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26.2 miles. 46,112 yards.

Welcome to the 2014 Yarn Marathon - are you ready to knit your way to the finish in 2014?

- Sign up! Or Check Your Progress
- Current Race Results
- Prizes
- Download Yarnathon badges for your Ravelry profile

We know what you're thinking - that's a lot of yarn! Don't worry, we're here to help you make it all the way to end. Just take it one mile (that's 1,760 yards, or just four skeins of Dream in Color Smooshy) at a time, and you'll be a medalist before you know it.

New for 2014, now you can enjoy the Yarn Marathon as an individual and also as a team! The individual Yarnathon remains as it always has, earning you $20 store credits for every 5K completed and additional prizes. Now, there is an extra challenge - help your team be the one with the most Yarnathon finishers at the end of 2014, and earn even more free yarn, plus a super secret prize for the winners!

You'll also be randomly assigned to one of four teams when you sign up, and if you visit our Ravelry group, you can join in team challenges, team knit-a-longs, team contests to help your team win the race.

This year's teams are: the Octopurls, the Fiber Monkeys, the Roboknits, and the Stitchosaurs. Visit your team's Ravelry thread to meet your new teammates!

How It Works

Buying Yarn: Every time you buy yarn in our shop, we'll keep track of the total yardage of yarn you've purchased. Each yard of yarn counts as a yard toward your marathon!

Teams: The team that finishes the year with the most individual Yarnathon finishers wins the race! Each quarter, you'll have a chance to participate in a team knit-a-long, a team trivia contest, and several smaller challenges to boost your individual and team yardage.

This year's teams are: the Octopurls, the Fiber Monkeys, the Roboknits, and the Stitchosaurs. Teams are randomly assigned to try to keep them even, but if you are really really sad about your team, please e-mail us and we'll take care of it for you.

All members of the winning team who participate in this year's Yarnathon in any way (through purchases or participation in team events) will receive a gift certificate, and finishers on the winning team will receive a super secret yarn prize as well! To try to keep the race as fair as possible, you can contribute even without finishing the Yarnathon - at the end of the year, we'll award each team a "virtual finisher" based on the number of team members who've hit smaller goals - 1 virtual finisher will be awarded as follows:

  • Every 2 team members who reach 1/2 Marathon or more
  • Every 3 team members who reach 10 miles
  • Every 6 team members who reach 5 miles

Power Boost Yarns: Each quarter, we'll designate Power Boost yarns, which will be clearly marked on the individual yarn pages with a percentage. When you purchase a Power Boost yarn, you get a "boost" to your Yarn Marathon totals, so if you are buying 100 yard skein that is on 50% power boost, you'll get credit for 150 yards.

Sweater Boost: When you buy yarn in sweater quantities (6 or more skeins of the same color and yarn), you'll get an extra 50% added to your Yarn Marathon yardage for that item.

Prizes: Store credit will be added to your ESK account automatically and will be available for use immediately after your purchase. Prize bags are typically included in the order where you've earned the prize, but are sometimes shipped separately based on stock levels.

So what are you waiting for? Being a yarnathoner comes with lots of cool prizes and Eat.Sleep.Knit benefits. You'll get yarnathon loot with your orders when you reach milestones along the way, and earn Eat.Sleep.Knit store credit every time you complete another 5 miles. Even better, yarnathoners who've reached the half marathon mark will receive free shipping on all orders for the rest of 2014!

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