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Great American 5000

From June 15 - September 14

Virtual Team Challenge from San Francisco to New York City

2024 Great American 5000

$50 Price increases after June 15, 2024 at 12:10am EDT
Open to ages 5+.

Great American 5000

The Great American 5000 is a virtual team run from San Francisco to New York City—and everywhere in between! Assemble your crew of up to 12 or 24 people, accumulate mileage, and chip away at the 5,000k (3,107-mile) journey. An online map will track each team’s virtual progress across the country and a leaderboard will display the standings in real time, with groups in open, female, and co-ed divisions.


Your team from June 15 to September 14 to complete the 5,000k trek—that’s as few as 33.4 miles per day for your team (1.4 for each individual)! Run, walk, hike—it can all count towards your team's mileage. Individual team members will track their own runs/walks/hikes using a GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, MapMyRun, Garmin, etc.). You will upload your activity into the submission site which will update the leaderboard & move your team’s dot across the map. Details about inputting daily activity results can be found here.

GA5000 Website Submit Your Miles Official Leaderboard


The Great American 5000 begins at the Golden Gate Bridge on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco and traverses 12 states on its 3,107-mile trek across the U.S., ending on the Atlantic Coast at the Empire State Building in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Along the way, you’ll pass man made structures like “The Bean” (Cloud Gate) in Chicago, run through national parks and more state parks than we can count, and see roadside attractions and oddities that are pure Americana!

Throughout your team’s journey, our team of experienced race organizers will be with your every step of the way! We’ll set up ways for you to stay connected with your team and highlight noteworthy portions of the virtual route you are completing.

Course Course Highlights Course Website


  • Shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Virtual Badges (mini-goals on your way to the finish line)
  • Pre-mapped 5,000k course across the country
  • Leaderboard and Online Map with real time standings
  • Virtual travel experience through fun facts and photos of things you would see along the route

Referral Rewards

The only thing better than the Great American 5000 experience is sharing it with friends & family! Invite others to join you on your journey and earn the following rewards:

  • Refer 7, receive event sticker & water bottle
  • Refer 15, receive sticker, water bottle, & Goodr sunglasses

Share your unique referral link (found in your confirmation email). You can share the link via email, social media, or text. Remind your friends/family to use your link to score all the rewards! To be counted towards your referrals, they must register using your unique link.


You must join a team, but you can compete as a team of one or with up to 24 of your closest friends. Then you register as individuals. You should assign one team captain to set-up your team & then they will be able to share the team name & password (optional) for others to register & join. You will also be able to search for a team during registration & choose to join the team then. For more information, visit our Team Captain Info page.

Team Sizes:

  • 12-Person Team: 1-12 members
  • 24-Person Team: 13-24 members

Team Type

  • Open
  • Female
  • Male
Create/Join a Team Manage Team

How to Log Activities 

  1. Participant Look Up
  2. Lookup Registration
  3. Log Activities 
  4. Two ways to log:
    • Manually Enter
    • Load Activities from File
  5. Submit Activities


How To Edit

  1. Participant Look Up
  2. Lookup Registration
  3. Log Activities next to event name
  4. Manage Activities
  5. Edit or Delete


Submit Your Miles

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Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. With your support, we can make this region a more vibrant place to live where safe opportunities to walk, run, bike, or workout abound & where access to these activities are available to all – regardless of age or income level. Thank you for considering an investment in our region’s future!

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