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Q: How does a virtual run work?
A: Once you register for a distance, the next step is to complete the distance and earn your finisher medal. The distance set by the event that you register for can be completed at any location of your choice, and can even be completed indoors on a treadmill or stationary bike! You have until the end of June to complete all 6 distances!
Q: Where should I run or ride my race?
A: That's the beauty of a virtual race, you can run or ride wherever and whenever you like! We do however insist you stay safe by observing all local, state and federal social distancing orders as well as respecting any closures or social distancing rules of local, county or state parks. Also if you're not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms of COVID19, it's best you stay home, rest and seek medical attention if necessary.
Q: I'm not ready to run a full 15K or ride a whole 50 miles at once, can I break them up?
A: Sure! Just keep track of your subtimes, add them together when you're ready to submit your final time. If you'd like a training program to help you prepare, we're here for that, too!
Q: What do I get for participating?
A: Participants get a custom limited edition Gateway Resilience Run t-shirt, a custom finisher’s medal denoting the distance completed, a virtual race bib, virtual results, and offers from dozens of small businesses here in St. Louis. (an example offer is $20 off a pair of running shoes at Big River Running Company)
Q: When can I participate?
A: Registration opens the first week of April and participants have until the end of June to complete one or all of the distances offered.
Q: What is the cost?
A: Cost is $25.
Q: Where do my participation fees go?
A: After expenses are paid (t-shirt, medal, shipping, etc.) all proceeds will go to The Gateway Resilience Fund or to one of the local charity beneficiaries listed on the webpage.
Q: What activities are there for me to participate in?
A: 5k, 10k and 15k distances are being offered at this time. And while this is a run, we’re also allowing cyclists a chance to participate by doing one of our virtual rides of 10M, 25M and 50M.
Q: Is there a minimum age to complete a virtual race?
A: Athlinks requires an age of 16 to create an account, but anyone can register, run or ride, and submit a time.
Q: When do I receive my finisher medal?
A: As soon as we receive the finisher medals, we will start mailing them out, along with shirts. Race bags are virtual, so those arrive as soon as you finish registering.
Q: How much of my registration is donated to charity?
A: $5 of every fee is automatically set aside for either the Gateway Resilience Fund, or a race that was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You get to choose where your money goes during the registration process.
Q: When does the charity receive the donations?
A: Any additional funds raised will immediately be sent to the Gateway Resilience Fund. Donations from the registration fees will be totaled and sent bi-weekly.