June 05, 2020

Runs for Cookies Annual Summer Run/Walk Challenge for 2020!

Can you believe how fast summer is approaching?!

The summer solstice (official beginning of summer) is Saturday, June 20th at 5:43 PM (ET). If you've been following my blog for a while, then you know I post an annual challenge for the summer--from the summer solstice to the fall equinox.

I've created a checklist of runs (or walks) to try to complete each summer. I have to say, it's definitely a challenge--I've never done it myself! Hahaha. Each year, I make the goal to complete the list, but I haven't done it yet.

In 2020, I'm still making that goal--I WILL complete the checklist!

This year, I'd like to implement a point system--you earn one point for each of the items on the list, and an extra point if you post a picture of the run/walk to the Facebook group (some sort of "proof"), and whoever has the most points at the end will win a prize of some sort (to be determined... I'll probably buy a few Amazon gift cards). The winner(s) will have to provide proof of each run/walk by posting a photo on the Runs for Cookies Summer Challenge Facebook page.

If you're new to this annual challenge, it's basically a checklist of runs or walks (you choose) to complete between the summer solstice and the fall equinox in September. This year, there are 56 items on the list. Some of them need to be completed on certain days and others can be done anytime.

Here are printer-friendly versions of the checklists (they are basically the same list, except one is for running and one is for walking):

Runs for Cookies Summer Running Checklist 2020

Runs for Cookies Summer Walking Checklist 2020

This year, because of the points system, the runs/walks may NOT be combined (for example: running over a bridge in the evening with your dog and even splits cannot be counted as four runs... you just have to choose one of those).

Things may change a little between now and when it actually starts, but I wanted to get this checklist up now. I am working on a calendar format of the checklist as well, so it's easier to see the runs/walks that are on specific days. I will also post the "official" rules as it gets closer.

I will update the Facebook group as the start of the challenge gets nearer. You'll have to answer a question to request to join, and I'll accept you as soon as possible. The group is private, meaning only the people in the group can see what you post.

And if you do post about the challenge on social media, PLEASE use the hashtag #CookiesSummerChallenge and/or tag me @runsforcookies. I love to follow along with the posts! (Please note that if your account is private, I may not see it; I try to comment on all of the ones that I'm able to.)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/runsforcookies
Instagram: www.instagram.com/runsforcookies
Twitter: www.twitter.com/runsforcookies

I'm excited to see how many people we get this year! It was super fun to see all the photos last year.


  1. I have looked at this challenge for years now! I’ve always thought about doing it!!!! This year I’m doing it!!! No ifs ands of bits! I need the challenge and more specifically a set ‘goal’! Can we do the running AND the walking challenge though???? Lol. I’m having a hard time deciding which to do!!

    1. Yes, since they are the same workouts, you can choose whether to run or walk them ;)

  2. Hi Katie,
    thanks so much for the Summer Challenge again, I am determined to finish it this year! I am a bit confused though about the Strawberry Full Moon Walk. I just looked up the dated walks as I live in Europe and therefore the times vary. All the resources I found told that the Strawberry Full Moon already happened on June 5th. Could you please help me out?
    Here is one link: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/strawberry-full-moon-2020-scn/index.html

    All the best from Vienna, Austria

    1. You are right! I may have accidentally left that on there from last year. Thanks for pointing that out--I'll edit the list! :)


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