How does a virtual race work?

  • Register for the race
  • Print your digital bib in your account under your Profile > Upcoming Races
  • Complete the distance you signed up for at your convenience, any time, anywhere during the dates of the race
  • Tracking your time is optional, you can use any tracking app. Here are a few popular ones.
  • Submitting  your time is optional, but to see how you placed overall and print your finisher certificate, you will need to submit your time
  • Celebrate your accomplishment by sharing on social media! #RunsForAPurpose
  • Feel free to join the Virtual Runs for a Purpose Facebook Group to share and celebrate with other participants.

Does part of the race fee go to charity?

20% of the net profits from the overall race go to the benefiting charity. The rest of the profits are used to pay employees and capital to continue putting on more races so that we can continue raising funds for charities.

When do I receive my medal?

We start to ship medals about 1 month out from the date of the race and continue to ship through the end of the race.

When do I receive my shirt?

In order to receive your shirt in time for the race, make sure to register and order your shirt by the shirt cut-off date listed on the race page. Shirts ordered after the cut-off date are not guaranteed to arrive by the start of the race and in most cases won't ship until after the race is over.

How do I create a team?

During registration, you will setup a team name. Share your team name with others so when they go to register, they look for your team name to join. For select races, once you have 3 people on a team, you each will get a $5 refund within 3-4 business days. Anyone who joins after the 2nd person will automatically get the $5 discount at checkout.

If you already registered and did not create a team name during checkout, follow these instructions:

  • Login to your account and go to your profile page
  • Scroll down and to the right of the event listed, click on “Manage Registration”
  • Click on “Group/Team” in the top navigation
  • At the bottom of the page, click on the “CREATE NEW GROUP/TEAM” tab

Do I have to track my time?

No, tracking and submitting your time is optional. However, if you would like to see how you placed overall and to print your finisher certificate, you will need to enter your time. Instructions for submitting your time will be sent via email the day of the race. If you would like to track your time, you can use any time tracking app. Here are a few popular ones.

How do I print my bib?

Follow the below steps to print your digital bib:

  1. Go to your profile page on
  2. Scroll down to the upcoming events you registered for
  3. On the right, click on “View Digital Bib”
  4. Click the “Print” button in the top right