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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, bike or exercise 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 April 9th
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, Peleton or elliptical machine. You can even substitute exercise activities for miles (20 Minutes of activity = 1 mile). You get to complete your own race, at your own pace, and track it yourself. CLICK HERE to see a list of suggested exercise replacements
Q: Do I need a GPS watch/tracker? 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 My Place to Race 40-Day Challenge. Can I count those miles during toward my total?
Q: Can I register after March 1?
A: You can register anytime, even after March 1, but you'll still need to finish by April 9 at midnight Eastern Time.
Q: If I register after the race starts on March 1, can I include my back mileage to March 1?
A: No. If you register before or on March 1, your mileage begins on March 1. If you register after March 1, your mileage begins on the date you register. But you can do as many miles as you want each day 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 40 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 March 1. You have until April 9 to submit your results. In a perfect world you would do 1, 2, or 3 miles per day to complete your 40, 80 or 120 miles. However, you have some flexibility with when you start and end your tracking. If you need a break or want to take a 7-day vacation, that is up to you as the judge and jury in this challenge. You may need to do some extra miles on some days to make up for days off.
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). There is also special pricing for youth participants. Registrants 11 to 17 get 30% off; Youth age 6 to 10 save 40% off; Kids 5 and under are free (no shirt or medal offered for 5 & Under registrants.) No code needed. Youth discount is applied automatically during registration. Please note, you cannot combine youth and social team discounts.
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: Do all my miles in a day count?
A: The My Place to Race - 40-Day Challenge 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 you clarify some of the Results Page notations and what they mean?
A: Sure. Here you go:
Tally- The number of miles you have traveled.
Gun Time- The time you have traveled (optional)
Pace- The time per mile (based on time is inputted. This is optional and will be in error if you don't input times with each activity.)
Overall Progress- The % of your goal you have covered
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: For those joining a social team, do all the members need to choose the same Mile distance or can each team member choose a different distance?
A: Each person selects their own distance, 40; 80; or 120 miles. We want everyone to be successful. Choose the level best for you. That said, when viewing team results, your team will grouped by goal distance.
Q: Are the shirts unisex or gender specific?
A: The shirts are unisex cut Hanes Authentic-T® T-shirt is made from 6.1-oz, 100% cotton. Each T-shirt features a crewneck collar, shoulder tape, set-in sleeves and a self-fabric hem. Double-needled stitching at the collar, hem and sleeves provides durability.
Q: Do I get a medal?
A: Yes! We will send the finisher's medal along with your race shirt near the end of the Challenge. Our target ship date is April 16.
Q: What do the shirts and medals look like?
A: You can see an image of the initial design on the AWARDS & PRIZES section of the website. All finishers get the same T-shirt and medal regardless of distance.
Q: When will I get my shirt and medal?
A: We have a target ship date of April 16 to ship shirts and medals.
Q: Where is my bib and how can I print it out?
A: See the race bib section here.
Q: Where do I find the Facebook Group?
A: You can find our event Facebook group HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/706211893612657 (if the hyperlink does not work, type this URL into your browser.)
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: If I am not a First Place for Health member, can I still participate?
Q: If 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 FP4H Ministry?
A: Click on the Donate button at the top of the page, and then on subsequent links.
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