Virtual 5k FAQs


Virtual Race Dates: September 22 - October 5, 2024


Q1. What is a virtual 5k?

A virtual 5k is a race where you choose where and when to participate. You can run or walk 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) at a location of your choice.

Q2. Where do I run it? How do I find my Route?

That is up to you! Popular locations include: around the neighborhood, at parks, on walking trails, or you can pick a significant location. You can even run/walk on your treadmill! Your church group may opt to walk around the church building, your office team may opt to walk around the business park. All you have to do is make sure you can cover 5 kilometers (3.1 Miles).

Q3. How do I time myself? How do I know how far I have gone?

We recommend using an app such as Map My Run, Runkeeper, RunTracker or other mapping apps to plan your route ahead of time to make sure you cover 5 Kilometers (3.1 miles). You can also use a device such as a smart watch.

Q4. Do I have to time myself?

Reporting a race time is only required if you want to be considered for a prize in your age category.

Q5. How do I enter/share my results?

From September 22 to October 5 we will be accepting race times at here: Submit Your Time.

Q6. Do I have to run?

To be considered for a prize in your age group, you must submit a running or walking time. Otherwise, you can complete the 5k how you would like.

Q7. When is the race?

You have 14 days to complete your 5k. The virtual Red Shoe 5k kicks off on Sunday, September 22, 2024 and you have until 11:59 PM EST on Saturday October 5, 2024 to complete it. You can run or walk any time of the day you prefer – this is your chance to schedule it around your time and the weather!

If you want to qualify for one of our 5k awards, your race time and distance must be reported by 11:59 PM on October 7, 2023. Submit Your Time Here. Only those who run or walk the race and report their times and distance will be considered for age group prizes.

Q8. Can I still have a team?

You can have an even bigger team with a virtual race! Invite friends, family, and your entire network across the world to join your team. You don’t have to be physically together to be a team, just registered as one.

Q9. Will I still get a shirt?

Yes, If you opt in for a shirt upon registration you will have a shirt mailed to you. Those who register after October 1 will receive their shirt after the race.

Q10. Will there still be prizes given out? / How do I compete to get a prize?

Yes! Only those who run or walk the 5k will be considered for a prize in their age category. Running and walking times must be submitted from September 22 to October 5. Everyone will have a chance to win for Most Raised by an Individual, Most Raised by a Team, Biggest Team, and more.


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