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Virtual Veterans Day Run
Presented by Bank of the Sierra

Let's face it- COVID-19 has changed all of our plans this year, but the circumstances don't have to stop us from joining together as a community to stay fit and healthy (even if it is from a distance!).  Running and walking are all about overcoming obstacles and pushing through so let's keep this traditional event alive even during these unusual times. 

Here's how it works:

What

  1. Register for the 5K run, 5K walk, or 10K Run
  2. Receive your swag at one of our drive-thru events
  3. Finish the course length on your own time!
  4. Compare your results to others.
  5. First place winners from each category and overall winners will receive special prizes.

When & Where

November 1- November 11

You have the freedom to choose the time and place! The only requirement is that you must complete your race between November 1 and November 11 at 10:00 am to qualify for the awards.

Swag Drive-Thrus

Pick up your race packet and snap a photo with our backdrop during either of the events listed below.

November 2,  4:00-6:00 PM

November 7,  7:00-9:30 AM

Why

Virtual races are a great option as a standalone way to motivate individuals to stay active, for participants who can’t make a scheduled race date, people from a far who want to receive the custom perks and compete from wherever they are, and as a way to offer an enjoyable experience to fans of their event during a pandemic.

More importantly, virtual races are a way for participants to keep their competitive juices flowing and not waste all of their training, while being able to compare their performance with others in their age groups and overall.

How

Register Online or
Print and mail the form

Pre-registration- $15

Veterans- $10

In order to compete for a medal you must download and use the free Strava app.  If you wish to not participate competitively then you do not need to use Strava and your race time will not be entered into the results.  You’ll receive detailed instructions on Strava when you register.  Here's our quick tutorial on STRAVA.


More Details

When is the race going to take place?

Participants may submit their results beginning November 1.  November 11 at 10:00 AM is the deadline to submit results so any time within that timeframe.

What do I receive for my entry fee?

Our signature commemorative long sleeve athletic shirt, custom logo mask, official race bib, and best of all the exhilaration of finishing the race!

Where do I pick up my shirt, mask and bib?

We’ll have a drive thru set-up in the alley in Centennial Park between Thurman and Cleveland, and a 2020 Veterans Day Run backdrop for a quick photo opportunity if you so choose.  Pick up days are as follows:

November 2,  4:00-6:00 PM

November 7,  7:00-9:30 AM

Do I have to use the Strava App to participate?

In order to compete for a medal you must download and use the free Strava app.  If you wish to not participate competitively then you do not need to use Strava and your race time will not be entered into the results.  You’ll receive detailed instructions on Strava when you register. Here's our quick tutorial on STRAVA.

Do I have to do my race on the same route as has been used for the Veterans Day Run & Walk in the past?

No, as long as you complete 3.1 miles for the 5K or 6.2 miles for the 10K your result will be entered.

What if I have to stop during my race for a red light, car, etc.?

Strava allows you to pause your time and then restart it.  Your results will show elapsed time and your race time so we will be able to tell how long you paused.  For accurate timing, please do not stop your race time for anything but traffic delays (i.e. do not pause your time to take a break).

Can I submit more than one race result?

No, once you join our Race Club in Strava the first result associated with your name will be your official race entry.

What age divisions are there?

Male and female

  • 12 & under,
  • 13-15
  • 16-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

How will I know the results?

Results will be posted on November 11 at 12:00 PM as alink on our website. 

Are there going to be awards?

Yes!  The top finisher in each of our age divisions will receive a medal.  There will also be awards for the top overall male and female finishers in the 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk.

Where do I get my medal if I place top in my age division?

We will have a drive thru medal pickup November 11 from 12:00-2:00 PM.  Medals may also be picked up in our Centennial Plaza office 15 E. Thurman any weekday 7:30 AM-5:30 PM.  Contact our office for special delivery accommodations.

I am confused with Strava and/or the virtual race concept but really want to participate.  What should I do?

Contact us and we’ll try to make it happen.  We will do our best to go above and beyond for everyone needing assistance who wants to enter their result. 

 


 

 

 

 

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