FAQs

Below are questions that we have received so far. If your question is not answered, please contact us.

Why are you holding this event?

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, aged 6-19 in the United States are obese. Many more are overweight. Our goal for this event is to raise the visibility of this important issue.

Who is putting on the Race Across USA?

Run-Walk Events is the organizer of this event.

What is the 100 Mile Club®?

The 100 Mile Club® is a national, school-based program with the goal to run or walk 100 miles during a school year. The program also teaches kids life skills, goal setting, and self-esteem while making physical activity a healthier habit for life. Proceeds from the Race Across USA event will directly sponsor students and program implementation in new and currently participating schools. Those kids who join accept the goal of running (or walking) 100 miles at school during a single school year. It now has members in over 700 schools in nearly every US State as well as three other countries – Canada, New Zealand and Japan! More information about the 100 Mile Club® can be found at http://www.100mileclub.com.

How far will we run each day?

We will run approximately 26.2 miles most days. In some cases, we will run less (such as on the last day of a state). In extraordinary circumstances, we may be forced to run more than 26.2 miles because of a detour or to visit a school or other planned event.

What's the daily cutoff?

This will be a timed race with the results published each day. However, some may not be gunning for a place on each state’s podium and instead, focus on finishing. This is fine. But, there will be time limits. Our hope is that all runners finish within six and one half hours. This may be a challenge on days where we have bad weather or severe elevation gain. The cutoff each day is eight hours.

Do I have to run?

The short answer is “No”. However, to be considered for a buckle (or a medal) you must complete the assigned distance each day within the cutoff time. See above.

What if I can’t finish a day’s run?

If you cannot finish the last few miles on a particular day, you will be given one chance to catch up by starting earlier than the other runners start the following day. If you are not successful in covering both the makeup miles and the day’s distance, you will need to move on with the team to the next day’s stage (not be able to make up any further distance). You will be able to start running the day you feel up to it.

Why have rest days been added?

We have added rest days in between each state so that we can recover if bad weather causes us to sit out a day and still make the border on schedule. This way, runners who want to run through a state will know the exact dates to ask off from work. (The same goes for volunteers.) The other rest days are there so we can visit schools along the route.

How will aid stations be handled?

Crew members will work together as a team to support all runners at the aid stations. While you run, you will have support based on what you have stored in each of your drop bags at roughly 6.6 miles, 13.1 miles and 19.7 miles. Every car will have a first aid kit. We recommend that you carry water, food, sufficient clothing and emergency supplies (e.g., blister care) in a small runner’s backpack.

Where will we stay at night?

Runners will have two options: Hotels or campgrounds. Hotels are more expensive, but if you bunk with one or two others, the cost drops substantially. Campgrounds will be cheaper both because the accommodations are less and you can make your own food. Campers are expected to bring their own tent (or RV), mat, sleeping bag and cooking supplies.

How will we handle meals?

Those who stay in hotel can eat at the hotel restaurant or, when they are available, at a local restaurant. In some cases, breakfast will be included in the cost of the accommodations. Those who camp are free to cook for themselves.

How will transportation be handled?

Runners are responsible for organizing their own transportation before/during/after the event. We have set up Facebook groups for each state to help! Up to three runners can share a crew member. Crew members will work together as a team to support all runners at the aid stations. While you run, you will have support based on what you have stored in each of your drop bags at roughly 6.6 miles, 13.1 miles and 19.7 miles.

Is there a discount if I want to run multiple races?

If you want to register for multiple (4-day) challenge races, you need to pay registration (currently $190) and then fundraise $100 for each day run. The maximum fundraising required is $1,000. So, you can run three challenge races and only have to raise $1,000. Likewise, if you want to register for multiple states, you need to pay registration (currently $290) and then raise $100 for each day run. The maximum fundraising required is $1,000. So, you can run say, Race Across California (10 days) and then register for Race Across Arizona without having to raise any more money.

How do teams work?

When you register, you would create a new team. When your running buddy registers, they would select the team that you created. The price is per runner is the same but the team can split the applicable fundraising goal. Together, the team must complete 26.2 miles per day in order to qualify for an award. There are currently three options:

1. The way we envision using a team is for two runners to share the miles. The first runner would run the first half marathon and then, the second runner would run the second half marathon. Simple.

2. If you had four runners, you could to the same as above, but each of the runners would run every other day.

3. Also, if you had four runners, you can have two teams following the first example, each running a half marathon.

Right now, we are asking runners to switch at the halfway point only. There’s a eight hour cutoff. So, there’s plenty of time to finish even if you walk a good portion of it.

What awards are available?

All runners who complete an event and run 100 miles or more will receive a buckle. All runners who complete an event and run less than 100 miles will receive a medal. The top three fastest runners for each state will receive special awards at the podium on the last night of the event. We will also have a very special award for the one runner who raises the most money overall for the 100 Mile Club®.

Are there still spots open to run the entire country, coast to coast?

While we have already selected our core team, there may be additional positions available in the near future. If you feel you have the skill, desire and experience to run across the entire country, feel free to contact us to learn more.

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