Launch into a 400-mile journey exploring the solar system! We challenge you to run, walk, hike, swim, roll, cycle, or paddle your way through outer space in this cumulative distance challenge – no space suit required. You’ll be rewarded with planetary pins as you hit 8 milestones along the way.

For more information, check out the FAQ section below.


Thank you to Celestron for being part of this event. Celestron has been creating groundbreaking new telescopes for over 60 years. 

What do I get?

Each registration incudes 8 planetary pins, a galactic lanyard to showcase them, and a medal for mission completion. Outfit yourself as true voyager with add-ons available during registration including a custom race bib and official event shirt.

Every Registration Includes:

  • 8 planetary pins
  • Galactic lanyard to showcase your pins
  • Medal for mission completion
  • FREE shipping on all items! 
  • Access to super-supportive private Facebook group

Available add-on options:

  • Official race shirt
  • Limited edition Pluto pin

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 far will you g0?

Start 2022 off with a big bang with a 400-mile challenge to be completed at your pace! Embark on your mission and earn unique planetary pins along the way as you reach each milestone. Complete the mission to earn your medal.

how to take on the challenge

  1. 1
    Select your challenge reward structure below. Choose when you want to get your pins/medal, either all up front* or via the VRC reporting app as they're earned.
  2. 2
    Click the registration button for your chosen distance and reward structure, and follow the prompts.
  3. 3
    Start logging your miles January 1, 2022.

400 mile challenge registration

Pick 1 registration option

REPORT FOR REWARDS

$135

  • Includes free access to our required mobile app to log your miles beginning January 1, 2022.
  • Claim each reward on the app as you earn it.
  • Stay accountable through the entire length of the program! (If you don't do the distance, you don't get the reward.)
  • Each reward will ship 1-2 weeks after you complete the corresponding milestone.

REWARD YOURSELF

$90

  • More affordable.
  • Receive all your pins and medal at once.*
  • Open each reward immediately upon finishing, or have a friend reward you as you hit each milestone.
  • Log miles however you choose.
  • Does not come with access to our mobile app.

*Regardless of the option chosen, pins and medals will start to ship late March 2022.
Other swag items (shirts and bibs) are batch-printed specifically for each participant at the timelines listed in our FAQ section.

YOUR MISSION REWARDS

Check out the pins you'll be collecting as you reach each checkpoint! Complete all 400 miles to receive your medal. 

400 MILE CHALLENGE


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 distance in your movement method of choice. Running is great, but so is walking, hiking, dancing, swimming, 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 late March 2022.

For those who register on February 22, 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 21, 2022 will receive their shirts/bibs by March 17.
  • Those who registered by January 20 will receive these items by February 17.

what are the registration deadlines?

Registration remains open while supplies last.

For those who register on February 22, 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 late March 2022.

Past Registration Deadlines

  • Those who registered by February 21, 2022 will receive their shirts/bibs by March 17.
  • Those who registered by January 20 will receive these items by February 17.

how do i log my miles?

Paper and pencil, GPS watch, or however you choose! If you select the Report for Rewards option, you’ll need to report your miles through our new mobile 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.

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 the 400-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!

Will Pluto Be part of this challenge?

Absolutely! Pluto has been included as a bonus pin you can add-on during registration for $10. 

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 is Celestron?

Celestron has been creating groundbreaking new telescopes for over 60 years. We'll be giving away three Celestron StarSense Explorer telescopes between February and March 2022.

Celestron StarSense Explorer telescopes make enjoying the sky a piece of cake for amateur astronomers. With StarSense patent-pending technology, your smartphone calculates your position and guides you to the object you want to see. Learn more on the Celestron website.

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