Autism Society - The Heartland 5K/1K Virtual Fun Run

Sat September 19, 2020 VIRTUAL, KS 66063 US
Race FAQs

Virtual Event FAQ 

What is a virtual Race? 

A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location you choose, on any day or time you choose before September 20.

Where can I enter the Autism Society - The Heartland 5K/1K Virtual Fun Run? 

You can find all the details and enter the Autism Society - The Heartland 5K/1K Virtual Fun Run here:

How much is it to register? 

The Autism Society - The Heartland 5K/1K Virtual Fun Run event is $35 to register for the 5K and $20 to register for the 1K. If you are an Autism Society - The Heartland member, please contact 913-706-0042 or for discount codes. More details can be found here:

What is included in the registration fee?

In the $35 registration fee for the 5K you will receive a t-shirt, medal, sponsorship materials, and access to submit your running time virtually.

In the $20 registration fee for the 1K you will receive a t-shirt and sponsorship materials.

For the first 300 registered runners of the 5K OR 1K, you will also receive a FREE Worlds of Fun ticket good for the 2020 or 2021 season.

Is there a late registration?

Yes. Late registration for the 5K is $40 and begins August 14. There is no late registration for the 1K.

I already registered and was part of the first 300 runners to receive a FREE Worlds of Fun ticket; will I still receive that ticket?

Yes. Worlds of Fun is honoring their donation and the tickets will be redeemable this 2020 season or during the 2021 season.

When will I receive my FREE Worlds of Fun ticket?

You will receive your FREE Worlds of Fun ticket by mail by August 14. You will be notified by email once your ticket has been sent.

Do I have to use my FREE Worlds of Fun ticket this season?

No. The tickets will be redeemable this 2020 season OR during the 2021 season.

Can I receive a refund since this event is no longer in-person?

No. Our refund policy for this event has been clearly posted on our website since registration began in February and refunds are not allowed for this race. You can see our refund policy here:

Who can take part? 

The Autism Society - The Heartland 5K/1K Virtual Fun Run is for anyone! 

What are the distance options? 

Just like the in-person events, there is a 5km and a 1km option. 

Where can I complete my virtual run? 

You should plan your run/walk route before starting your event. The run/walk should only be completed on footpaths/pathways or also on pathways within public parks. Please follow government guidelines and exercise within the advised distance from your home. 

Can I still run the intended route at Worlds of Fun using social distancing guidelines and a mark?

No. Runners are NOT to go to Worlds of Fun September 19, 2020 to participate in the Autism Society - The Heartland 5K/1K Virtual Fun Run.

Can I run with a buddy or group of people? 

Yes, but please practice social distancing and other safe hygiene practices that can also help prevent the spread of germs.

Ensure six feet of separation between other runners and walkers at all times.
Wear a mask if you are around others who do not live in your home.
Move safely away from others if you need to cough or sneeze.
Don't shake hands.
Wash your hands promptly after you run.
If you are sick or feeling ill, stay quarantined at home and away from others.

When will my t-shirt and/or medal arrive? 

If you registered before the August 14 t-shirt guarantee date, your items will arrive BEFORE the event. You can attend one of our drive-thru pick up events:

1. Saturday, August 29, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Volleyball Beach, 13105 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145

2. Thursday, September 3, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Chadwick Speech Therapy & Parent Support Services, 6910 N Holmes St #200, Gladstone, MO 64118

If you cannot attend either pickup event, your items will be mailed to you. You will receive an email when your order has been mailed. If you registered for the event after the August 14 t-shirt guarantee date, your items will arrive after the event and you will not be guaranteed the items, and you should be receiving communication from Autism Society - The Heartland’s Fundraising Coordinator, Kathleen Livingston. For more information on your delivery you can contact 

How do I submit my time? 

There are 2 ways to enter your time.

1. Use the link in your Athlinks Virtual Race email to get to your exclusive Time Input page. Once you've entered a time, you'll be able to claim your result to your Athlinks profile.

2. You can search for your name on your Event Result Page, claim your Virtual Race Page which will require that you either sign into your Athlinks account, or join Athlinks, and post there.

How do I submit a time for someone under 16?

Athlinks has updated the input method for athletes under 16. Please be sure to use the link from your Athlinks Virtual Race email to navigate to your Time Input page. If you no longer have the link for your under 16 participant, do not attempt to claim their result as your own. Please submit a request with the event name, child's name, and time to be entered and we can get that in for you.

Can I edit my time after adding it to my Virtual Race Page?

Yes; after you post your time, you should still be able to see the dark "Post Your Time" box underneath the time you submitted. Feel free to edit if you made a mistake, but keep it honest. The world is watching ;) (Note - you must be logged in to see this option & it must be before the event end date to submit results.)

What apps should I use to track my run? 

There are several apps available such as Strava, Map My Run, Nike Run, and Run Keeper.

Do I have to submit my time?

No. Submitting your 5K time is optional.

Can I submit my time for the 1K event?

No. Timing results are only available to registered 5K participants.

Will there be a prize for the top runners?

Yes. There will be a Scheels gift card available to the top three male and top three female 5K registered runners who submit their times before September 20. These prizes will be mailed to the winners September 21, 2020. If you do not submit your time before September 20, you do not qualify for the prize. There will not be prizes for the 1K event.

How will I know if I am a top runner who will receive a prize?

Top 5K runners will be announced via social media. You can also check the results page to view the top runners the day of the race:

Where can I see the results? 

On the day of the event September 19, there will be a live leader board available to view. You can find more information and the results page here:

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