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Prizes are being offered during the 5-week MADras Runner Challenge, which runs from April 13 to May 10.

BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - A dedicated group of 44 runners take off from the starting line of the Canyon Rumble Frozen Half Marathon. Now the MADras Runners are challenging local runners to a five-week event.The MADras Runners group is looking to motivate people to get outside — with safety in mind — exercise, help themselves to better health, and help the community as well.

MADras Runner Challenge, a five-week event, will start the week of April 13 and end May 10. Each week MADras Runners will post a running and walking challenge with a new route, and participants can take to those routes at their own schedule, anytime during that week.

There is no charge to participate in the event — and you could win a prize for taking part.

Along with putting some fun into what can be, for many, a somewhat depressing time of coronavirus shutdown, the Challenge has another goal of helping local businesses. MADras Runners has purchased $300 in gift cards from local businesses and will be awarding those cards to entrants via a drawing upon the Challenge conclusion.

Anyone who participates in any of the weekly challenges is eligible to win a gift card. It doesn't matter how fast you run or walk the route. The drawings will be random.

Those who complete all four challenges will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $100 gift card to a local business. Winners will also get a free entry into the MADras Runners signature race, the Canyon Rumble Frozen Half, 5k or 10k, next winter.

Entrants will have one week to complete the weekly route, and can take on the routes at a time that fits their schedule.

To enter, participants can create a free account on the app Strava and log their run or walk on the Strava app or website. When participants record their walk or run with the Strava app, it will be recorded. MADras Runners will monitor the Strava route and record names into the drawing.

Those who don't want to mess with the app can simply take a picture of themselves on the weekly route and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The group will trust that those entrants finish the entire route.

The weekly MADrun Runners Challenge routes:

Week 1 - White Buffalo Challenge-2.3 miles

Route map - This route starts and finishes at the White Buffalo in front of Madras High School. Follow the sidewalk on Buff Street to McTaggart; run/walk past Buff Elementary toward J Street. Take the J Street sidewalk east to the paved Madras walking trail and head north. Follow the path north all the way to B Street. On B street, turn west to 10th Street. Take 10th Street past Madras Elementary all the way back to Buff Street in front of the high school. Finish at the White Buffalo on Buff Street, the same place where you started.

The other specific routes will be posted on the MADrunners website: Madrasrunners.com.

• Week 2 - Madras Trails Scramble (4.5 miles); route posted 4/19

• Week 3 - King of the Mountain (M Hill) (1.79 miles); route posted 4/26

• Week 4- Juniper Hills Shuffle (2.68 miles); route posted 5/3

• Week 5 will feature the announcement of the grand prize winner

The MADrunners encourage all participants to have fun, and follow recommended safety guideline from the CDC to help our community remain healthy during this challenging time.


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