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The DONNA Foundation Partners with Outside Interactive to bring DONNA races into Participating Retro Fitness Health Clubs in Florida


For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members will be able to “officially” participate in DONNA events on treadmills in participating Retro Fitness clubs using Outside Interactive’s Virtual Runner race course simulator technology.


Jacksonville, Florida October 18th, 2017 – Today it was announced that The DONNA Foundation has teamed up with Outside Interactive and participating Retro Fitness clubs to offer runners the chance to race for a great cause in an entirely new way. A DONNA digital race course has been created for Breast Cancer Awareness month and will allow runners to raise money to finish breast cancer by participating remotely through an online interactive race experience, with their iPad® or Android® tablet on Retro Fitness treadmills.

Exclusive footage was shot the morning of prior year’s races, immediately prior to the live event. Footage is shot from a runner’s point of view to produce a high-definition video that allows viewers to interactively see and run the virtual race course with their iPad® or tablet device – with cheering spectators lining the roads, even breaking the finisher’s tape.
“We are honored to partner with The DONNA Foundation,” stated Gary McNamee, Outside Interactive president and founder. “One of the major benefits of our Virtual Runner technology is providing charities the ability to raise funds in an entirely new and fun way.”

“Outside Interactive’s technology is groundbreaking and we’re excited to see our race courses brought into the digital world,” stated Amanda Napolitano, Executive Director of The DONNA Foundation. “People will now be able to enjoy a beautiful run along the Florida shoreline and officially be part of our race right in their participating Retro Fitness club. “ 

“We are always trying to engage our members with exciting group activities,” stated,” stated David Garrard, former NFL Quarterback and owner of the participating Retro Fitness locations in Queen’s Harbor and Baymeadows. What better way to stay fit than participating remotely in the DONNA Run while raising funds during Breast Cancer Awareness Month?”   

Through the use of its state-of-the-art cameras, filming and editing techniques, the HD simulated-course videos, shot from the runner’s point of view, are made interactive to the runner’s pace through its use with Outside Interactive’s free downloadable app called “Virtual Runner.” The iPad and Android apps allow for adjustment of the video speed to match the runner’s exact pace. For an even more immersive experience, all versions are compatible with footpod and heart rate monitor accessories utilizing ANT+™ wireless technology, which automatically and accurately drive the pace of Virtual Runner course videos. Select Bluetooth® compatible treadmills will also allow for incline and video speed control to match the hills on the course and in the video.

 About: Outside Interactive is a Hopkinton, MA developer of Virtual Runner, revolutionary patent pending forward motion technology solutions featuring famous race courses, popular running routes and scenic destinations, all shot in HD from a runner’s point of view. Founded in 2011 by Gary McNamee, a lifelong Boston resident, avid runner and serial entrepreneur, Gary developed Virtual Runner after becoming bored on the treadmill and frustrated with not being able to train properly in New England’s unpredictable and often harsh weather. For more information, visit www.outsideinteractive.com or find Outside Interactive on Facebook and Twitter

About: The DONNA Foundation, a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida, provides financial assistance and support nationwide to those living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking research to finish the disease once and for all. The organization participates in a variety of community outreach initiatives, educational programs and fundraising events yearly to support its mission, including hosting the only national marathon to finish breast cancer – The DONNA. To date, the foundation has served more than 10,000 families in need and dispersed more than $5 million to fuel programs that move families from a place of fear to a place of love. For more information, visit www.thedonnafoundation.org
About:  Retro Fitness Queen’s Harbor and Baymeadows:  Whether you’re looking at a number on the scale or focusing on reaching other goals, Retro Fitness is here to help you. We offer a state-of-the-art facility with a nontraditional atmosphere. We believe that members are more likely to hit the gym and reach their goals when they’re at ease with the facility, so we’ll treat you with respect and work to make you feel welcome.

Our professionals are highly trained and ready to answer any questions you have. We’ll give you a tour of our center and even show you how to safely and properly use different machines. We want to help you reach your goals.
Come in today to learn more about our fitness club and see how we can help you work towards a healthier future. With a membership at Retro Fitness, you’ll have access to our Baymeadows and Queen’s Harbor which gives you more for your money! For more information, visit: www.retrojax.com