Marathon Training Academy, UCAN and MetPro Create Another Viral Virtual Challenge

September 21, 2020

New 100 Mile Challenge Helps Runners Stay Active

One immensely popular race has led to another for Marathon Training Academy and nutrition brand, UCAN. Just after the onset of the pandemic, the two companies launched The “Social Distancing” Run in honor of the un-run races that were being cancelled day after day. The event almost immediately went viral on social media with thousands of “likes”, comments and “shares,” and over 15,000 people registered from all 50 states and 45 countries. With the prospects of racing still bleak for 2020, MTA and UCAN are back at it again, this time offering a new challenge.

“The amazing response from our The ‘Social Distancing’ Run inspired us to launch the ‘100 Mile Challenge,’ a virtual endeavor that does an even better job at encouraging participants to get out the door and run,” says Trevor Spencer, who co-owns MTA with his wife Angie Spencer. Runners in the 100 Mile Challenge are tasked with running 100 miles between now and the end of the year, whether that takes one day, one week, one month, or the rest of the year. “The community has jumped at this new challenge – we already have over 3,000 registrants – and we’re thrilled to support their goals to live active, healthy lives.”

Finishers earn a new, clever medal one might say is “a work of art,” designed after the Mona Lisa. Registrants are given access to MTA’s Online Run Tracker, training content from Coach Angie, access to the very popular “Social Distancing” Run Facebook Group (over 12,000 active members) and receive exclusive offers from UCAN and MetPro, the co-presenting partners.

“UCAN immediately agreed to support this new virtual challenge because it aligns so well with our ethos,” says Shoba Murali, CEO of UCAN. “Leading an active lifestyle supported by proper nutrition means longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.”

For more information, and to register for the “100 Mile Challenge,” use this link:


About Marathon Training Academy:

The Marathon Training Academy exists to inspire and empower everyday people to live healthier lives and achieve fitness goals by unleashing their marathon potential. Through the MTA podcast, which has been downloaded over 9 million times, runners of all abilities are inspired and equipped to go the distance. Co-hosts Angie and Trevor Spencer want you to believe that you have what it takes to run a marathon and change your life! From the Huffington Post . . .

Angie and Trevor Spencer, the hosts of Marathon Training Academy, are cute as all get-out. They’re that adorable couple you picture spending their Sundays walking the dog and baking muffins. And maybe they do that, but only after logging in their long run to train for another upcoming marathon. And they aren’t just fanatics. Angie Spencer is a registered nurse and certified running coach with serious marathon know-how. The hosts tackle all manner of listener questions from marathon fueling to injury prevention to compression clothing. But the best takeaway from this podcast is the mondo dose of can-do attitude; it’s a feeling that lingers long after the theme music stops singing that you’re ‘well on your way.

About UCAN:  

UCAN delivers smarter energy powered by SuperStarch®, a patented, slow-releasing complex carbohydrate that provides steady, long-lasting energy with no spikes and no crash. Originally created for a child with a rare metabolic disorder, UCAN Energy Powders and Energy Bars with SuperStarch® are the go-to nutrition for over 80 colleges, 40 pro teams, Olympic marathoners, elite triathletes, cyclists, thought leaders in health and performance, recreational athletes, and everyday people looking for steady energy without all the sugar. UCAN is a company built on purpose and passion. Learn more at ucan.co, and get the latest buzz in the UCAN world @GenUCAN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. UCAN nutrition products are currently available in powder and bar format, in a variety of flavors, at 350+ specialty run, bike and tri stores around the country, at all Lifetime gyms, and can be purchased online at ucan.co and on Amazon. #UCAN