Schedule of events.
January 1, 12:01 a.m. EST - Registration Opens
January 11, 12:01 a.m. EST - Challenge Starts
January 20, 11:59 p.m. EST - Registration Closes
February 14, 11:59 p.m. EST - Event Ends
After February 15 - Swag and awards start shipping
What is the Winter Virtual Challenge?
35 Days. Team or Solo.
Mileage and Vert Goals. Weekly Challenges.
Exploration. Engaging in the Community.
Sign up with a team or solo, and go for the distance and vert goals, with fun twists along the way each week with our unique and exciting challenges!
The SEOTR Winter Virtual Challenge is all about bringing together the community, albeit virtually, in a fun and social way. This 5 week challenge will give you a platform to help explore and stay motivated during otherwise cold and dreary winter days.
This challenge is open to anyone, no matter where you live, by running, walking, hiking, or trekking (any foot powered mode!). You can make it as fun, difficult, or as social as you want. Although we hope to have a lot of fun and engaging activity on social media, with our Facebook Group and Strava Club, feel free to participate socially as much or as little as you wish. If you want to join this challenge and stay low-key while completing the goals and challenges, that is completely up to you.
There are two parts of the SEOTR Winter Virtual Challenge:
Overall Goals for Mileage and Elevation Gain (Vert!). We've set the bar for miles and vert for your team to reach at a number we think would be a good challenge, but doable by all! These numbers should keep you and your team motivated during these winter weeks. Feel free to go over and beyond this number, and compete for the most miles and vert awards! Solo runners have the same goal, but with bigger numbers!
Weekly Challenges. Each participant, whether you're on a team or solo, will also have challenges to complete each week! Stay excited and motivated with these tasks that will keep you on your feet, literally. Each challenge (we're thinking ~15) will have an award for a winner! Details on how to win a weekly challenge will be in the challenge descriptions which are distributed Sunday before each week.
How to register as a team: A"Team Captain" needs to register first for a team. The team captain pays the full price upon checking out and can collect from each team member on their own. Once you have registered as a team captain you will receive an email confirmation and access to a "Team Portal" on UltraSignup. It's here where you can edit the team name and invite the other members to join the team. You will need to type in the email address and names of the remaining three members and they will be sent a link to accept, and compete their own registration form.
How to register as a solo runner: Registering as a solo runner is the same as any normal event. Once you click the registration tab, be sure to select the "solo runner" option and then complete the registration process.
Registering Late? Didn't hear about this event until after January 11th? Don't worry, you can still participate in the Winter VIrtual Challenge as registration remains open until January 20th. You'll be able to backlog your mileage and vert on UltraSignup, and we'll send you all the Weekly Challenge details when you register.
Waiver and Insurance: This event is sanctioned through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) with SEOTR Events being an affiliate member. With this sanction, SEOTR is required and has obtained Virtual Running Event insurance and every participant needs to initial the waiver before participating. You will be prompted to read and initial the waiver once you register.
*There will be no refunds, deferrals, or transfers of registration for this event.
What do you get?
A community driven experience to keep you motivated for 5 weeks!
An invite into private SWVC Facebook Group and Strava Club.
A medallion/ornament with the SWVC design on it to remember the experience.
A chance to win prizes for overall winners and best challenge entries (20+ overall awards).
Electronic "Badges" with unique designs for each weekly challenge.
All swag and material will be shipped after the event ends on February 14th. For teams, we will send all material to the team captain's address and they will be responsible for distributing the material to each team member (if team members don't live near each other, email the event director and we can ship separately).
Want a SWVC Shirt?
We're making t-shirts optional for this event because we realize that not everyone wants another race event shirt to add to their collection. This helps us keep the costs of entry lower for you! However, if you want to remember your winter virtual challenge experience by rocking a soft and casual SWVC t-shirt, then we have you covered. You'll have the option of adding-on a t-shirt when you register, or if you decide later, you can click this link and purchase one at any time during the event.
In addition to each participant getting a medallion for participating in the overall mileage and vert challenge, each team and solo runners will have a chance to compete for some top overall awards as well. These will be unique hand-crafted awards that show your accomplishment! Here is a breakdown of the special category awards:
Most Total Miles for 4-person Team
Most Total Vert for 4-person Team
Most Total Miles for Solo Runner
Most Total Vert for Solo Runner
Special Award for each of the Weekly Challenges (~15-18 total). Instructions on how to "win" a challenge will be listed in the challenge descriptions distributed on each Sunday before the upcoming week.
How it works.
Once you're registered and the challenge starts (January 11), you'll be able to report each day's activity by clicking the red"record results +" tab on the event's UltraSignup Page.
Once you're into "record results +" page you'll be able to log your runs with distance, elevation gain (vert), and a place to attach a link, photo, and description to show proof of your entry. For this, include a link to your Strava or Garmin activity, or a photo of your watch or treadmill with distance.
Sharing your challenge completion is where social media comes in! Use our Strava Club and Facebook Group to post your fun challenge photos and selfies so everyone can see!
As you and your team accumulate distance and vert you'll be able to track your progress as well as see what other teams and participants are doing!
Throughout the 5 weeks there will be challenges in addition to the overall challenge goals. Each week there will be a list of new challenges that each person will aim to complete, whether you are on a team or a solo runner. Challenges will be sent out via email on the Sunday before the next week.
The weekly challenges will aim to add some fun and excitement to each week as you work toward completing your total distance and vertical goals. There will be challenges that help you explore new places, see new things, and push you to new limits! If you complete the weekly challenges it will make achieving the overall distance and vert goals a reality!
To show that you completed each challenge use the Strava Club and Facebook Group to share your experience! Post those fun selfies and photos to social media and be sure to tag SEOTR Events. If you're on Strava be sure to add those photos to your activity. We’ll be browsing through all the challenge photos and entries to choose our favorite!
Participants will receive uniquely designed "electronic badges" for each challenge so they can share it on social media or Strava.
We'll upload a new list of challenges each Sunday for the upcoming week and post them in these buttons below.
Complete each challenge on separate days and within the week! Once we send the upcoming week's challenges out, you have seven days to complete them!
Be sure to bring your phone with you on runs to snap those selfies and pictures of your challenge! After that, post to the SWVC Facebook Group and Strava Club!
Weekly Challenge Badges
(Click the download button on each badge to post on social media and Strava!)
Join the community.
After your register, be sure to join our Facebook and Strava group's to share your experiences and also be inspired by others! Post your photos, selfies, and stories about your progress.
Facebook Group: SEOTR Winter Virtual Challenge
Strava Club: SEOTR Winter Virtual Challenge
Be sure to tag us in those Instagram and Twitter posts as well, use #SWVC