Space Race

A 400-Mile Journey through the solar system

Launch into a 400-mile journey exploring the solar system! We challenge you to run, walk, hike, swim, roll, cycle, or paddle your way through outer space in this cumulative distance challenge – no space suit required. You’ll be rewarded with planetary pins as you hit 8 milestones along the way.

The Space Race Challenge helped me walk and run more consistently than I ever have before. Every time I reached a new milestone, I looked forward to receiving my pin or medal in the mail. The long-term challenge made staying active fun, and now I've created a great habit of moving everyday. 

Lauretta w.

What do I get?

Every Registration Includes:

  • 8 planetary pins
  • Galactic lanyard to showcase your pins
  • Medal for mission completion
  • FREE shipping on all items! 
  • VRC app access to report your miles
  • Access to super-supportive private Facebook group

Available add-on options:

  • Official race shirt
  • Limited edition Pluto pin
  • Mileage trackers, stickers, and tote bags exclusively in the event store


accept the long-term challenge

select how you'd like to receive your rewards

  • REPORT FOR REWARDS - Great for additional accountability and motivation. Report your miles in the VRC mobile app, and claim each reward individually as you reach it. Pins and medal ship within 1 week of claiming them in the app. 
  • AUTOSHIP REWARDS - Best for rewarding yourself on your unique timeline. Receive all pins and medal within 1 week of registration. Reporting in the VRC app is completely optional.


Check out the pins you'll be collecting as you reach each checkpoint! Complete all 400 miles to receive your medal. 

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 the miles in your movement method of choice. Running is great, but so is walking, hiking, dancing, swimming, rucking...

Check out our free conversion chart to see how different physical activities can be applied to this challenge.

How long do I have to complete the challenge?

You have through December 31, 2023 to complete this challenge! Take the time you need to reach the 400-mile distance goal.

If you prefer a more flexible timeline, we recommend opting to receive all your rewards up front during registration. Then you can earn them on your unique schedule.

how does shipping work?

Swag ships separately in the methods and timeframes listed below.

Pins & Medals

  • Ship with a tracking email from
  • If you select autoship, pins and medals ship within a week of registration
  • If you opt to report for rewards, pins and medals ship within a week of reporting their completion on the VRC mobile app

Bonus Pluto Pins

  • Ship with a tracking email from within a week of registration

Shirts, Stickers, Mileage Trackers, & Tote Bags

  • Printed on-demand and expected to arrive roughly 2 weeks after you place an order

what are the registration deadlines?

Registration remains open while supplies last.

how do i log my miles?

Your registration comes with access to the VRC mobile app to report your miles. Click here to download the app on iOS or Android, then follow the instructions below:

  1. Enter the email associated with your registration.
  2. Click the Space Race event.
  3. 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. If you opted to receive your rewards up front instead, the “Claim” button will not appear.

How do i get my rewards in the mail after earning them in the app?

If you opted to report for rewards, make sure you log your miles in the VRC mobile app. Once you log enough miles in the app to reach a milestone, your freshly earned pin will pop up on your screen. Congrats! Click the Claim button and follow the prompts to receive your reward.

Reached the milestone awhile ago and still haven't gotten your reward in the mail? You may have forgotten to hit the Claim button. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Log back into the app.
  2. Click the milestone you reached, but have not yet received your reward for.
  3. If you forgot to hit "Claim" the first time, the Claim button will reappear.
  4. Click it and verify your mailing address to put your reward in our shipping queue.

Still having trouble? Shoot us an email at

where will i receive email updates from?

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

can I double-dip these 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 Pluto Be part of this challenge?

Absolutely! Pluto has been included as a bonus pin you can add on during registration. Alternatively, check out the I Believe in Pluto Race if you're searching for a full-on Pluto-centric event.

What is the Private Facebook Group?

There’s a special Facebook group for VRC Distance Challenges, where members share their achievements and cheer each other on. Joining the group is entirely voluntary.

What is Celestron?

Celestron has been creating groundbreaking new telescopes for over 60 years. Their StarSense Explorer telescopes make enjoying the sky a piece of cake for amateur astronomers. With StarSense patent-pending technology, your smartphone calculates your position and guides you to the object you want to see. Learn more on the Celestron website.


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.

Thank you to Celestron for being part of this event. Celestron has been creating groundbreaking new telescopes for over 60 years. 

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