Sea Otter Play

Challenges 9/1 - 9/16 & Festival 9/17 - 9/20
Premiere Digital Bike Festival
Hosted By Clif Bar

The Big Sur

Hosted by Continental


Hosted by Sea Otter Classic

Coast to Capitol 280

Hosted By Sea Otter Classic


Hosted by Sea Otter Classic

Canadian Gravel Grinder

ePowered by BOSCH

Bulls Tahoe Challenge

Hosted By Specialized

Skipper's Scramble


Join us in the 2020 Sea Otter Global Virtual Event - Sea Otter Play.  You'll share in state-of-the-art virtual experiences including the always show-stopping Sea Otter Play Festival, the opportunity to support non-profits across the globe, give your motivation a boost with shopping for Sea Otter Play custom gear - and of course Challenge your fitness!!

Sea Otter Play includes Challenges for the activity of your choice -  that can be completed outdoors on the road, trail or indoors on your trainer!!  Choose your special favorite or two. Virtually ride, run, walk or hike an iconic Sea Otter Europe course in Girona, Spain or along the rolling coast of Big Sur, or take on the Australian route or maybe Canada? Participants choose their route and exercise activity, and track their Challenge activities from September 1 through September 16.  Loading up results for Challenge activities earns Rewards Points for great swag, and populates the leader boards for global bragging rights. Challenge Registration opens August 14th, 2020 at 9 am PST.   The Digital Festival will be ready to tour on September 17, 2020. 


GPS, manual, and outdoor/indoor ride, e-bike ride, hike, walk, run, wheelchair and handcycle activities are all eligible in the Sea Otter Play Challenges.
These are virtual “at-home” Challenges, and anyone can participate – no matter where you live in the world!! 
The six (6)Challenges include  - Big Sur, Ciclobrava (ESP), Coast to Capitol (AUS), Pacifico, the Canadian Gravel Grinder, Tahoe Challenge and the Skipper Scramble ( Kid’s Challenge) too!


Choose your Challenge - or two or three and complete your entries.  All activities are undertaken on your OWN and "tracked" virtually against the special routes designed by the Sea Otter partners.  Challenge activities must be completed between 8 am PST on Tuesday September 1 and midnight PST on Wednesday September 16.   Participants track their Challenge activities by a GPS-enabled device, or manually,  and upload results to their profile log for tracking, tallying, and displaying progress.   


Challenge yourself and earn Reward Points plus additional benefits!  

Amazing raffle prizes, Challenge Leader boards, bragging rights, and virtual cheers included.

Click here for all the details!!


Safety. Abide by the rules-of-the-road/trail if you are completing any Challenge outdoors. Share the road/trail. Keep your speed in check. Your safety is YOUR responsibility. Challenges are NOT RACES. Use good judgement, do not take risks that would stress your local medical care facility. Abide by your local health and safety rules for social/physical distancing. If in doubt, complete the challenge indoors!
Be Responsible. If you are challenging yourself outdoors, abide by all local laws, and traffic rules. Prepare accordingly. Carry ample food, hydration, and maintenance supplies and have an emergency plan in place.
Honesty. This is a fun event to challenge each other and do good. Just follow the rules and be honest as you execute your challenge. We are aware and monitor leader boards – and we'd hate to have to exercise our right to flag/disqualify activities.
Follow local Guidelines. Adhere to the most current rules and regulations in your particular part of the world pertaining to social distancing, stay-at-home ordinances and travel policies.
Respect all participants and the public. Participate as friends and part of the endurance sport community.


From which countries do you accept entries?
We warmly welcome entries from anywhere in the world.  Support your favorite Sea Otter Global partner – Australia, Europe, Canada or the US. Join our global community of outdoor enthusiasts.

For Ride challenges what types of bikes are OK? 
Road, MTB, CX, Track, Gravel, BMX, ElliptiGO, Recumbent, Tandem. eBIKEs are allowed in any Challenge.  Kids Trikes and Striders work in their special challenge too.  And if you ride a Uni we want pics!!!!

Can I enter multiple Challenges at once? 
Yes - You can enter as many challenges as you like and post your logged distances to each of the Challenges. Each Challenge requires a separate entry fee - $45.00 – to enter.

When do I have to complete the Challenges?
The Challenge miles must be logged between 8 am PST September 1 and midnight PST on September 16.

Can I complete any of the ride Challenges on any style bicycle? 
Sure! There is a designated mountain bike/eMTB Challenge – the Tahoe Challenge – but all Challenges are open to all bikes, including eBIKEs.

Will there be prizes for the top Challenge finishers? 
No, BUT Challenge participants will earn Rewards Points that can be redeemed for fabulous prizes provided by the event's partners.

What's stopping someone from cheating as they log their activity results?  
We do have a number of ways that we can detect cheaters, however we do realize that no matter what we do, or how we structure, people will be able to cheat if that’s what they want to do. E.g. Put their Fitbit on their dog!  We're all in this together with the honor system!

How do I access the Challenge once I've signed up?
Information and details can be found on the Sea Otter Play web pages.  Registration and results postings are powered by   When you register for a Challenge you will create a RunSignup profile from which you can log in and access the Sea Otter Play Challenges, add to your activity results, and load up your photos. 



Sea Otter Play Challenge results are different than physical race results in many ways.  Results are available but posting is optional. No awards – however you only earn Rewards Points if you post your daily activities -- so everyone is encouraged to post their activities.

When you complete your entry you will receive a confirmation email.  This will include a BIB number - remember this detail!  Print out a custom 'race' bib from your profile  with this number to wear as you complete your activity - and use it as your ID for logging your results.  

Once registered, you will receive an email, separate from your confirmation, that contains a direct link to post your results.  These instructions describe the several ways to log your Challenge activities to the RunSignup.postings. 

And - for convenience, for lots of activity types, RunSignup supports the ability for participants to submit virtual results manually, or by uploading their GPS activity recorded while using third party types of tracking tools.  (Two very common formats of data are GPX and FIT, which services like Garmin and Strava use to store activity data.)  Personalized data will automatically fill in, including the Distance, Date, Elevation Gain, and Time fields from the activity file being submitted.  More details here -  

AND - all activity progress results can always be manually posted. 
* from RunSignup Race Page
Navigate to the Sea Otter Play  RunSignup race page > and select the Result tab >Post Virtual Results - select Submit Virtual Results > Choose the Results Set from the drop-down that matches your Challenge > Search for yourself by name or bib number > on your line click on Log Activities ....
* from Your RunSignup Profile
Navigate to your RunSignup profile by selecting the Profile Icon at the top right hand corner > Scroll down and find Sea Otter Play under Upcoming Events > Click  on Submit Virtual Results > Choose the Results Set from the drop-down that matches your Challenge >Search for yourself by name or bib number > on your line click on Log Activities ....

However you get there, when you are in the results page, search for/ click on your name.  

For a fixed distance one-ride activity, load up your time.  
For a multi-day, multi-lap activity, you'll use the Activities Log.  Once you load an activity and get a Success message, you can see your results or for a Challenge, review your activity log, add another activity (more miles!) edit or update a past activity, delete an activity.  
All participants can return to the results rosters, check out friends, get the trash-talk underway -- all from the results pages. 

Event Website

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DIRECT DONATIONS to the Sea Otter Classic Foundation and partners.
Sea Otter Play Charitable Giving and Non-profit Partners

Sea Otter Play will offer participants the opportunity to support non-profit organizations working on the front lines to provide essential community support during these challenging economic times.
The Sea Otter Classic Foundation, a mission driven non-profit organization founded by the Sea Otter Classic, has partnered with several organizations within Monterey County to provide support including: 
·       Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County
·       Monterey Off Road Cycling Association - PLUS a couple MORE!
International participants can choose to support one of the International Sea Otter Play Charitable Partners including: 
·       Sea Otter Canada will be raising funds to support Cycling Canada
·       Sea Otter Australia will be raising funds to support SA Foundation - Bike Palya Program.
·       Sea Otter Europe will be raising funds to support Institut Guttmann.

100% of all charitable donations will flow to the Sea Otter Classic Foundation and be distributed to our non-profit partners.

Fundraising Goal

In this inaugural year of Sea Otter Play, organizers have established a goal to raise money for our global non-profit partners.  With your help we can achieve this level of support for these exceptional non-profit partners!

See the event website for more complete details:

Check out our awesome collection of commemorative merch!  Click here! 




Challenges love company! When you complete your Sea Otter Play entry you will receive a unique URL code to share with your friends.  If you have paid for a new entry, when you reach 5 successful friend entries using your code, you can receive a $10 credit back.  Even with out the credit, your friends will thank you and you'll have some guaranteed smack-talk competition for your challenge!

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