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Q: Do I have to complete a certain number of miles each day, or can I break it up and run more on the weekends?
A: You can run, walk or bike as much or as little as you want on a given day. In order to earn your finisher's medal, you'll have to finish your mileage before August 31, 2021
Q: Do I have to run the whole way?
A: No. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. If you are cycling the challenge you can do your miles outside on your non-electric two-wheeled bicycle, or inside on your stationary bike or Peloton. For the purpose of this competition a elliptical machine counts as a bike. You get to complete your own race, at your own pace, and track it yourself. For those who really want to mix their miles between running and cycling, we ask that you select a bike division so there is non unfair advantage for those comparing milestones along the route.
Q: Do I need a GPS watch/tracker, or MapMyRun? Will I need to show my watch or device for proof of running?
A: You can use one if you wish. You are on the Honor System to track and record your miles. There are many apps on the market that will help you track your mileage including FitBit, Strava or even Google Maps. We suggest MapMyRun which is free and allows you to plot your course before or after your run/walk/bike and determine your mileage. It also has paid features where you can track your miles while you run and a Route Genius feature that will automatically plot a course from any start location based on the number of miles you want to do that day.
Q: Do treadmill miles count? What about trail miles?
A: Yes for treadmills Yes for trail miles.
Q: Do elliptical miles count? Stationary bike?
A: For the purpose of The Challenge, elliptical machines and Pelotons are considered bicycles. And yes, all forms on inside biking count toward your mileage.
Q: I'm participating in another race during the same period as The Race Across Maryland Challenge. Can I count those miles during toward my total?
Q: Can I register after June 15?
A: You can register anytime, even after June 15, but you'll still need to finish by August 31 at midnight.
Q: If I register after the race starts on June 15, can I include my back mileage to June 15?
A: No. If you register before or on June 15, your mileage begins on June 15. If you register after June 15, your mileage begins on the date you register. But there are 77 days where you are allowed to track mileage so there is some wiggle room if you don't start on time.
Q: How long do I have to complete the mileage?
A: The rules state you have 60 days to complete your miles. However, in the virtual world, there is no one to enforce the rules, other than yourself. You can start entering results on June 15. You have until Aug 31 to submit your results. In a perfect world you would take 60 days to complete your 250 or 100 miles. However, the calendar gives you some flexibility with when you start and end your tracking. Think of it as a virtual pause button. If you need some extra time due to an injury or just want to take a 7 day break for vacation, that is up to you as the judge and jury in this challenge.
Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: Yes, Social Teams with 10 or more members get $10 off their entry fee. Registrants 1-9 will receive a refund once their team grows to 10 members. Also, individual who donate $125 to our charity through this site will receive a FREE Race Entry (automatically discounted when you checkout).
Q: How will I report my miles?
A: You can submit your results HERE. You can add multiple entries each day and make notes about that day's miles. You can also see your progress across the map on your personal results page. You can learn more about how to submit your mileage HERE.
Q: What is the elevation ascent/descent?
A: The West to East track starts at 2,199 ft and all down hill from there until you reach da' Ocean, hon! The North to South trek is 720 feet from the boarder to the Bay.
Q: Do all my miles in a day count?
A: The Race Across Maryland is a personal quest-- you against the miles ahead of you. You are on the honor system to track and record your distance. Only miles accumulated from direct physical activity intended for the challenge should count. In other words, steps you earn in your daily activities should not count. Distance traveled via car to get to the trail you are walking on should not count. We all know some trackers tend to encompass additional motions throughout your day so use your best judgement when logging your Challenge miles. You can enter multiple entries in the same day.
Q: Can we have a relay team?
A: The event was set up as an Individual event. However we do have SOCIAL TEAMS which will allow you to compete against your team members. Social Teams of 10 or more save $10 off the registration fee. Learn more HERE.
Q: When will I receive my towel and medal?
A: We plan to ship your race SWAG to you in August just before the end of the race. Our target ship date is August 5. You will receive a tracking email once they are handed off to the USPS.
Q: Do I get a medal?
A: Yes!. We will send the finisher's medal along with your towel near the end of the Challenge, in early August..
Q: What do the towels and medals look like?
A: You can see an image of the initial design on the AWARDS & PRIZES section of the website. You can select a female tank or a unisex t-shirt. All finishers get the same medal.
Q: Where is my bib and how can I print it out?
A: See the race bib section here.
Q: Where can I access my finisher certificate?
A: Once you submit your full results, click on your name and then click on the CERTIFICATE button on the upper right hand side. You can print and/or share the image on your social media pages
Q: Can I change my zip, address, name, etc.
A: Yes, you can edit your registration information. Here is a guide on making these changes.
Q: I live outside of the Maryland, can I still participate?
A: Absolutely! We know many out of staters are Marylanders art heart so bring it on! If you love Old Bay, crabcakes, a brackish water sign up and we will ship packages anywhere inside the continental USA.
Q: I own a small business and want you to come visit and be part of the event. How do I contact you?
A: We are trying to include as many Maryland based small businesses as we can. If you want to get involved, please reach out to Chris Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
Q: I live outside of the United States, can I still participate?
A: Unfortunately, we are only able to shipping packages inside the continental USA
Q: How do I find out more about the Charity?
A: Click on the Donate button at the top of the page, and then on subsequent links.