Q: What is the goal of Anywhere5K?
Olympic marathoner Emil Zátopek once said,”Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.” In the same vein, why should you wait for a race if you’re ready today? You shouldn’t. Anywhere5K wants everyone to run fast and compete which is why we want you and other runners to “run your own race” whenever and wherever you want.
Q: Where can I run an Anywhere5K?
Not to beat a dead horse, but you can run an Anywhere5K anywhere you want. On a treadmill, as part of a training run, on trails, during a race you’re already running, anywhere.
Q: How do I map my course?
The best way to map your course is to use a USATF approved bicycle with a hub-mounted counter, but that is actually a pretty unrealistic suggestion. Instead, you can 1) use a GPS watch or measuring wheel, 2) use your car/bike odometer or an Internet mapping site (like MapMyRun), or 3) run a course from a 5K race you’ve run in the past.
Q: What/When/How should I post on Twitter or Facebook?
This is your time to share your accomplishment with your fellow runners. Whether you share it on Twitter with the #Anywhere5K hashtag, on our Facebook page, or as an Everyday #Anywhere5K just be sure to include the time. If you’re training for your Anywhere5K then add mileage. And if you’re feeling really enthusiastic about your run include temperature, terrain, shoes/no shoes, a photo or whatever else you’d care to share about your run.
Q: Who can run an Anywhere5K?
Anyone who wants to run one. Run one by yourself. Run with a group. Run with your dog or cat or wombat.
Q: Can I walk an Anywhere5K?
You can walk, jog, run, skip, or even race walk an Anywhere5K. Sorry, public transportation is not allowed.
Q: Can I run a race other than a 5K or are other distances restricted by location?
You can run any distance you want. The most common race distances are 5K (3.1 mi), 10K (6.2 mi), Half Marathon (21.7 km/13.1 mi) and Full Marathon (41.2 km/26.2 mi). If you’re running any distance greater than 5K just be sure to include that in your Facebook post or Tweet. EX: Just rocked 10K at 41:12 in Dublin! #Anywhere5K
Q: How does Anywhere5K incorporate the race atmosphere; the stuff that pushes me to run faster and stronger in a non-virtual road race?
While we believe you should run your own race wherever you are, whenever you want, we do want to bring people together for a hosted #Anywhere5K every now and then so we all can experience the Anywhere5K camaraderie. You’ll be surprised how much support you’ll get from people using Twitter and Facebook.
Q: How often will Anywhere5K host a race?
We’d like to host an Anywhere5K once a month. We’ll post them on our Races page along with registration information. Once the race is over we’ll post results on our Results page.
Q: Is there a cost?
There is no entry fee to run an Anywhere5K.
Q: When is packet pickup?
Good one. Each race has its own racing bib for download, and we have t-shirts for sale for those who are interested, but there is no packet pickup.
Q: Are there Anywhere5K race bibs?
Yes. Every Anywhere5K race has an official bib. Visit the race’s event page, download the bib, print it, and add your name. It’s that easy. And just in case your printer doesn’t agree with the bib, we created a short tutorial.
Q: Where do I submit my race time for monthly Anywhere5Ks?
Each Anywhere5K virtual race has a finisher form. You can access the form from the race’s event page found on our race calendar.
Q: I’m a runner. How can I go about writing a guest column for your blog?
If you’re interested in sharing a running story follow this link and submit your post. Provided there’s nothing obscene or inappropriate we’ll post your story on our website for the whole world to see.
Q: I’ve got an awesome product to share. How do I sponsor an Anywhere5K?
Glad you asked. Visit our Sponsors page and share a little information about your company and your product.