Our Virtual Races allow athletes to run or walk anywhere in the world and still earn one of our beautiful finisher’s medals.
Net proceeds (after costs of bib, medal, shipping) will be donated to several small local non-profits, including local running clubs to assist with their scholarship efforts, through our Starfish Support Foundation,
The Virtual Runs have provided funds for numerous non-profit groups including John Hopkins Magnet Enrichment Program, Tutterow Stars Dance Team, Largo High Girls Cross Country Team, USFSP Club TRiO S4, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Calvary Chapel Running Team, U of South Florida All Stars, Operation SNIP, and Black Girls Run, to name a few.
Our Virtual Runs have also helped raise money for:
- Support Our Marines, Inc. founded by one of our loyal athletes, Dianne Villano, to support troops in the most remote locations.
- Partners For Life Foundation, created by Lorraine Yaslowitz to support families who lose loved ones to senseless acts of violence in memory of her husband Jeff, a K9 police officer in St. Petersburg, FL lost in the line of duty in 2011.
Here is how our Virtual Runs work:
Our virtual runs are staged completely on the honor system. By registering, we assume you will complete the mileage required. We will send you an official finisher medal from the event you registered for. These are beautiful, custom-made medals, along with a custom ribbon.
1) Registration is $30 for the Virtual race (any distance). International Athletes are charged an extra $7.50 to cover the cost of international shipping.
2) You will be able to download a race bib from our website to wear when you run.
3) For the purposes of the 5K Virtual Run, you can run a 5K or split it up over a few days.
4) For the purposes of the 50K, Marathon and Halfathon Virtual Run, you can complete your mileage in one run or you can split it up – your choice.
5) Please share your results, experience and photos at our Facebook Events page. Your results will NOT be recorded as official results, nor will you be eligible for age group awards or rankings. It is not necessary to send us emails to report results, but you are certainly welcome to share your comments on the Facebook page.
9) If we have medals left over after distribution to finishers on-site at our races, we will be able to ship virtual run participants their medal within a week or so after the event.
10) However, if we run out of medals, we will need to order new ones and it will take 5-6 weeks, as they will be manufactured overseas to our specific order.
11) Medals will be sent to virtual runners in the order of registration.This means some of you may receive medals within 2 weeks of our race, while others may receive them in 5-6 weeks.
12) Take the Challenge! Virtual athletes who complete our all 4 halfathons from October thru March can also earn a Challenge series completion medal. The cost is $10 to cover the cost of medal production and shipping. This purchase option will be available during registration for our series’ finale: the Fort De Soto Halfathon & Spring 5K Race.
Thank you for participating in our virtual run – it is very much appreciated by those non-profits we support.
– Craig Hablewitz, Virtual Runner who completed the 2015 Florida Beach Halfathon in Nepal