COMPETE RACE

Join the world's first competitive virtual race.
See where you really stack up!


All skill levels welcome!

Donations and a portion of proceeds will benefit Wander Project.

Introducing the world's 1st competitive virtual race!

How is this different than other virtual races?

Virtual races are typically honor-system based. Run. Report your time. Get your medal. That's cool, but sometimes you're in the mood to compete!

THIS race will take 6 variables into account:

  • Run Distance
  • Run Duration
  • Elevation Change
  • Dew Point / Humidity
  • Temperature
  • Wind
PLUS - the person with the highest verified Compete score will win $150!

We dump all these variables into our proprietary algorithm to generate your Compete Score™. 

Running in bad conditions used to give you a disadvantage. 

Not anymore!
This levels the playing field for everyone, regardless of the course they ran on or the weather during their run. 
The more you suffer, the better your score!

Can I still run when/where it's convenient for me?

Absolutely, you'll still run on your own terms. But running in 68 degrees on a flat course in San Diego won't give you an advantage over someone running up hills in Montana in 110 degree weather. 

This race is open to both casual and serious runners/walkers. Don't wait! See where you stack up by signing up today.

How much does it cost?

Registration starts at just $29.95 and includes a medal and FREE Shipping! (Everything is a la carte, so you can get just the swag you want.) 

Distance Options: 5K
Location: Wherever you want!

Early Bird Shirt/Bib Deadline: 9/27/20
Race Shirt Deadline: 9/27/20

Registration Deadline: 11/1/10
Race Day: October 17-November 1, 2020
Reporting Deadline: Submit your Compete Score™ by November 6 to be ranked and in the results
Reporting Deadline for a medal: November 16, 2020

After you register for the race, set up your Compete Running account

Tell Me More

A virtual race has typically been a great way to have some fun and earn some great bling, but never has it had the same level of anticipation and competition as an in-person race – Until Now!

Introducing the world's first competitive virtual race. Participants can still do their race on their own time and when/where they choose, but using the proprietary "Compete Score", it levels the field.

The Compete Score takes into account speed, duration, elevation change, temperature, dew point, and wind to give all participants a specific score that can be compared regardless of when or where the individual races took place.

All participants interested in being considered in the results using a Compete Score will need to register for this race AND create an account at competerunning.com. You will also need a Strava account to sync to the Compete site. We suggest you sync your Strava and Compete Running accounts soon so you can start to track your runs and get an idea of what your baseline is.

Then the race will take place from October 17 through November 1. You will need to choose one of your runs during that period and submit that through the Compete Running website. After all scores are submitted, we will tabulate and verify results and release the rankings of who won!

Awards will be given to overall winners and gender and age-group winners.

In addition, our standard rules for virtual races apply. See more here: 

To honor the spirit of traditional races, we require that anyone that registers for a medal can only earn their medal by finishing their race. We verify that a race is finished using the honor system by having participants report their finish time to their VRC account (created during the registration process & tied to the email address entered). Participants can take as long as they need to finish their race and can do it however works best for them. Most participants walk, run or hike their race and ideally, they are using their own power to go their distance, but leave room for individual adaptation where necessary. Biking, swimming, rowing, etc. are welcome. 

Medals do not ship until after the official race day. Participants can complete their race whenever they choose, but that "race day" will be the day that all timetables are based on. In order to be awarded a finisher medal, there is a 30-day grace period to report your finish time (following the start of the race). Multiple people may be added to a registration. All participants are tied to the main registrant. Only that registrant will get updates about the race and their email address will be needed to report the finish time.

Messages regarding the race come from support@virtualrunningclub.com. Please add that address to your safe list.

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Register by September 27 and your shirt and/or bib will arrive just before the race

Purchase a shirt from our Merch Store here

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What You Can Get When You Sign Up

FINISHER MEDAL

KEEPSAKE PRINTED BIB

OFFICIAL RACE SHIRT

Common Answers and Event Specifics

Registration Deadline & Race Day

Registration will be open through the deadline listed above.

To be considered in the competitive portion of this race, you must complete a run on Strava 10/17-11/1. If you do not have a race entry during that time, you can still earn a finisher medal, but you will not qualify for placement in the Compete Score™ results.

All participants that want a Compete Race medal will need to report their finish time to their VRC account.

Medals & Shipping

Medals must be earned by finishing the race. This helps us maintain the spirit of the traditional race experience. We'll begin shipping medals after the race to those participants who:

Added a medal to their registration AND reported their finish time (by the reporting deadline)

Shirts & Bibs & SHIPPING

Shirts and bibs are printed specifically for each participant. Shirts and bibs ship regardless of whether your time is reported. All swag ships separately. Once a registration is complete (paid for), it cannot be changed. Registrations are processed according to the timelines below. Due to manufacturing and international shipping constraints, if the color of the shirt you select is out of stock, the next closest color will automatically be substituted for you. Click here to download your own generic digital bib PDF.

Early Bird Shirt/Bib Shipment Deadline: Register by September 27, 2020 and your shirt and/or bib will arrive around October 17, 2020. (Note: after 9/27, shirts will no longer be available).

Final Bib Deadline: Register by November 1, 2020 and add a bib to your registration and it will arrive around November 20, 2020

How Shipping Works

All swag ships separately. Shirts & Medals ship with a tracking email from support@virtualrunningclub.com. Bibs are sent first class with a stamp.

All items will ship according to the timelines listed for each items in this dropdown.

Reporting

To be considered in the Compete Scoring, you will need to track your race using Strava. We will verify results using the data Strava provides.

Otherwise, for tracking your distance and time, you can use whatever app or system that works best for you. All we need is the finish time. We use the honor system to verify results, so if you say you did, we have no reason to not believe you.

To report your finish time to earn a finisher medal, click here and follow the prompts. This video shows what the process looks like.

Results

Results will be posted after the close of the race.

Distance Options

This event is only available as a 5K

Does it have to be on race day?

Your race must be recorded in Strava between October 17, 2020 and November 1, 2020.

If you do not race during that period, you will not qualify for the results in the Compete Scoring system.

Shirt Size Charts

Everyday Shirt Sizes

Basic Everyday

100% Cotton


Basic Everyday Youth
100% Cotton


Premium Everyday
Ladies / Tank / Mens
Tri-Blend Poly/Cotton/Rayon (50/25/25)

Tech shirt sizes

Basic Tech
This is a "slippery" polyester shirt


Premium Tech 
Ladies / Mens
This is a "soft" polyester/spandex (95/5) shirt. It feels like cotton, but still wicks



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