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.
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, Garmin Connect or even Google Maps.
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 18?
A: You can register anytime, even after March 18, but you'll still need to finish by April 26 at midnight Central Time.
Q: If I register after the race starts on March 18, can I include my back mileage to March 18?
A: No. If you register before or on March 18, your mileage begins on March 18. If you register after March 18, 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. The registration fee is $80 if you register after the race begins.
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 18. You have until April 26 to submit your results. In a perfect world you would do 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 miles per day to reach the goal you set for yourself. 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: How much does it cost to register?
A: Early Bird $60 on or before 2/18/2024. Regular $70 from 2/19/2024 until the day the race begins, March 18th. $80 if you register after March 18th.
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 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.)
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: Are the shirts unisex or gender specific?
A: The shirts have both a women and a unisex/men cut option. T-shirt is made from 6 oz. 100% cotton.
Q: What do the shirts 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 regardless of distance.
Q: When will I get my shirt
A: We have a target ship date of May 6 to ship shirts.
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: 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: Yes, however we are only able to shipping packages inside the continental USA, so please choose the No T-shirt Option.
Q: How do I find out more about the FP4H Ministry?
A: Access the First Place for Health website at www.firstplaceforhealth.com to find out more.