NPS Birthday Run Virtual 5K/10K Race Guide
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NPS BIRTHDAY VIRTUAL 5K/10KRACE GUIDE
August 25, 2014
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VIRTUALRACEWHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE?
NPSBIRTHDAYWHY AUGUST 25th?
VIRTUAL RACE - Technology allows community interaction, without demanding that we all be in the same place at the same time. Virtual Races provide runners the opportunity to participate in an awesome race event from wherever they are! Connect with a global running community through social media, share course maps, and enjoy the flexibility of running your own race.
National Park Service Birthday - The best idea came from Thomas Jefferson. That all human beings irrespective of the accident of their birth are entitled to enjoy the aspirations of being fully complete and free human beings. Thats Ameri-cas gift to the world. But right up there, are the National Parks.
-Clay Jenkinson It is no secret we love our National Parks. We have built an entire half marathon series around
WHY SHOULD I RUN? - Filling out your race calendar is becoming increasingly more expensive and wasteful! Virtual Races keep race entries low and allow you the flexibility to run when and where you want. You can be a part of the global running community whether you are physically running by yourself or you are meeting up with other local runners to participate in these events.
A Virtual Race provides the benefit of a race (bling and motivation to run), but all the flexibility and convenience of a morning run.
them! They are our cathedrals, our sanctuaries, our own private getaways. It is only fitting we cel-ebrate the birthday of the National Park Service and thank them for all they do to preserve these great lands for our enjoyment.
Youd be hard pressed to find something that was a purer expression of the democrat-ic impulse, in setting aside land, not for the privileged, not for the kings and nobility, but for everybody. For all time.
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3 GET SHIRT IN THE MAIL4 RUN
7 WIN PRIZES
8 WAIT FOR MEDAL
You can register for a race online atvacationraces.com/virtualraces
When registering, you have 4 options:1. Run with shirt and medal2. Run with medal only3. Run with shirt only4. Just run (entered to win prizes)
Train for a virtual race like you would any other race. In fact, Virtual Races make great training runs for other events. Get the motivation you need to train, and reward yourself for hitting that milestone!
1. Choose a course2. Choose a start time3. Run alone or with friends.
The race will be on August 25th. Run any time on the 25th but report by midnight!
Brag about your achievement by sharing pictures and status updates on social media
Report your time by Midnight PDT on AUGUST 25th to be entered to win prizes. You can report your time and other info at vacationraces.com/npsrunreport
All runners that report their time will be eligible to win prizes.
Once times are reported we will begin shipping medals. Please allow 3-4 weeks.
In a virtual race you select when you run, where you run, and who you run with! Look to running groups or online to pick the best course for you. Run in your neigh-borhood, on a treadmill, or somewhere totally exotic! You decide.
(If you selected one)
INSTRUCTIONMANUALHOW TO RUN A VIRTUAL RACE
RACE GUIDE >>SOCIAL MEDIA
We wont be there with you, but we want everyone running this race to feel connected. We cant do that without your help! By sharing pictures and status updates and course maps online it helps foster this sense of community. Technology allows us all to be connected, so lets take advantage of it.
SOME OF THE RACE PRIZES WILL BE DETERMINED BY PICTURES SUBMITTED.PLEASE BE SURE TO SHARE!
We will be making a slideshow video using all the pictures YOU post! Be sure to follow us and use the official race hashtag #memorialdayvr
*Any prizes that require photo verification (i.e. prettiest course) will only be eligible if the photo is posted on your social media profile. Social media activity is critical to create an event atmosphere. If your privacy settings prevent us from seeing your posts then they will not be considered for prizes or included in out race slideshow and photo album.
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RACE GUIDE >>RUNNER INFO
Who is running?
AZ Weekend Warriors | Commander Warriors | Davis Roadrunners | FCA Endurance | Kickin Asphalt | Lightbourn family | Mom and KateReluctant Runners | Runnin Babes | Sassy Skirt Squad | Sole Sisters | Sweewater Sneakers and Sycles | United In Light
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14%YOUNGER THAN30 YEARS OLD
8%ARE RUNNING THEIR
FIRST 5K or 10K
60 YEARS OLD
First to Report Time (Eastern)Last to Report Time (Eastern)First to Report Time (Central)Last to Report Time (Central)First to Report Time (Mountain)Last to Report Time (Mountain)First to Report Time (Pacific)Last to Report Time (Pacific)First to Report Time (Other)Last to Report Time (Other)Most Scenic CourseMost Festive Pic
All runners that report their time will be eligible for prizes! Prizes are not determined by time, but by different qualifications listed below.
We will have great prizes ranging from free race entries to food, from running gear to merchandise. You wont be dissapointed!
AND TONS MORE!
Closest to a National ParkFurthest from a National ParkCurrent pic in a National Park#TBT picture at a National ParkMost parks VisitedBest NP Birthday Celebration (pic)Most awesome hike in a NP (pic)Random Treadmiller and 20 RANDOM prizes!!
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RACE GUIDE >>REPORTING
RACEREPORTINGReporting your time is absolutely necessary if you want to be entered to win prizes as well as to receive your medal. We WILL NOT ship you a medal if we dont get a time report from you. Were not just sell-ing cool t-shirts and medals here, youve got to earn it!
We dont care what your time isat this point, we just want simple verification that you did in fact complete the race. Reported times and info will be reviewed and awards will be announced the following day. Once we have your reported time we will ship out medals. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your medal to arrive.
I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own
way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within.
The best idea came from Thomas Jeffer-son. That all human beings irrespective of the accident of their birth are
entitled to enjoy the aspirations of being fully complete and free human beings. Thats Americas gift to the world. But right up there, are the National Parks.
- ERIC LIDDELL
-CLAY JENKINSON, HISTORIAN
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We want to wish a very happy birthday to our runners whos birth-day happens to fall on the same day as the National Parks Service
Can you think of a better way to celebrate than to go for a run? How about a run inside your favorite park?
Have you seen the Ken Burns documentary The National Parks, Americas Best Idea? I cant think of a better way to spend 12 hours. Seriously, this is so good. You can stream it now on Netflix OR PBS will be showing it (one episode a night) September 2-7.
Read more about it on the PBS website.