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Move over, 5Ks. Earthathon is a 25,000-mile race with a digital twist.

Do you have what it takes to race around the world? Yes. Yes, you do.

Move over, 5Ks. Earthathon is a 25,000-mile race with a digital twist.

Runners are always looking for their next big challenge.

Between death-defying obstacle courses, zombie chases, beer miles, and foam races, there's truly a race for every athlete.


A man celebrates during The Color Run, a popular race series where participants are showered with colored powder. Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images for The Color Run.

This month, 1,500 runners took off on the ultimate challenge: a 25,000-mile race.

This is not your average run. No race bibs. No timing chips. No bananas at the finish. In fact, there's not even a starting line. Say what?!

Nope. Nothing like this. Shut it down. Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images.

It's called Earthathon, and it's a worldwide digital relay race.

Runners from all over the world register for free, join one of 10 teams, and run wherever and whenever they please. Each participant logs their miles on Twitter using their team name and the hashtag #earthathon. Then the teams, each around 150 runners strong, can see their rankings and duke it out on the Earthathon website.

More than a race, Earthathon is basically a sweaty support group for life.

As runners tweet their mileage, their international teammates offer plenty of virtual support and motivation.

Since running is so often a solitary sport, Earthathon provides the chance for athletes of all abilities to come together and work toward an ambitious goal.

Dave Spencer, Earthathon founder, told Runner's World Newswire, "It goes way beyond running. The people doing it have created a group of friends from around the world."

And some of the runners are putting in miles to bring extra attention to important issues, too.

To them, the race is much bigger than a simple workout. One team, known as #HeForSheRunners, is "a derivative of the #HeForShe solidarity movement for #GenderEquality."

Others run for loved ones or combine the program with existing fundraisers for medical research or charities.

The race is long, and getting to the finish is all about teamwork.

The 25,000-mile journey usually takes teams five to six months to complete, and when one team finishes, its members join other groups to help them across the finish line, too. It's basically a 21st-century version of this:

This Italian marathoner was helped across the finish line in the 1908 Olympics and was disqualified. There are no penalties for helping out in Earthathon. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The third Earthathon is going on now, and you can still sign up.

Your dreams are waiting. Dust off those running shoes and get going. Photo by Stewart Chambers/Flickr (altered).

This is a unique opportunity to join a community of fellow athletes, runners, joggers, and walkers from around the world ... and to raise awareness for causes that matter to you! If you're ready for the race of a lifetime, register online, lace up your shoes, and hit the road.

Jimmy Fallon #MyFamilyIsWeird.

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is when we get the pleasure of spending way more time than we’re used to with our families. For those of us who’ve moved away from our immediate families, the holidays are a great time to reacquaint ourselves with old traditions and to realize that some of them may be a little strange.

Every family seems to have its own brand of weirdness. In fact, I wouldn’t trust anyone who says that their family is completely normal.

On November 18, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon gave everyone a reason to celebrate their unique families by asking them to share their favorite stories under #MyFamilyIsWeird. The responses were everything from odd holiday traditions to family members that may have a screw (or two!) loose.

Here are 17 of the funniest responses.

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The day was scorching hot, but the weather wasn’t going to stop a Star Wars Stormtrooper from handing out school supplies to a long line of eager children. “You guys don’t have anything illegal back there - any droids or anything?” the Stormtrooper asks, making sure he was safe from enemies before handing over a colorful backpack to a smiling boy.

The man inside the costume is Yuri Williams, founder of AFutureSuperhero And Friends, a Los Angeles nonprofit that uplifts and inspires marginalized people with small acts of kindness.

Yuri’s organization is one of four inaugural grant winners from the Upworthy Kindness Fund, a joint initiative between Upworthy and GoFundMe that celebrates kindness and everyday actions inspired by the best of humanity. This year, the Upworthy Kindness Fund is giving $100,000 to grassroots changemakers across the world.

To apply, campaign organizers simply tell Upworthy how their kindness project is making a difference. Between now and the end of 2021, each accepted individual or organization will receive $500 towards an existing GoFundMe and a shout-out on Upworthy.

Meet the first four winners:

1: Balance Dance Project: This studio aims to bring accessible dance to all in the Sacramento, CA area. Lead fundraiser Miranda Macias says many dancers spend hours a day at Balance practicing contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and ballet. Balance started a GoFundMe to raise money to cover tuition for dancers from low-income communities, buy dance team uniforms, and update its facility. The $500 contribution from the Kindness Fund nudged Balance closer to its $5,000 goal.

2: Citizens of the World Mar Vista Robotics Team: In Los Angeles, middle school teacher James Pike is introducing his students to the field of robotics via a Lego-building team dedicated to solving real-world problems.

James started a GoFundMe to crowdfund supplies for his students’ team ahead of the First Lego League, a school-against-school matchup that includes robotics competitions. The team, James explained, needed help to cover half the cost of the pricey $4,000 robotics kit. Thanks to help from the Upworthy Kindness Fund and the generosity of the Citizens of the World Middle School community, the team exceeded its initial fundraising goal.

Citizens of the World Mar Vista Robotics Team video update youtu.be

3: Black Fluidity Tattoo Club: Kiara Mills and Tann Parker want to fix a big problem in the tattoo industry: there are too few Black tattoo artists. To tackle the issue, the duo founded the Black Fluidity Tattoo Club to inspire and support Black tattooers. While the Brooklyn organization is open to any Black person, Kiara and Tann specifically want to encourage dark-skinned artists to train in an affirming space among people with similar identities.

To make room for newcomers, the club recently moved into a larger studio with a third station for apprentices or guest artists. Unlike a traditional fundraiser that supports the organization exclusively, Black Fluidity Tattoo Club will distribute proceeds from GoFundMe directly to emerging Black tattoo artists who are starting their own businesses. The small grants, supported in part with a $500 contribution from the Upworthy Kindness Fund, will go towards artists’ equipment, supplies, furnishings, and other start-up costs.

4: AFutureSuperhero And Friends’ “Hope For The Holidays”: Founder Yuri Williams is fundraising for a holiday trip to spread cheer to people in need across all fifty states.

Along with collaborator Rodney Smith Jr., Yuri will be handing out gifts to children, adults, and animals dressed as a Star Wars’ Stormtrooper, Spiderman, Deadpool, and other movie or comic book characters. Starting this month, the crew will be visiting children with disabilities or serious illnesses, bringing leashes and toys to animal shelters for people taking home a new pet, and spreading blessings to unhoused people—all while in superhero costume. This will be the third time Yuri and his nonprofit have taken this journey.

AFutureSuperhero started a GoFundMe in July to cover the cost of gifts as well as travel expenses like hotels and rental cars. To help the nonprofit reach its $15,000 goal, the Upworthy Kindness Fund contributed $500 towards this good cause.

Think you qualify for the fund? Tell us how you’re bringing kindness to your community. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis from now through the end of 2021. For questions and more information, please check out our FAQ's and the Kindness Toolkit for resources on how to start your own kindness fundraiser.

Bono, Dave Grohl, Ariana Grande

Director Peter Jackson’s new 468-minute Beatles documentary “Get Back” is a landmark achievement. It’s an in-depth, warts-and-all glimpse into the creative process of four of the most important musicians and cultural figures of the past 100 years.

The crazy thing is that’s not even an overstatement. Watching the Beatles pull tunes from the ether and then work them into some of the most enduring songs in the history of popular music is revelatory.

Like when Paul McCartney strums his way into writing “Get Back.”

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