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Virginia Road Trip Challenge by Mettle Events

Mon June 15 - Sun November 1



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Now announcing wave 2 of our challenge.  We had a limited supply of medals and shirts leftover, so we decided to open up a second wave of the race.  Participants may now sign up for the second wave and complete the 450K any time between August 1 and November 1.  All of the same rules apply.  Registration is now open. 

This is a 280 mile/450K virtual run across Virginia from the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail in Chesapeake to the middle of the Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia.  The virtual route follows the East Coast Greenway Trail.  Complete your mileage as you see fit by running or walking, either by treadmill, on the trails or on the street.  There is also a cycling option and a multisport option where you may complete the distance with a combination of running, walking, cycling or swimming.  Athletes will be able to track their progress along the route as if they are actually on the trail.  Find out more about this great trail and great historical Virginia landmarks and towns along the way as you track your progress.  

We're giving you 12 weeks starting June 15th to run/bike the distance from Dismal to DC (just 23 miles a week)! Register for the event and get the distance done over the course of the 12 weeks. "Simply" run, walk or cycle the 281 Miles over the course of June 15th to September 7 and log your miles as you go in the super easy tracking device and voila, you're done!  We've now added a wave 2 where participants have the opportunity to complete the course between August 1 and November 1.  Good luck and have fun!

We will ship you the official Virginia Road Trip Challenge Tech Tee and finisher's medal!

Please see the instructions within the Tracking Information section on how to track your progress. As you upload your mileage every day you'll see your little dot move along the trail. 

Be sure to use #VARoadTripChallenege during your run/walk! We will repost in our Instagram story!



You can join a challenge anytime.  You have until September 7 to finish the challenge and we've also added a wave 2 that begins on 8/1 and ends on 11/1.  



You will be able to see your progress along the route as you enter your mileage!  Our live map tracking feature will even allow you to see where your fellow challengers are on the map compared to you.  Study the map to find out about the East Coast Greenway and unique Virginia history along the way.  


- Official entry to the Virginia Road Trip Challenge by Mettle Events!
- Performance Finisher's Tech Tee
- Custom Finisher Medal 
- Custom downloadable finisher's certificate
- Shipping of all items
- Track your mileage as you cross the state of Virginia on the Eastern Greenway Trail
- Compete with fellow participants as you track yourself virtually across the state
- Learn about Virginia geography and history as you track yourself across the state
- Satisfaction in helping Mettle Events and Mettle Events Foundation during this unprecedented time


While the running 281 miles alone is an amazing, rewarding experience itself, it's even better when you have friends join you for all those miles! Once you sign up, you will automatically become part of the Virginia Road Trip Challenge family. Refer friends and family to join you to earn rewards throughout the summer. Here's how it works:
1) Sign up for the Virginia Road Trip Challenge. Once you complete your registration, you'll receive a unique URL link to share.
2) Share this unique link with friends and family as often as you'd like.
3) Each time someone signs up through your link, you'll accrue one referral. Earn five referrals and get $25 credited back to you. Easy right?!?!

Don't stop there. There are more prizes to earn as you continue spreading the word. Here is the list of awesome gear you can earn for free!
5 Referrals: $25 of your registration fee credited back 
10 Referrals: Mettle Events Ambassador T-Shirt
15 Referrals: Mettle Events baseball hat  

Sign up, get your referral link, and let's grow the VA Road Trip Challenge Family!


After signing up, be sure to download the free Strava training app. We have an awesome club with incredibly devoted members of all skill sets. You can expect tons of member encouragement to help you in your build up! Track all of your runs and walks this summer and fall and motivate others to stay active in their training! It's also the perfect app to record your actual Virtual Run so you can submit your time after!

Click here to download the free Strava training app for either iOS or Android. 

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