Why Run Across America?
- In these stressful times, we could all use a little break to do something fun.
- We can come together to thank teachers and help support nonprofits tackling big challenges facing our communities today.
- The beginning of fall is a beautiful time to get outside. 🤞
What is a virtual race? How does it work?
Simple! Even though we can't have in-person events, we can still get together virtually. To join the Fall 5k, you must first register on this site. After registration, you'll get a text with a unique code and instructions to download the new Run Across America app that we use for the event. From there you can create a team and challenge friends to join you virtually.
When it's time for the event, you lace up your shoes and activate the race tracker in the app. It'll let you know as you make progress toward 5 kilometers on whatever route you choose in your neighborhood. After you're done running, we'll show you how you performed versus others on the leaderboard. Challenge a friend and see who's faster. Or just stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Plus, just like a regular race, you can get a t-shirt and medal to commemorate your achievement.
Can I register my whole family at once?
As long as any physical items you order (shirts, medals) are set to go to the same address, you can register as many people as you'd like at once. Just add multiple registrations to your cart. We'll send you a unique code per registrant so everyone can set up the app on their own phone.
Will I receive my shirt before race day?
Merchandise is printed on-demand as orders are placed. The shirt printer is working overtime to get your gear to you in time for race day. Orders placed before September 15 are guaranteed delivery by race day. Read more about our shipping policy.
Our best advice is to register as early as possible to avoid any potential delays in printing and shipping. There are many of us who won't have a shirt in hand for race day; including many who generously skipped the shirt and donated it to the Teacher registration fund.
No reason to fret—if your shirt won't arrive in time, you can still look great for the race by personalizing a custom race bib.
Do you have other shirt sizes available? What about other products like tank tops?
Registration comes with the standard race shirt and it's only available in the sizes listed (a limitation of our shirt supplier). Thanks to messages from people like you, we've added some additional race merchandise (performance fabrics, tanks, hoodies) to buy separately from registration. If there are additional products you'd like to see, let us know!
What time does the event start?
The beauty of a virtual race is that you get to choose. Our event is on Saturday, October 3rd and your race has to start and end during that day, but beyond that it's up to you. To make sure everyone across the country has time to get the race done in their own time zone, you can start any time after 12:01am Eastern Daylight Time and need to be done by 11:59pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time. That gives you 30 hours to get your 5 km done!
Do I have to run? What if I'm not a runner?
You don't have to be a runner to join us! Sprint, jog, walk, or roll, we're happy to have you in the race.
How do I stay safe while participating?
Keeping you safe is our top priority--that's why we're holding a virtual event. We expect all participants to follow all local, state, and federal laws while participating, which includes abiding by all health guidance and restrictions in your area prior to undertaking any physical activity. These may include minimum distances from other people, crowd sizes, and/or protective gear requirements like masks or gloves. See the latest federal guidance from the CDC.
With your help, we can all stay active and stay safe.
I have more questions!
No problem! Contact us and we'll do our best to get back to you quickly.This page was last updated on 9/26/2020