Middle Earth March

1350 Miles to Destroy the One Ring!

Follow in the footsteps of everyones favorite hobbit, to restore peace to the people of Middle Earth. This precious challenge retraces the route of Frodo and Sam from Bag End to Mt. Doom

The Epic Adventure

It’s hard to imagine or appreciate just how far Frodo and Sam ventured to destroy the one ring. In the Lord of the Rings films, we are helped to appreciate the vastness of the journey with beautiful sweeping camera shots across mountains and plains. But it is not until you walk the actual distance that you can fully appreciate just how far our heroes journeyed. 

 

From The Shire, to Bree, through the Misty Mountains, on to Rohan, and finally Mt. Doom at Mordor, this epic journey spanned 1350 miles! 

So pack your steel, befriend a wizard and don’t forget second breakfast, because this challenge will be sure to  keep you and your fellowship busy for a while. Will you complete the journey, and cast the ring into the mountain lava, securing ultimate bragging rights? Or will you surrender to the challenge, hoping someone else takes up the charge? We know you can do it, and we will be here to help! 

LOTR Fast Facts

One Long Trilogy

The three films total 11:23:59, which is 11.4 hours. However, had it been cut as a single film, it would have run 11:06:56 accounting for not needing to watch the credits two extra times.

Frodo the Wise

The name "Frodo" comes from Old English, with fród meaning "wise by experience". There is also a connection to a character from Norse mythology known as Fróði. The character is also referenced in Beowulf, where it is spelled in Old English as Froda.

Age is Just a Number

In the show, Frodo is 33 when he leaves the shire on his journey. But in the books, he is 50 at the time of his departure!

Earth Based

Arda, the world of Middle earth is modeled after our own Earth. That means Frodo's Journey, and our own Middle Earth March, is a similar distance as walking from Miami to new York City.

How To Complete The Challenge

  • Sign up using the buttons around this page
  • Walk, Run, Bike or Swim your desired distance
  • Track your distance using a run logger app or the old fashioned way
  • Periodically fill out the distance updater by following the link below
  • Check back often to view the updated status list

New High Quality Swag Coming Soon!

Middle Earth March Entry

The Complete Package
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  • Entry to the Challenge
  • Digital Bib for you to Print at Home
  • IFA T-shirt
  • Middle Earth March logo water bottle or tumbler
  • The Hobbit book donation to school or library

How Your Challenge Helps

Supporting Schools and Local Libraries

Every entry to this challenge purchases a copy of The Hobbit, for a local school or library. The Hobbit was required reading for many Americans growing up, and should continue to be a staple of the classroom. By participating in this challenge, we hope to keep it that way, all the while inspiring the next generation of Lord of the Rings fans! 

Send Us Your Progress Update

FAQ

Anything that covers distance can be logged! Just keep track of how far you have gone and it can count! 

Treadmills and in place activities are also a great way to participate

Keep track of the miles you run using an application like log my run or your GPS enabled fitness tracker. Then visit the challenge page for the specific challenge and follow the entry instructions there.

Entry fees range based on the event type and duration, as well as the swag included in entry. Some races to support charity are free with an encouraged donation, while some of our longest challenges can cost up to $100

Absolutely! A mile that you walk or run can count towards any number of events and races. Just report them to us separately. 

Nothing. A cheater is only cheating himself. All of our challenges are not officially competitive, so if a user were to cheat, he would be doing himself a disservice. 

A Race is a limited time event, over a shorter distance. Races include placement among other racers and a posted results page. 

A challenge is  long term individual goal, like walking the total distance of the Florida Keyes. These can take anywhere from a month to over a year. 

New events are teased on the home page before being opened for public registration. New events are typically made available on the 15th of each month, and remain open for several months. 

In the case of races, the window may be much narrower, often lasting a month or less for registration and participation. 

We will post an update to the race page with results following each race and challenge. We will also have a dedicated results page on the website.