Grover’s 

Near, Far,

Wherever 

You Are 

Race 

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! Registration for this event starts at just $35. 

Your old pal Grover challenges you to determine your own near and far distances, tackle each one from November 15-29, 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.  

Registration Goodies

Registration starting at $35!

Every registration includes: 

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

Available Add-ons:

  • Waterproof keepsake race bib
  • Official race shirt

Please note: Shipping times may vary due to supply chain issues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please familiarize yourself with the deadlines and event format listed in our FAQ section.

How do I take on the challenge? 

Tackle two separate distances – near and far – anytime from November 15-29! You determine what these distances 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 starts at just $35. 

When should I sign up?

November 28 is the last day to register!

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Shirts and bibs will ship in late December.

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!

Click an item from the dropdown menu below for help.

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 support@virtualrunningclub.com. Bibs are sent in a standard white envelope with a first class stamp. 

Shipping Timelines for Shirts/Bibs

Those who registered by October 20 will receive their shirts and/or bibs by November 15.

Register between October 21 and November 28 to receive your shirt and/or bib by the end of the year.

Shipping Timeline for Medals

You have from November 15-29 to complete your near and far distances. 

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 was October 20, 2021. Pre-order registrants will receive their shirts/bibs by November 15. 

The standard registration deadline runs from October 21 to November 28. Those that register during this period can expect their shirt/bib by the end of the calendar year.

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.

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 from November 15-29 to complete your near and far distances. November 30 is 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 is required to earn your medal. Click here to report your results by November 30. 

Need help reporting results? Check out this quick video tutorial.

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. 

Does this race have a referral Program?

You bet! You will automatically receive $5 back on your registration fee every time someone else signs up with your unique referral code.

Upon event registration, you will receive this referral code in three different places:

1) Your confirmation email
2) Your RunSignUp profile
3) The confirmation page following your registration

Feel free to share your code with as many people as you’d like.

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

Looking for more Sesame Street?

Check out our page dedicated to all things Sesame Street, including trivia and upcoming events!

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