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The Run the L Challenge is a virtual challenge to run, walk, bike, or wheel 131 miles in 8 weeks. 131 miles* is the total distance of Chicago's elevated public transit system.
*We rounded a few lines to make for even distances.
The challenge starts on Monday, March 22, 2021, and ends on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
You have officially completed the challenge when you complete the mileage required for each respective line and finish 131 miles in total. You may see your progress on your personal Results page. If you'd like to go above and beyond (wow!!), you may absolutely continue adding mileage. There is no limit to the number of miles you can log within the 8 weeks. We have even added additional badges for you over-achievers!
You may track your miles with any app, watch, or fitness device that you would like.
Yes, you may!
Yes! For the Spring Edition of this challenge, we've added a Bike option! You must sign up for the L Challenge Bike.
L Challenge Wheel is for athletes logging their miles using wheelchairs, handcycles, and pushrims.
No. Since they are separate challenges, you may only run/walk the L Challenge and bike the L Challenge Bike.
We will begin mailing Challenge Boxes in June 2021 to the address you provided during registration. The Challenge Box will be mailed to everyone who starts the challenge.
We highly encourage you to use a U.S. address during registration to which we'll ship your Challenge Box. Note: international shipments will come at an additional cost to the participant. The International Shipping Fee is $30. We will only ship the package once and are not responsible for any lost or unreceived packages.
If you want to complete this challenge with a friend, you can sign up as a Relay Team. The captain registers first for the Relay option using "Create a Team" paying the full team entry cost. The teammate then uses the "Join the Team" option, choosing the Team Name that the captain created.
You may choose to split the 131 miles in half or however you'd like!
Yes! You will each be able to submit your mailing address when you register.
Yes, if your team logs 131 miles! You will each earn a finisher medal as long as your team completes 131 miles.
Click here to visit your Profile. From there, you will see "View Digital Bib" on the right panel of your registration for this event. You must be logged into your RSU account to access this. You do not need to wear a bib during this Challenge.
RunSignUp allows you to access your registration through your Profile. From there you can resend your confirmation email if you have misplaced it, or if you have not received it.
Note: If you did not receive your confirmation make sure to check your Spam/Clutter folders.
You will always be able to resend the registration confirmation for any registrations associated with your Profile (including any sub-accounts of yours) by following these steps:
Click Resend Confirmation next to the registration that you would like to resend the registration confirmation.
At that point, the confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with that registration. If the original confirmation message did not send because you had a typo in an email address, you will need to update this information as explained in How to Correct Typo/Modify Profile.
If you ever happen to forget your password, simply open up the “Login”, and click Forgot Password? At this point, you can enter in the email address you use to access your RunSignup account, and click on the button labeled Send Reset Password Link
After clicking the “Reset Password” button, you will receive an email with a unique link allowing you to reset the password for your RunSignUp account.
Click here to visit your Profile. From there, you will see "Submit Virtual Results" and other options on the right panel of your registration for this event. You must be logged into your RSU account to access this. Miles must be logged within the challenge time frame of March 22, 2021 to May 16, 2021. You can track your distance with a number of different phone apps (Strava, Garmin Connect, etc.), your watch, or your favorite fitness device. You can log daily or weekly, as the platform will track your progress and will let you know when you have reached the 131 mile goal. We will provide detailed instructions in March!
No, this virtual challenge is based on the honor system. Due to the manual nature of submitting your results, we request that you uphold the integrity of our sport and submit only results that are honest and accurate to the best of your ability. Race staff reserves the right to request proof for any result submission.
For every 3 friends who use your referral link to register, you will receive a refund of $15 credited back to you. The maximum refund amount is $75 for the solo challenge and $120 for the 2-person relay.
The referral has to sign up with your unique referral link. We cannot apply a referral link to any accounts after registration.
After you register, you will receive your unique referral link in your confirmation email as well as on the confirmation page screen. You may also resend your confirmation email through your Profile. You may also view your Referral Links here.