Ride, Run, Walk, Yoga for Japan :: Plus 3 Network Gives You the Power to Help with Your Workouts

The Plus 3 Network is going the extra mile to do good this week. The fundraising site is offering participants an opportunity to raise money for Japan’s earthquake victims simply by working out.

Plus 3 is an online community that matches sponsors to causes while giving individuals the opportunity to raise funds for their favorite charity simply by working out. It is free to join and participate in the Plus 3 network. All funds are donated by Sponsors.

Individuals can record their workouts (typically using a Garmin device) and with each hour or mile logged, the sponsor will donate money to the cause. Sponsors such as SRAM, Ritchey, Sidi, Voler, Pedro’s and Asics donate to Causes include Bikes Belong, the Breast Cancer Fund, American Cancer Society and Team Rwanda.

Right now Plus 3 is matching, at $10 to $1, any Activity you enter this week and tag with the word Japan. Plus 3 will make a donation to the American Red Cross on Friday, or when a goal of $5,000 is reached, whichever comes first.

It’s easy to sign up, and free to be a part of the Plus 3 community. Once you become a member, enter your workouts and tag your entries with Japan and help use your healthy exercise to send aid to the people of Japan.

Activities include cycling, running, yoga, swimming, skiing, walking.

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See all the Activities Tagged with Japan so far: Click Me.

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If you just want to donate to the Red Cross, Click Me.

About Plus 3:

Mileage Rewards for Health, Fitness & Fun

Plus 3 Network is a mobile, GPS-enhanced social network that connects people with corporate sponsors and worthwhile causes on a lasting journey of personal fitness and charitable giving.

Making It Count

Plus 3 makes the world a healthier and better place by helping its members lead healthier better lives. Plus 3 Network will count millions of daily rides, runs, walks, or swims as mileage-rewarded fundraising. We are the social network that actively manages, motivates, validates, and rewards our members for participating in fitness activities. Plus 3 links our members with corporate sponsors and non-profits in a shared goal of worthwhile giving. Making It Count is our phrase for this process of bringing people, causes, and sponsors together for the good of everyone.

The Story

In 2007 Rick, Jon, and Steve — three of the guys who formed a sports marketing company named GaleForce in the early 1990’s — had an idea to create a bicycling-rewards program to encourage people to ride more and get out of their cars . Rick called up a guy named Joe, who was working in the cell phone world and had worked with Rick, to share The Idea. The three sports-biz-guys-plus one-tech-guy team shaped The Idea into a global vision that includes gadgets and the internet to build a system that motivates healthy lifestyles by collecting exercise activities and, with the financial support of Sponsors, Plus 3 puts a value on it — literally turning “sweat equity into social capital.”

What we see: our future is about Making It Count. We plan to collect exercise activities from all kinds of devices, indoors and out, from hand-entered to GPS to pedometers, treadmills, and cell phones, building up a partner network of Sponsors and Causes so we can all work together towards that great Win/Win/Win: Fitness + Community + Advocacy.

But Why Plus 3? Why not Plus 4 or Plus 11?

First, Plus 2 was already taken. But like a good name for a rock band, there are many answers, some true, and some a yarn. Stick with us and we’ll unveil a few. For Spinal Tap fans, we are just “One Louder” than plain old 3…

Meanwhile, let’s Rock!

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