Complete as many reps as you can in 2 minutes each day during the month of May and fundraise to help save lives!
When you register for the 2-Minute Fitness Challenge, you’ll receive a FREE Red Cross workout towel. Once registered, work toward raising at least $75 to support our home fire relief work by asking your friends and family to support you. Once you raise $75, you’ll earn a Red Cross 2-Minute Fitness Challenge tank top. Items available while supplies last; shipping in the US only.
What is the 2-Minute Fitness Challenge?
The 2-Minute Fitness Challenge is a virtual event hosted on Facebook that encourages participants to get active, fundraise to help those impacted by home fires, and interact with others taking on the challenge. Participants will complete as many reps as they can in 2 minutes each day (e.g., sit ups, push-ups, jump rope) during the month of May and record that they’ve completed their daily 2 minutes.
Why 2 Minutes?
2 minutes may be how long you have to escape from a home fire before it’s too late. The American Red Cross responds on average to more than 60,000 disasters every year and the vast majority are home fires. Home fires are a significant threat to our communities, claiming seven lives every day in the U.S. And unlike natural disasters, home fires are largely preventable through fire safety education and preparedness.
The Red Cross educates at-risk communities on home fire preparedness through Sound the Alarm and this spring we invite you to support this effort by fundraising and spreading awareness about home fire safety during this fitness challenge.
So, while you are taking on those 2 minutes of exercise, we hope you’ll remember what those 2 minutes represent. By fundraising, you are helping save lives from home fires.
How the Challenge Works
Register: A registration link will be posted on April 8 for you to:
Join the Facebook Group to be part of the community
Opt into Facebook Messenger to receive information and track your progress
Create a fundraiser to help save lives
Fundraise: Once you register and create a fundraiser, you can start raising funds to help save lives! Fundraising is available as soon as you join the event.
Engage: Interact with the other participants in the Facebook 2-Minute Fitness Challenge group, ask questions, share your story, or post ideas!
Workout: Once the challenge starts on May 1, you will start working toward your personal goal and log that you’ve completed your daily 2 minutes in the group’s Facebook Messenger.
Earn: You will be eligible to receive a Red Cross workout towel when you register, and receive a 2-Minute Fitness Challenge workout tank to wear with pride when you raise $75.
Note: Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipment. Shipping within the U.S. only. Items available while supplies last.
Registration Begins April 8 - But You Can Join the Waitlist Today
The 2-Minute Fitness Challenge is a virtual event hosted on Facebook encouraging individuals or a team to complete as many exercise reps as they can in 2 minutes each day while supporting the American Red Cross. Participants will be prompted to start a Facebook fundraiser to support Home Fire Relief and log their number of minutes throughout the month. The event is hosted in a Facebook group where participants can be part of an enthusiastic and supportive online community.
What is the significance of 2 minutes?
During a home fire, 2 minutes may be all the time someone has to escape their home before it’s too late. Home fires are a significant threat to our communities, claiming seven lives every day. And unlike natural disasters, home fires are largely preventable through fire safety education and preparedness. Each spring the Red Cross educates communities on home fire preparedness, and we are inviting you to help us through fundraising and spreading awareness about home fire safety while you take on this fitness challenge.
When does it start?
You can join the waitlist now by completing the form on this page. Registration and fundraising begin April 8 and tracking your daily 2 minutes of reps starts May 1.
What types of exercises count toward the daily 2 minutes of reps?
You can choose any exercise you wish. Suggestions include sit-ups or crunches, push-ups, burpees, jump rope, or just about any other activity that can be repeated for 2 minutes a day. You’re free to choose what you like best or to challenge yourself to something new.
Do I receive anything for participating?
Yes, we are excited to offer all registrants a free Red Cross workout towel. Participants must opt-in to Messenger to be eligible. Instructions are posted in the Facebook Group and accessible after registration is completed. Towels are only available while supplies last and can be shipped within the U.S. only. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.
Do I receive anything for fundraising?
Yes, participants who raise at least $75 will be eligible to receive a free 2-Minute Fitness Challenge tank top. Eligible participants will be prompted for their shipping information in Facebook Messenger. Incentives are only available while supplies last and can only be shipped within the U.S. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.
When and how do I log my minutes?
You’ll be able to start logging your daily two minutes on May 1. You will be notified though Facebook Messenger when rep tracking is available. Log your minutes in Messenger by typing “Menu,” then enter, and click the “Record Activity" button, then enter your achieved minutes, and click the word "Submit." Please note that the menu has multiple tiles.
What happens if I don’t complete 2 minutes every day?
There is no requirement to complete 2 minutes every day. We encourage participants to do their best and have fun while raising funds to support people and communities impacted by home fires.
How do we compete as a team?
When you register in Messenger, you will be prompted to take on the challenge solo or as a team. Follow the prompts to build your team.
What if my minutes are incorrect or I receive an error?
To correct your total activity in Messenger, type "Menu," then enter, click on "Record Activity" and then click "Edit my total minutes." Let us know if you still experience issues.
Why haven’t I received my workout towel?
If you registered for the challenge in Messenger, we have your details and will send your workout towel soon. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. If you haven't already registered in Messenger, please do, so we have your address!
My fundraiser has hit $75. Why haven’t I received my tank top?
Thank you for raising such an amazing amount, you're awesome! If you registered for the challenge in Messenger, then we already have your shipping details and will be sending out your tank top soon. Please allow at least 4-6 weeks for delivery. If you haven't already registered in Messenger, please do, so we have your address to send you your tank top. Shipping is only available within the U.S.
What do I do if I started a Facebook fundraiser for American Red Cross but not specifically for the challenge?
If you created a fundraiser outside of the 2-Minute Fitness Challenge, please reach out to us at P2PFundraising@redcross.org for assistance. Any funds raised will still qualify for the tank top incentive. Thanks for supporting our mission!
Who can I reach out to with questions not answered here?
By fundraising through the 2-Minute Fitness Challenge, the money you raise will help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires. You can also protect your family by testing your smoke alarms monthly and practicing your 2-minute fire escape drill. Learn more at SoundTheAlarm.org.
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