Get to Sesame Street Challenge

Benefitting Sesame Workshopthe nonprofit helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder

How far will you go in 2022? Run, walk, hike, swim, roll, cycle, paddle, or crawl and earn Sesame Street character pins as you reach milestones along the way. Choose between the 100 and 500-mile options to customize your journey.

Charity Partnership

We've partnered with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, to bring you this unique officially licensed virtual distance challenge that can be done on your own time and in any location.

Learn more about Sesame Workshop

Every registration includes:

  • 6 exclusive character pins
  • Commemorative lanyard to hold your pins
  • Finisher medal
  • Access to super-supportive private Facebook group
  • Free shipping on all items!

available add-on options:

  • goodr polarized Running sunglasses
  • official race shirt

official race gear

Please note: Shipping times may vary due to supply chain issues affecting us all. Please familiarize yourself with the deadlines and event format listed in our FAQ section.

What REwards will I earn?

  • 100 Mile Challenge

  • 500 Mile Challenge

Challenge yourself
Go 100 miles and earn the following Character pins & Medal!

Elmo & Zoe

15 Miles


30 Miles


45 Miles

Big Bird

65 Miles

Oscar the Grouch

80 Miles

Bert & Ernie

100 Miles

Official Finisher Medal

It doesn't matter how you do it. Run, walk, hike, swim, roll, cycle, paddle, or crawl. 

Accept the challenge

Report for Rewards



  • Stay accountable through the entire length of the program! (If you don't do the distance, you don't get the reward.)
  • Includes free access to the required VRC Reporting mobile app to log your miles beginning January 1, 2022
  • Claim each reward on the app as you unlock it
  • Each reward will ship 1-2 weeks after you complete the corresponding milestone

Everything Autoships at once

Self Serve


  • More affordable
  • Receive all your pins and medals at once*
  • Open each reward immediately upon finishing, or have a friend reward you as you hit each milestone
  • Track your miles however you choose
  • Does NOT include access to the VRC mobile app

Why take on the challenge?

Virtual Running Club works hard to earn your business and your trust. Our swag is high quality and we work to match that quality with our customer service. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what previous Get to Sesame Street challengers have to say:

michelle mcCord

Get to Sesame Street participant

“I love the smaller milestones throughout the challenge because there are more things to celebrate! I started because of the pandemic but I’ll keep coming back because it’s awesome!”

Rebecca McCorkindale

Get to Sesame Street participant

"This race has changed my life. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia over five years ago, I thought my race days were over. This challenge has motivated me to get up each morning and do what I can - and over time I've been able to do more and more. I'm now running 3 miles on most days and the possibility of doing an in-person race is becoming a reality."

Deb o.

Get to Sesame Street participant

“I signed up for the 100 and 500 mile challenges as a way to curb my virtual race habit during COVID. It’s been a blast! What’s even better is that I’ve been able to share this with my 75-year old father. Dad has been working on his 100 mile challenge since signing up and he just finished last week. We walked the last mile together and my mom met us in the driveway to give Dad his medal. It was a special day and a momentous occasion.”

Kathryn ShaughnaRioux

Get to Sesame Street participant

“I figured the pins and medal were motivation enough to get me to do 500 miles over a year.Then seeing all the stories and celebrations on Facebook was an added dimension to the motivation that I had not anticipated. There was no “pressure”, lots of positive reinforcement, and the miles added up. The run organizers are cheerfully responsive. We overwhelmed them with love for Sesame Street and they responded with grace and enthusiasm in creating another event with even more input from the Facebook group. Kudos to all involved, looking forward to more journeys together.”

Have a question? Let us help!

Click an item from the dropdown menu below for help.

Do I have to run?

Nope. You can complete your race distance in your movement method of choice. Running is great, but so is walking, hiking, dancing, swimming, rucking...

How Long Do I have to complete the Challenge?

This challenge takes place over the course of the 2022 calendar year.

Not sure if you’ll get to the finish line? We have a grace period through June 30, 2023 to report your progress and see just how far you can go. You can also customize your journey with the Self Serve Package, where you receive all the rewards up front to earn on your unique timeline.

how does shipping work?

All swag ships separately in the methods and timelines listed below.

Pins & Medals

  • Ship with a tracking email from [email protected]runningclub.com.
  • Will automatically ship within 3 business days for the that opt to "Autoship" their pins/medal.
  • Will ship within 3 business days after reporting on the free VRC app for those that chose the "After I Report" option. Pins and the Finisher Medal only ship AFTER the corresponding milestone is marked as finished in the app and the award is claimed on the app. If the pin/medal isn't claimed in the app, it isn't sent.

Shirts & Sunglasses

  • Ship with a tracking email from [email protected]
  • Sunglasses are in-stock in our Utah warehouse and ship within 3 business days of purchase.
  • Shirts with "POD" in the title are printed on-demand and are expected to arrive to the customer roughly 2 weeks after registration is complete.


  • Bibs are sold out for this event

what are the registration deadlines?

Registration remains open while supplies last. The deadline to purchase a bib with your registration was March 4. 500 mile registration options have sold out.

how do i log my miles?

Paper and pencil, GPS watch, or however you choose! If you select the Report for Rewards option, you’ll need to report your miles through our new mobile app. You will log into the app with the email address you used with registration.

Click here to download the app on iOS or Android.

Check out our video tutorial or the following instructions to navigate the app:

  1. Enter the email associated with your registration.
  2. Click the event you would like to add miles for. Only challenges that you are registered for with reporting will be shown in the app. 
  3. To add miles, scroll down to the bottom and select “Add Activity”.
  4. Enter your miles and click “Save”.
  5. When you reach a milestone, your freshly earned pin will pop up on your screen. Congrats! Click “Claim” and follow the prompts to receive your reward.

what are the distance options?

Choose between completing 100 miles or 500 miles (sold out) through the course of a calendar year!

where will i receive email updates from?

Our messages come from [email protected] Please add this address to your safe list so you're sure to get all updates.

what is the private facebook group?

There’s a special Facebook group for Sesame Street Races & Challenges. We believe it’s one of the most positive corners of the internet, where members share their achievements and cheer each other on. Joining the group is entirely voluntary.

can I double-dip My miles with other challenges?

We find some of our participants like to do multiple Virtual Running Club events at once. If you want to double-dip – that is, apply your miles to multiple events – you have our full permission to do so. Choose whatever works best for you!

Will a portion of my registration benefit a charity?

Yes! A portion of proceeds will benefit Sesame Workshop’s Yellow Feather Fund.


Work with our friends at Wander Project and when you raise the minimum threshold for a non-profit (usually $500), Virtual Running Club will sponsor your participation in this event at no cost to you!

Learn more on the Wander Project Charity Bib Page.

Available Challenges & Races

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