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Winter Solstice Run


Winter Solstice Run 2015

The 2015 Winter Solstice Run is an ultra-run of 40 miles through the day of Winter Solstice (December 19), raising awareness and funds to support On The Ground’s Project Congo. Project Congo concentrates on gender equality and raising awareness about the key issues faced by coffee farming families in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Initiatives will promote peace and gender equality while highlighting inspirational people and their stories. The work aims to break the chains of poverty and conflict while supporting women empowerment groups in coffee communities of the region.

Curious what running 40 miles for great cause looks like? Check out this awesome video created during last year’s 2014 Winter Solstice Run.


2014 Winter Solstice Run Video by Sophie Plummer and Hunter Burgtorf

Hosted by OTG Partner, Amavida of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and OTG Director, Dan Bailey.

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Learn More about the 2015 Winter Solstice Run

What? Where? Why? When? How? What?

winter solstice runThe Winter Solstice Run is an all-day ultra-run, starting at sunrise, continuing 40 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests until sunset. This is all about fun, adventure and camaraderie – it’s not a race! It also has served as training for Run Across Ethiopia, Run Across Palestine and most recently Run Across Congo participants. The annual runs have occurred during both the summer and winter solstices, ranging from 30-40 miles during the shortest days and shortest nights of the year. For some this will be the first of their Solstice Runs, for others it may be their 8th! This will be one of the most amazing life experiences you have, join us and together we will make a difference for women in the DRC!

Distance Options

The Run offers four options:

  • 40 miles – The whole shebang. Start at sunrise and finish at sunset!
  • 20 miles – Half-Solstice option: Finish with the team and run the last 20 miles!
  • Relay – Four runners each run a 10 mile leg (4 per team)!
  • The Final 10 – Finish with the team and run the last 10 miles!

Following the run, join fellow participants in a post-run celebration on the beach and a dip in the ocean during sunset.


Santa Rosa Beach, Florida – The Winter Solstice Run begins at sunrise from the westernmost point of Scenic Hwy 30A and continues 40 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests, until sunset.


The Winter Solstice Run is raising awareness and funds for OTG’s Project Congo. Participating runners are asked to raise $1000 each. To learn more about each runner and what motivates them to run for change please visit their Razoo campaigns!


The Winter Solstice Run will take place at sunrise, Saturday, December 19, 2015. Participating runners will have approximately 12 hours to finish the 40 miles. (That’s a minimum pace of about 18 minutes per mile)

How much does is cost?

There’s not a registration fee for The Winter Solstice Run. Instead participating runners are asked to solicit pledges from friends and family to support Project Congo – a goal of $1,000 per runner, but all contributions are welcome. Funds will go directly to OTG’s Project Congo supporting women’s empowerment programs in the eastern region of the DRC.

What do runners get in return?

The personal gratification of completing a run equivalent to about 1 ½ marathons. What do runners win? Personal growth, gratification, and a new group of wild and adventurous running comrades.