Q: How does the Great European 2500 work?
Teams of up to 6, 12, or 24 people will join together to virtually run 2,500k across Europe on a pre-determined course from London, England to Budapest, Hungary. Each team will collectively run or walk 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:
- Finisher’s medal
- Pre-mapped 2,500k course across Europe
- Leaderboard and online map updates
- Virtual travel experience through fun facts and photos of things you would encounter 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 6,12, or 24 people. You do not have to have the maximum number in each division to be part of the challenge.
Awards will be given in the following Divisions:
- Open (more than 50% male) 6-person team
- Women’s 6-person team
- Co-ed 6-person team (at least 50% of your team is made up of women)
- Open (more than 50% male) 12-person team
- Women’s 12-person team
- Co-ed 12-person 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: Will there be awards?
Yes, the team that wins each division will receive an award for each team member. Please keep in mind to be eligible to win a division, you must be prepared to validate each of your team member’s logged miles so remember to always use a tracking device/app if you are in the running to be in the top 10 in your division.
Q: When does the event start?
The challenge officially kicks-off on September 18, so you can start anytime on that day. Registration will remain open and you can continue to add people to your team through September 30. Your team can start later than September 18, but keep in mind your team’s time starts on September 18. The winner of each division is the first team that reaches the finish.
Q: Can I change divisions after the race starts?
Yes, you may change divisions. The deadline the deadline to change and still be eligible for awards is September 24.
Q: When does my team have to complete the challenge?
All teams must be finished by Thursday, November 18.
Q: When do I receive my items?
Once your team has completed the challenge, we will ship your finisher shirt and medal.
Q: Can I participate on multiple teams?
No, you must only compete on one team during the Great European 2500 challenge.
Q: What happens if one our team members gets injured (either now or along the way)?
You can add or replace an injured team member. All participating members must be registered participants so be sure to have the new team member register. If it is past the registration deadline of September 30, or if your team is full and you are unable to add the new team member, e-mail [email protected] and we can assist you with this.
Q: How do I track and report my run?
You should track your run using any GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, Map My Run, Garmin, Wahoo, Apple Watch, FitBit, etc.). From there you will self-report the time and distance of your run based on your GPS tracking, which will update the leaderboard and move your team’s dot across the course map. Entries without GPS will be permitted but are not encouraged for the sake of running validation.
Q: What if I don’t run with GPS?
While this is allowed, it is highly encouraged that you use a GPS device or app to track your runs. If you are in the running to be in the top 10 in your division, you should be prepared to validate your mileage.
Q: Will I be required to validate my runs?
If you are in the running to be in the top 10 in your division, you should be prepared to validate your mileage.
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!
Q: Where does the course go?
The course begins right outside Buckingham Palace in London, England and ends in Budapest, Hungary. Click here for an interactive map of the full course.