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Marathon runner appeals for support with GPS image

Marathon runner appeals for support with GPS image

How do you make your sponsored marathon run stand out from the thousands of other people’s efforts?

Jenny Rice, a student at Kingston University, has managed to do just that by “writing” her appeal for support into the landscape using a GPS wristwatch.

The effect is “skywriting in reverse” according to Runner’s World.

It took her 70 minutes to record her route as she ran with a GPS watch, a Garmin Forerunner 205. She then used to create the map.

Even better, she has demonstrated all this via YouTube.

You can make out her appeal:

“Hello I am running in the 2009 Flora for ICYE [Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange]

Please sponsor me… ”

A remarkable mashup of GPS, fundraising and media.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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