The Great American 5000 is a virtual team run from San Francisco to New York – and everywhere in between! Assemble your crew of up to 12 or up to 24 people, run a cumulative 24 hours a day, and start to chip away at the 5,000k (3,107-mile) journey. An online map will track each group’s virtual progress across the country and a leaderboard will display the standings each day, with groups in open, female, and co-ed categories.
Your team has until September 14 to complete the 5,000k trek – that’s as few as 33.4 miles per day for your team (1.4 for each individual)! Run, walk, hike – it can all count towards your team’s mileage.
And you can make your achievement mean something even more by donating and helping raise funds for Feeding America, our official Race Charity.
Our experienced race organizers will be with you every step of the way! We’ll set up ways for you to stay connected with your team, highlight noteworthy portions of the virtual routes you are completing, and keep track of all the results at the end of each day. Who knew that social distancing could be so much fun!
Cost Per Team Member
The cost is $50/person and the fee includes:
- Finisher’s medal
- Virtual finisher’s badge
- Pre-mapped 5,000k course across the country
- Leaderboard and online map updates
- Virtual travel experience through fun facts and photos of things you would see along the route
Registration closes on July 31 at 11:59 p.m. Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.
A team consists of up to 12 or up to 24 people. You do not have to have the maximum number in each division to be part of the challenge. For example, if you are a team of 8, then you would compete in the 12-person Ultra team category and a team of 16 would compete in the 24-person team category.
You will register as an individual. You should assign one team captain to set-up your team and then they will be able to share the team name and password (optional) for others to register and join. You will also be able to search for a team during registration and choose to join the team then. For more information, visit our Team Captain Info page.
Awards will be given in the following Divisions:
- Open (more than 50% male) 12-person Ultra team
- Women’s 12-person Ultra team
- Co-ed 12-person Ultra team (at least 50% of your team is made up of women)
- Open (more than 50% male) 24-person team
- Women’s 24-person team
- Co-ed 24-person team (at least 50% of your team is made up of women)
Looking to join a team?
Join our GA5000 Facebook Group to find teams looking for members!
How the race works
The Great American 5000 officially kicks-off on Flag Day, June 14. Teams are limited to a cumulative 24 hours of activity each day. Develop a strategy to maximize your team’s daily mileage while staying within the 24 hour limit. Multiple team members can run at the same time.
You must track your run using one of the many GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, Map My Run, Garmin, Wahoo, etc.). From there you will upload your tracked run into the event’s site which will update the leaderboard and move your team’s dot across the course map. It is important that both the distance and time for each run is tracked so we can ensure no one runs over the 24-hour time limit per day. Manual entries without GPS will be permitted but are not encouraged for the sake of running validation. Details about inputting daily activity results can be found here.
The first team in each division to reach the finish line in NYC will win. Teams have until September 14 to complete the 5,000k trek. A team starting on June 14 can accumulate as few as 33.4 miles per day in order to finish by the last day on September 14.