A Free Virtual Race App that Gives Back!

Feel great about your physical health, contribute to amazing causes, and snag some pretty awesome swag. We’re working with charities and non-profits to host virtual races so they can raise much-needed funds, while giving athletes the opportunity to run on their own time and location. That’s why we created a free Virtual Race app to tie the two together; run on your own watch AND give back to your community.

Here’s how:

  • Go to itsyourrace.com
  • Choose and register for an event you would like to support. (100% of your registration donation will go to events designated to the Runners Stay Strong program).
  • Download our FREE Virtual Race app on the Apple or Google Play Store.
  • Use the app to run, walk, or jog anywhere within the given event time frame.
  • Upload your results, take photos, and claim your finisher’s certificate.


Getting started with the app

  • After downloading the app, login with the same email address that you used to register for your event on ITS YOUR RACE (IYR).
  • Once you are logged in, find your race by using the search feature. Once you find the event page within the app, click on the TRACKER tab.
  • When you are ready to run or walk your race, slide the “START RACE” prompt at the bottom of the screen and you’re off! The app will do a short countdown and begin to track your distance and time. You can stow your phone and run hands-free.
  • Once you’ve reached the exact distance you signed up for, the app will vibrate to let you know that you have finished the race.
  • It will prompt you to hit okay to upload your time to itsyourrrace.com and you’re finished! It’s that easy!

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Uploaded results and run overview

After your time has been uploaded to IYR and you’ve finished the virtual race, a screen will provide you with an overview of your race, including your average pace per mile, finish time, and a GPS map outlining your running route (see below).



Perks of using the app

No manual entries required! The app uses your smartphone’s GPS tracking to record your run and automatically sends the results to itsyourrace.com.

Say cheese! After you’ve completed the virtual race, upload a selfie with your time and event name on the photo. It’s a fun way to remember the race, and also share the experience with your friends and family.

Download and print out a keepsake to commemorate the virtual race. You can download your official personalized finisher’s certificate under your results on IYR (see below).



Example of Finisher’s Certificate Template


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Get out and run!

With summer on its way, it’s the ideal time to step right out your front door and run or walk a virtual race.

Visit www.runnersstaystrong.com for a list of virtual events that are hosted by non-profits and choose the one that speaks to you. These organizations will receive 100% of your registration donation. For a full listing of virtual events go to www.itsyourrace.com.

When you sign up for an event with IYR, not only are you choosing to be good to yourself, but your surrounding community as well. Everybody wins!

What is a Virtual Race and How Does it Work?

Virtual Races are a great way to stay active and also help support a good cause at the same time. They offer a tremendous amount of flexibility for the participants and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are even more popular because they allow for the appropriate social distancing.

What is a virtual race?

A virtual race does not have a specific location or starting time. Instead, you run in your own neighborhood or on a treadmill any time within a specified span of time, often within a week. You register online for an event, choose the distance, and pay your fee. When you have completed your run, you upload your finish time so that you are still recognized for your accomplishment. Most of the time, the results you upload are based on the honor system, but some events have apps that have GPS tracking that will report your time and distance for you. If your event includes swag, such as a T-shirt, wristband, medal, or race bib, it will be mailed to you.

How can I make a difference?

Most virtual races benefit a charity, so you can support the causes that are near and dear to your heart. If the race information doesn’t specify it, you should ask how much of the registration proceeds the charity receives. During this pandemic, donations to most charitable organizations are down because they have had to cancel most of their fundraising events. So, there’s never been a better time to go for a run and help a great cause. Read on for even more reasons to participate.

It’s Convenient

Run the virtual race on your own watch! There’s no need for you to go anywhere, all you have to do is step outside your front door. It’s also a huge benefit to run a route that you are familiar with, which means no surprises during your timed run. Just remember to keep your distance and stay 6 feet away from others at all times.

Keep up Motivation

These are difficult times for everyone. You may be feeling especially stir crazy being inside all the time. Try and get outside as much as possible for some exercise. Signing up for a virtual race will give you the motivation you need to stick with a running routine.

Stay Connected

It’s essential right now to stay in touch with friends and family. It can be easy to become an anti-social hermit. Challenge a friend or family member to a virtual race. It will help you feel connected to others and remind you that you are not alone during this difficult time.

Make a Difference

As mentioned earlier, charities and non-profits are hurting right now and could really use your help! A lot of charities and non-profits like putting on virtual races because they don’t have to spend money on incidentals like permits, port-a-potties, or post-race snacks. The more money that goes directly to the charity, the better! You can feel accomplished not only for getting in your exercise, but also contributing to helping someone in need.

Where can I find a virtual race?

You can start by searching for a virtual race on itsyourrace.com. Our registration and results platform lists events all over the country, and a number of races have gone virtual to meet the needs of runners.

So get outside, run a virtual race, and help charities and non-profits continue on their mission. You will not only feel better about your physical health, but also the impact you’re making in the lives of others.