Near, Far,


You Are 


Remember the cute, furry little monster who taught you the difference between near and far? Experience near and far wherever you are with this special Grover-approved virtual race! 

Your old pal Grover challenges you to determine your own near and far distances, tackle each one, and report your chosen distances/times to earn your medal. Run, walk, hike, swim, roll, cycle, paddle, or crawl your way to the finish line and be rewarded with a limited-edition double-sided spinner medal. 

Your chosen near and far distances will probably be different from other racers – and that’s great! This event is an opportunity to celebrate our unique journeys.

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

How do I take on the challenge? 

Tackle two separate distances – near and far! You determine what these mean to you, then report your chosen distances and times to us to earn your medal. It doesn’t matter how you do it: run, walk, hike, swim, roll, cycle, paddle, or crawl. 

Registration Goodies

Every registration includes: 

  • Official finisher medal
  • Motivation to accomplish something unique to you and your goals
  • Access to our super-supportive private Facebook group
  • Free shipping on all items!

Available add-ons:

  • Waterproof keepsake race bib
  • Official race shirt

When should I sign up?

Pre-order registration ends soon!


Register by October 3 to receive shirts and bibs by October 30.

Why Virtual Running Club?

We work 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 others say:

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.

Jennifer Becker Huster

Super Grover 10k participant 

The Super Grover 10k gave me the confidence and training I needed to keep going and complete my first ever half marathon in the fall! Plus the shirt was super cute, I get comments about it all the time!

Have a question? Let us help!

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Do I have to Run?

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

We prefer that you go using your own power, but please adapt however works best for your circumstances.

How does Shipping Work?

We aim to ship swag items together where possible, but generally all swag ships separately. Shirts and medals ship with a tracking email from Bibs are sent in a standard white envelope with a first class stamp. 

Shipping Timelines for Shirts/Bibs

Register by October 3 to receive your shirt and/or bib by October 30.

Register October 4-31 to receive your shirt and/or bib by October November 30.

Shipping Timeline for Medals

Medals are expected to arrive to us from the manufacturer by early October. As soon as we get them, we'll ship your double-sided spinner medal directly to you. You can expect your medal to ship within two weeks after you report your completed distances/times to demonstrate near and far. 

what are the Registration Deadlines?

The pre-order registration deadline is October 3, 2021. Pre-order registrants will receive their shirts/bibs by October 30. 

Standard registration deadline runs October 4-31. For those that register during this period can expect their shirt/bib by November 30

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.

what are the distance options?

The distances you choose to demonstrate near and far are entirely up to you. We challenge you to stretch outside your comfort zone for that far distance. 

how long do i have to complete this event?

You have until Friday, December 31, 2021 to complete your near and far distances. This is also the final reporting deadline. Be sure to report those near and far distances and times to earn your medal!

how do i report my times?

Reporting your finishing distances/times are required to earn your medal. Click here [LINK TBD] to report your times. 

Can I stack 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!

what's 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. 

Don’t see the answer to your question? Visit our help center and contact our support team.

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