Virtual 5K FAQ

What is a virtual race?

A virtual race can be run (or walked!) anytime and anywhere, even indoors on a treadmill. So no matter what your schedule is or where you are, you can be part of this event and a part of our community.

How does a virtual race work?

Once you register for the Virtual Race, you can pick up your t-shirt at the Community Storehouse offices the week prior to the event. Then simply complete either distance anytime and anywhere you desire (treadmills are okay too!). 

Who can participate in this event?

Everyone! We encourage everyone, of all abilities, to join us and to challenge yourself! What makes a virtual race so great is that there are no course time limits so you can really tackle this challenge at your own speed!

Can I walk or do I have to run? Do I have to do the distance all at once?

Like almost all races, you can run or walk. But unique to virtual races is that there is no course time limit due to road closures and permits. Many participants will take care of the distance in one effort, but it is not a requirement and we care more than you get the distance done on your own terms. Think of this event more as motivation to accomplish a goal, the terms by which you accomplish that goal however are up to you!

As it relates to submitting your results, if you broke your effort into multiple segments through one day or over multiple days, just sum up your total time and submit the cumulative time.

If I sign up to do the virtual race, can I still come the day of the event to participate at the Park, the celebration in the park, and concert?

Yes. Come out and celebrate with us at Roanoke Community Park on September 18th.  Families can enjoy the activities in the KidZone and the live concert after the races!


How can I track my distance and time my run/walk?

We trust our participants and thus we do not tell you how to track your distance and time and you can choose the method that's best for you. In terms of accuracy, running on tracks is towards the top and closely following that are GPS watches. There are also numerous apps you can download for free and it's always helpful to map out a route ahead of time so you know exactly how far you're going, we've made a list of some free apps and map making websites below.

Where can I run my 5K?

The great thing about a virtual 5K is that you can run it anywhere!  You can run (or walk) your 5K on a treadmill, around your neighborhood or even in a park.  Here are some public parks where you can run outdoors if you like.