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Why Run Across America?

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How does this event work?

A nationwide race is open to everyone across the whole country on the same day.  This year, Run Across America is happening on Saturday, June 12. That day, you lace up your shoes and activate the race tracker in the Run Across America app.  You'll also be able to select a distance (5k, 10k, or half-marathon) and your activity type (run, walk, cycle, wheelchair, kayak, and many more).

For an extra challenge, you can log more than one distance on race day.  Can you do all three?

How do I sign up?

Simple! To join the race, you register on this site. After registration, you'll get an email with a unique code and instructions to download the Run Across America app. From there you can create a team and challenge friends to join you in race, whether they're down the street or across the country.



What does registration include?

Your registration includes event entry, access to our exclusive route tracking app, a super-soft t-shirt, and a race bib. Plus, shipping is included (no extra charges here). Medals (created by partner Ashworth Awards, maker of the Boston Marathon medals) are available for purchase separately.

Can I register my whole family / crew / household at once?

Absolutely!  Just add multiple registrations to your cart. Each registrant gets their own code, so everyone can set up the app on their own phone,

We know race day is more fun with family and friends, so we're making it easy to save money as a group. if you order 2 or more registrations at once, we'll give you an additional 5% off; if you order 4 or more at once, you'll get 10% off.  Note that to qualify for the discount, all of the physical items (shirts, bibs, etc) need to be mailed to the same address.

Are you a business looking to register your employees?  Check out our employee engagement program.

Will I receive my shirt before race day?

We're making every effort to make that possible. Shirts are being printed and shipped as orders come in and we'll have them to you quickly as possible. Orders placed by Sunday, May 23 should arrive in time.

There may be unexpected delays in production and delivery and your shirt may not make it in time. Our best advice is to register as early as possible to improve your chances.

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!

Is this race included with my Daily Distance annual pass?

This event is separate from the Daily Distance program.  If you have an annual pass for Daily Distance, you can use your 20% off discount to save on entry to Run Across America 2021.  Just use code DAILYDISTANCE (be sure to check out with the same email on your annual pass so the savings get applied).

Race day

What time does the event start?

You get to choose! Our event is on Saturday, June 12 and your activity 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 in New York (Eastern Daylight Time) and need to be done by 11:59pm in Honolulu (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time). That gives you 30 hours to get your activity done!

What distance is the race?

When you register, you'll choose a distance to move: either 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), or a half-marathon (13.1 miles). On race day, you'll have a chance to confirm / change this choice before you start your race.  You're also allowed to complete more than one distance for an extra challenge.

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.  This year, we're introducing many more activity types and dedicated leaderboards by activity.  Learn more about the Run Across America app.

Can I use a treadmill, elliptical, or other indoor option?

Absolutely.  If the weather isn't cooperating or you just prefer to move inside, you can still look your activity in the app. You'll be asked to enter and verify your distance as GPS won't be able to track you inside.

How do I stay safe while participating?

Keeping you safe is our top priority. 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. See the latest federal guidance from the CDC.

You're welcome to count distance you record on a treadmill or walk indoors.  See more about how to log your distance in the Run Across America app.

With your help, we can all stay active and stay safe.

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This page was last updated on 4/19/2021