CRC Virtual Grand Prix

Sat June 20 - Tue September 22, 2020 RaceJoy Ready

Columbus Virtual Grand Prix

$50 Registration ends August 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

The CRC Virtual Grand Prix is a program that goes on the entire summer of 2020 to keep you motivated, get you out and exploring different parts of our city, and moving every step of the way. The program starts on June 20, but you can start and catch up at any time through August 31st.

Each week, we'll "unlock" a new course (week 1 will have two courses unlocked to start). You can complete the courses in any order, and once they're unlocked they are permanently available to you throughout the summer. You can utilize the FREE RaceJoy mobile application or use the maps and instructions we'll provide each week to keep you on track as you're out running and walking. The goal of the CRC Virtual Grand Prix is to get exposure to different parts of the city. Completion is the goal, not the fastest time. As you complete each course, be sure to log your results (we'll send reminders and instructions) to get credit. You can do each course as many times as you like, but you only need to do them once to mark it as complete. We'll have a random drawing each week from those who completed that week's unlocked course, and the lucky winner will take home a CRC gift card. All those who complete all 14 courses before summer is done (September 22, 2020) will receive a Grand Prix finisher prize mailed to their home.

How Does the CRC Virtual Grand Prix Work?
  • Sign Up for the CRC Virtual Grand Prix!
  • New courses will unlock each week of the summer, giving you new places to run.
  • When each course unlocks, you have from that date through the end of the summer (September 22) to complete the course. Once unlocked, courses never re-lock!
  • You can complete courses in any order (once unlocked) and at any time (through the summer).
  • Our goal for each course is completion! When you are submitting results you are able to enter a time for each course in the CRC Virtual Grand Prix, but it's not required and doesn't factor into the ultimate goal: running all around Columbus! If you don't enter a time, be sure to mark that you "finished but did not time your run" (as seen in the graphic below). Completion medals will be sent to those that complete all courses over the span of the summer. Just get out and try out new places (or new twists on places you already know)! We have a great network of running and walking spots, it's time to find some new spots! 

  • The mileage varies by course. Some are very short (0.5 miles is our shortest) and some have a little bit of length to them (6.68 miles is our longest). Most are in the 3-4 mile range. 
  • To complete the Virtual Grand Prix and earn your finisher medal, you MUST log completion for each course by either entering a time or checking the box that you did not time but did complete (as described above). In short: if your name shows up in the result page for that course (with or without a time), you have completed the course and will be counted.


What do I get?

  • A soft tri-blend t-shirt
  • Access to each course on the FREE RaceJoy mobile app (not required for use, but encouraged if you typically run/walk with your phone)
  • Super fit by running and walking all over town!
  • All those who complete all 14 courses will also receive a unique Grand Prix finisher medal highlighting their summer of activity.
  • All items will be shipped direct to your door shortly after summer is done. If you didn't complete all courses during the summer, your materials will be mailed We will be ordering the custom medals from a local supplier on the first day of autumn and will ship by September 25. If you did complete all courses during the summer, your materials will be shipped upon our receipt of the medals so that everything comes to you in one package.
  • After the event has completed, all registrants will be provided a one-time use promo code good for $5 off your registration fee at any CRC Signature Series event. This promo code will never expire!


Starting Week 2, during our weekly course announcement we will pull one random name from all registered participants and provide a $20 CRC gift card for use in any of our retail locations or for use shopping online. Keep an eye on those weekly course announcements to see if you're a winner!


Week 1 Unlocked Courses

  • Race Anywhere! Run or walk 4 miles, anytime between now and September 22. Log your results here for the Race Anywhere event.
  • Sharon Woods Loop. Park in the Maple Grove Picnic Area (1st large parking lot on your left as you enter the park) and run the outer loop. If you're using RaceJoy, run it counter-clockwise! Do this anytime between now and September 22. Log your results here for the Sharon Woods event. PREVIEW VIDEO

Week 2 Unlocked Course

  • Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Bison Course. Park in the Cedar Ridge parking area near the playground and head north on the Darby Creek Greenway Trail, turning around when you get to the Darby Creek Dr crossing. Do this anytime between now and September 22. Log your results here for the Battelle Darby Creek Bison Course event. PREVIEW VIDEO

Stop back each week for further unlocked courses. We'll also send all registered participants emails on Saturday mornings describing the new courses so you can head out and try something new!

Race Contact Info

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Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the CRC Virtual Grand Prix.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.


  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

The CRC Virtual Grand Prix is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy

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