device’s specifications. Charity Miles is not, however, available on Blackberry devices.
Why do I have to login through Facebook?
Facebook is the most reliable way for Charity Miles to authenticate your identity for your charities.  Other than that, the organization will never share your personally identifiable information with anyone or auto-post to your Facebook account. 
Where can I download Charity Miles?
Charity Miles is available to download for free in the iPhone and Android app stores.

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