Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
We want you to know everything there is to know and love about virtual runs, and the fandom-themed way we enjoy them here in the FRC. If you don't see an answer to your question in among this information, just contact us directly, and we'll jump to the rescue like any good superhero!
What is a 'virtual' run?
A virtual run, also known as a virtual race, is an event that can be run in any location, at any time, at any pace. You can walk, jog, or run; use the treadmill, hit the road, sidewalk, or trail; you can even participate in another “real-world” race. It’s completely up to you! In effect, we’re all running together…while apart!
I hear the term “virtual race” used sometimes. Is there a winner?
We prefer to call our virtual runs “events”, but occasionally the word “race” is used. In reality, all of our events are “fun runs”, so the only winner is you for getting out there and being active. You don’t need to submit a time to get your medal. FRC does not require you to post “proof” of your run as we operate on the honor system. If you’re registered, you will get your medal; it’s up to you to complete the distance, when and how you are able.
I’ve never run this event’s distance all at once! Can I walk, or jog? Can I break it up?
Yes, and yes! You can run your race at your own pace, wherever and whenever you like. You can walk, skip, jog, run, dance…it’s your choice! You can complete your distance at any time, in whatever way suits your ability and schedule. If the distance is longer than you feel you are capable of completing all at once, you can break up the distance over multiple runs.
Do I have to run on a specific day?
You can complete your run/walk anytime you want. While event registrations are only open for a limited time, you don’t have to complete the distance during that period. We understand, lives are unpredictable! You’ll get there, and hang that medal with pride once you’ve done it. Injured? Please wait until you’re healthy! If you’ve registered, you will receive your medal just the same. Complete the distance when you are safely able to do so.
How do I register for a virtual run?
You can register for an event by using any of the “register” links on this website, or use the “sign up” button on our various social media profiles. These will take you to Events.com, which is the platform we use to coordinate all of our race registrations.
What does a registration cost, and what does it give me?
Each event registration costs $25, and that includes your geeky custom finisher’s medal, neck ribbon, and a personalized, custom digital bib. A portion of the proceeds from ALL registrations in a specific month will go to a designated fantastic charity partner!
How long is registration open? How do I make sure I get a spot?
Registration for each event until we’ve reached the announced registration limit. The likelihood of events selling out varies from series to series, event to event. As more people discover the fun of the FRC, the demand for medals will inevitably increase. The best strategy is to register the first week an event is open.
How do I get my digital bib?
About 24 to 48 hours after your registration, your custom digital bib will be available in our bib gallery. There you can search by your name or race number to find your bib. (The search function works best on desktop/laptop computers, so if you are using a tablet or smartphone, you may have some difficulties. If you can’t access your bib, just contact us, and we can email your bib to you directly.) Note: In the first week of registration, bibs may take a bit longer, as we have an extremely large number of bibs to create. Please be patient!
Can I participate if I live outside the United States?
Yes! We love our international participants! We will gladly ship our medals anywhere in the world! All we ask is $5 US to help defray the cost of international shipping. This doesn’t completely cover the cost, but it does help us minimize our overhead and ensure you have your medal in a timely manner.
Can I share my virtual run on social media?
Can you? Of course! We’d love you to share your accomplishments with the world! We welcome everyone to post ‘selfies’ with their bibs, medals, or workout completion screenshots from your personal smartphone/smartwatch tracking app screens to social media. You can ‘tag’ us with the #fandomrunningclub hashtag, as well as the hashtags for the particular event you’re registered for. If you post those pictures to the virtual run’s FRC-hosted Facebook event, you’ll likely get a wave of congratulations from any of the thousands of others who are running ‘with’ you. It’s a great way to celebrate your accomplishment, and interact with a fantastic online community!