Create a Virtual Race

How to organize a Virtual Race from A to Z, whether you are transitioning from an in-person event or introducing a new concept.

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Why go virtual? 

The running and event industry has adapted to restrictions on travel and gatherings by offering virtual options. Why? A virtual edition of your annual event keeps your tradition alive, maintains connection with your supporters, and brings in needed revenue. Additionally, new virtual concepts can be designed specifically to meet the time, reaching new participants who never showed up at your in-person race. Whether you are starting from scratch, converting your traditional race to virtual, or adding a virtual option to make your race hybrid, RunSignup has a complete platform for virtual events.

 

Welcome to RunSignup's VIRTUAL RACE HUB.

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VIRTUAL EVENT SEMINAR

Looking for a master class to get you started on your Virtual Event? Check out our recorded session from the 2021 Virtual Winter Symposium for an overview of all your virtual considerations.

Virtual Race Seminar

STEP 1: PLAN & SETUP

First up: Create a plan, consult the RunSignup Setup Checklist, and get your sponsors on-board.

CREATE A PLAN RUNSIGNUP SETUP CHECKLIST ENGAGE SPONSORS

STEP 2: PROMOTION

Reach your supporters and expand your pool of participants.

VIRTUAL PROMOTION

STEP 3: FULFILLMENT

Swag sells your event. You ship the swag (or use a partner).

SHIPPING & FULFILLMENT

STEP 4: DONATIONS & FUNDRAISING

95% of races on RunSignup are connected with a nonprofit.

Use a virtual event to bring in financial support and build community around your nonprofit. Not a nonprofit? Consider partnering with a reputable cause to make an impact and attract a larger base of supporters to your event.

VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING IDEAS STEP BY STEP: VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING EVENTS

VIRTUAL RESULTS

Ready, Set, DONE!

SET UP VIRTUAL RESULTS

RACE DAY EXPERIENCE

Run with a community (from anywhere).

ENHANCING RACE DAY

10 Ways to Improve Your Virtual Race with RunSignup

VIRTUAL CHALLENGES

A virtual run/race is typically a one goal activity (like a 5K). A  Virtual Challenge consists of multiple activities over time, with either an overall goal or a competition to complete the most of each activity - such as a mileage goal to cross a state or a challenge to complete 500 pushups in a month. For a participant, challenges represent more bang for your buck! 

 

The options are limitless - and we have a full information hub on Challenges to help you learn the ropes of setup, understand the gamification options, and prepare to engage participants.

VIRTUAL CHALLENGES

COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Turn the lightbulb ON and let the creativity BEGIN!

The creativity and dedication in the running community is truly awesome. This section will be a living collection of community-tested best practices, creative solutions, and inspiration for creating a virtual race and providing your virtual runners with a memorable experience.

CREATIVE EXAMPLES

Advice For First Time Virtual Race Directors

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