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Q: How does the Great American 5000 work?

Teams of up to 12 or 24 people will join together to virtually run 5,000k across the country on a pre-determined course from San Francisco to New York. Each team will run or walk no more than 24 hours per day collectively and will report your distance each day. Track your run on one of the many GPS tracking systems, upload your run and watch your team’s dot move across the map. A leaderboard will also track your progress against other teams.

Q: How much does the event cost and what do I receive?

The cost is $50/person and the fee includes:

  • Shirt
  • 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
Q: How do I register/join a team?

You will register as an individual. You should assign one Team Captain to set-up your team and share the name for others to join. You will also be able to search for a team during registration and choose to join a team then. For more information, visit our Team Captain Info page.

Q: What are the team sizes and divisions?

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.

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)
Q: When does the event start?

The challenge officially kicks-off on Flag Day, June 14, so you can start anytime on that day. Registration will remain open and you can continue to add people to your team through July 31. Your team can start later than June 14but keep in mind your team’s time starts on June 14. The winner of each division is the first team that reaches the finish.

Q: When does my team have to complete the challenge?

All teams must be finished by Monday, September 14

Q: When do I receive my items?

Once your team has completed the challenge across America, we will ship your finisher shirt and medal.

Q: Can you run at the same time as another team member?

Yes, you can run at the same time as another team member. Your team cannot collectively run or walk over the 24-hour time limit per day but when you complete your activity is up to each individual.

Q: How do I track and report my run?

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. Specific details about inputting running metrics will be distributed via email to event registrants in advance of the event start on June 14.

Q: What happens if my team runs over 24 hours?

Only mileage within a 24-hour period will count towards your team’s daily progress. 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. If the total adds up to more than 24 hours of running, the average pace for 24 hours will be calculated and used for that day.

Q: Can I run on a treadmill?

Yes, you may run either outdoors or on a treadmill.

Q: Does walking count!

Yes! Running, walking, hiking, skipping, galloping, trotting – anything completed on foot can count! The main thing to remember that any mileage you accumulate must fit in to the 24 hours of time that your team has every day.

Q: Where does the course go?

The course begins on the Pacific coast in San Francisco and ends on the Atlantic coast in New York City. While the course is virtual for now, this could be something you really could complete in person. Click here for the full course.

Q: How do I raise money for Feeding America?

Along with making a donation to Feeding America during the registration process, you can also donate here or fundraise on their behalf.

Q: How long will it take for my team to collectively cross the country?

Here are some estimates:

  • 8 min/mile pace for 24 hours is 180 miles per day and will take 17 days and 7 hours.
  • 12 min/mile pace for 24 hours is 120 miles per day and will take 26 days
  • 20 min/mile pace for 24 hours is 72 miles per day and will take 43 days and 7 hours
  • 30 min/mile pace for 24 hours is 48 miles per day and will take 65 days
  • If your team starts on June 14 and finishes on the last day (September 14), you can complete the event by running as few as 33.4 team miles per day


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