Tears of Joy Emoji Race
Virtual 5k that can be done anywhere!
Welcome to the Tears of Joy Race!
Join us in the celebration of happiness, positivity and the power of emojis to bring people together. Whether you're an avid runner or just looking for a fun and unique experience, this race is the perfect opportunity to get active, have fun and spread joy.
As you cross your finish line, you'll be greeted with cheers from all over plus you will have earned a one-of-a-kind Tears of Joy finisher medal, which you can proudly display as a symbol of your accomplishment.
Let's spread some happiness, get active, and make a difference together!
"Participating in the Tears of Joy race was more than just a run, it was a reminder that happiness can be found even in the midst of struggle, and that sometimes all it takes is a smile and a positive attitude to make a difference."
Every registration includes:
available add-on options:
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Accept the challenge
Report for Medal
Great for additional accountability and motivation.
Report your miles in the VRC mobile app and claim the medal when you're done (ships ~1 week after claiming in the app).
Best for rewarding yourself on your unique timeline.
Receive medal about 1 week after registration. Reporting in the VRC app is completely optional.
Don't need the medal? Still participate and choose any optional add-ons.
See Fan favorite swag here
why take on the challenge?
“This challenge was a blast! I signed up in order to shed a few pounds, be healthier, and to earn some rad swag for my four-year-old who loves Sesame Street. I did better than I imagined. Thanks for the fun!"
"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."
“I signed up 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. 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.”
"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.”
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You can run, walk, bike, hike, etc. Do what works best for you!
Check out our free conversion chart to see how different physical activities can be applied to this challenge.
Swag ships separately in the methods and timeframes listed below.
- Ships with a tracking email from firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you opt to report for rewards, medals ship within a week of reporting race completion on the VRC mobile app
- If you choose the autoship option, medals ship within a week of registration
Shirts & Sticker
- Printed on-demand and expected to ship about 2 weeks after registration
Registration remains open while supplies last.
Your registration comes with access to the VRC mobile app. Use the app to report your race completion. Click here to download the app on iOS or Android, then follow the instructions below:
- 1Enter the email associated with your registration.
- 2Click the May The Force be with You Race to report your race completion.
- 3Select “Add Activity”.
- 4Enter your completed race distance and click “Save”. Your freshly earned medal will pop up on your screen. Congrats!
- 5Click the “Claim” button and follow the prompts to receive your reward. If you opted to receive your medal up front instead, the “Claim” button will not appear.
The minimum distance is 5K. If you would like to go further, you definitely can!
We offer a grace period through the end of the year. If you opted to report your race completion before earning a medal, you have until December 31, 2023 to do so in our reporting app.
If you’d like more flexibility with when you complete your race, you can opt to receive your medal up front during registration. Then have a friend or family member award it to you at the finish line!
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Many 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!