a walking or running challenge for you and your furry friend!

Run or walk to be rewarded with pup-themed pins as you hit 6 milestones along the way. Choose between the 100 and 1,000-mile options to customize your journey. 

Other swag items can be added to your registration during the simple sign-up process.

For more information, check out the FAQ section below.


"The Dog Lover's Challenge has kept me moving both throughout pregnancy and after. Having that little extra motivation is so helpful and I get so spend some extra time outdoors with my dog which makes it extra special."

Morgan T.

Dog Lover's Challenge participant

What do I get?

Every Registration Includes:

  • Finisher medal 
  • 6 pup-themed pins 
  • Clip-on medal (dog tag) for your favorite canine
  • FREE shipping on all items! 
  • Access to super-supportive private Facebook group

Available add-on options:

  • Official race shirt
  • Waterproof keepsake race bib - SOLD OUT

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.

how far will you g0?

Complete a 100 or 1,000-mile challenge to be completed at your pace! Both cumulative distance challenges come with unique pup-themed pins that you'll earn along the way as you reach each milestone. 

PICK Your Registration OPTION

Accountability Package

App Access + Ship Rewards As They're Earned

$130

  • More accountability (If you don't do the distance, you don't get the reward!)
  • 6 unique milestone pins
  • 1 finisher medal
  • 1 clip-on dog tag
  • 1 lanyard to attach your milestone pins
  • Rewards are shipped after they're earned
  • Free access to our app for tracking & reporting your miles

Do It Yourself Package

Ship Rewards All Together - No App Access

$85

  • More affordable
  • 6 unique milestone pins
  • 1 finisher medal
  • 1 clip-on dog tag
  • 1 lanyard to attach your milestone pins
  • Rewards ship out all at the same time
  • No app access
  • No accountability required

Shirts are batch-printed specifically for each participant. Check their shipping timelines in the FAQ section.

Shirt size charts

BASIC EVERYDAY

Unisex / Youth

60/40 Cotton/Poly for ultimate comfort and value. Shirts run true to size, but are designed to wear a little snug.

  • 4.3-ounce, 60/40 cotton/poly, 32 singles
  • Slightly slimmer body and shorter sleeves
  • 1x1 rib knit neck
  • Tear-away label
PREMIUM EVERYDAY

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

These tri-blend shirts and tanks form a perfect easygoing look.

  • 4.5-ounce, 50/25/25 poly/combed ring spun cotton/rayon, 32 singles
  • 1x1 rib knit neck
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder to shoulder taping
CARE INSTRUCTIONS:


Machine wash cold with like colors. Only non-chlorine bleach. Tumble dry low. Warm iron if necessary (do not iron decoration).

PREMIUM TECH

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

  • 5 oz 95/5 poly/spandex jersey
  • Tag free
  • Raglan raglan sleevesAnti-odor tech prevents the growth of microbes
CARE INSTRUCTIONS:


Machine wash cold with like colors. Do not use fabric softener, tumble dry low, remove promptly. Cool iron if necessary and do not dry clean.

Why take on the challenge?

Because the miles are better together! Celebrating your pup with regular exercise is good for you both. Even if your dog can't come along for all the miles, even a few will do them good. Dogs that receive the appropriate amount of exercise for their age and breed are often reported as:

  • Less destructive
  • More mentally stimulated
  • Better sleepers at night
  • Less likely to seek attention with excessive barking or whining
  • So, so happy to check out all the outdoor sights and smells!
  • So, so, so happy to spend the extra quality time with you!

did someone say treats? 

Check out the pins you'll be collecting as you reach each checkpoint 

  • 100 Mile challenge

  • 1,000 Mile challenge

100 MILE CHALLENGE

Challenge yourself to go 100 miles! Run or walk as many as you can with your pup and earn a pin at each checkpoint, and medal at challenge completion. 

Checkpoint Pins

  • 10 Miles - Labrador Puppy
  • 25 Miles - German Shepherd
  • 55 Miles - Golden Retriever
  • 70 Miles - Doodle
  • 85 Miles - Australian Shepherd

Finisher medal

Medals for you and your favorite pup 

Have a Question? Let us help!

Click an item from the dropdown menu below for help.

Do I Have To Run?

Nope. We understand every person and pup is different. Running is great, but so is walking, hiking, dancing, rucking...

How does shipping work?

All swag ships separately. Pins and medals ship with a tracking email from support@virtualrunningclub.com. Bibs are sent in a standard white envelope with a first class stamp.

Due to supply chain delays, pins and medals will start to ship in March 2022.

For those who register on February 23, 2022 or later, shirts will be printed on-demand and expected to arrive roughly 2 weeks after being ordered. Bibs are no longer available for purchase.

Past Registration Deadlines

  • Those who registered by February 22 will receive shirts/and or printed bibs by March 31.
  • Those who registered by January 16 will receive shirts/bibs by February 18. 

What are the registration deadlines?

Registration remains open while supplies last.

For those who register on February 23, 2022 or later, shirts will be printed on-demand and expected to arrive roughly 2 weeks after being ordered. Bibs are no longer available for purchase.

Due to supply chain delays, pins and medals will start to ship in March 2022.

Past Registration Deadlines

  • Those who registered by February 22 will receive shirts/and or printed bibs by March 31.
  • Those who registered by January 16 will receive shirts/bibs by February 18.

How do I log my miles?

Paper and pencil, GPS watch, or however you choose! If you select the Ship Rewards As They're Earned option, you’ll need to report your miles through our new VRC reporting app. Starting January 1, 2022, you can 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 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 are the distance options?

Choose between completing 100 miles or 1000 miles. 

Do I need to complete my miles with a dog?

Take the opportunity to strengthen your bond and discover your healthiest selves together!

We recognize every dog has different fitness needs based on medical history, breed, age, and other factors. We encourage you to include your pup in as many miles as appropriate, and to consult with your veterinarian if you’re unsure what regular activity looks like for your four-legged friend.

how long do I have to complete the challenge?

You have through June 2023 to complete this challenge! Take the time you need to reach your 100 or 1000-mile distance goal.

where will i receive email updates from?

Our messages come from support@virtualrunningclub.com. 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!

If I have More than One Dog, can i get an extra medal for them?

Absolutely! Your registration includes one human medal and one dog medal. But additional dog medals are available for purchase at our online store.

  • Click here for additional 100-mile challenge medals.
  • Click here for 1,000-mile challenge medals.

Will a portion of my registration benefit a charity?

Yes! A portion of proceeds will benefit Turquoise Paw. Their mission is to rescue animals within the borders of the Navajo Nation, to support efforts in population control and education, and – most importantly – to provide the humane choice of no kill sheltering by maintaining a volunteer-based, safe harbor network.

Available Challenges & Races

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