Virtual Challenge FAQs
Is it really free?
Yes! The challenge is totally free to sign-up and do your first, tenth, or hundredth multisport event.
Who is this virtual event for?
Anyone who is 13 years of age and older! Whether you’re looking to do your first multisport event or have done hundreds, anyone can participate. New athletes are encouraged to participate in the non-competitive event, while a competitive competition is also available for experienced athletes or those looking to test themselves against fellow athletes across the country. To be considered a finisher, you simply need to complete the required distances for the specific multisport event. The Virtual Challenge is unique in that is a run-bike format, while a traditional virtual triathlon would include swimming, cycling and running, and a virtual duathlon would include running, cycling and running again.
Where should I participate?
Wherever you can safely complete the disciplines, maintaining the recommended minimum of at least six feet of social distancing and abiding by all local, state and federal government mandates. Ride on the trainer or outdoors. Run on a treadmill, track or trail. As long as you can measure your time and distance via a smartwatch, GPS-enabled device or phone, you can sync to the platform.
How do I register?
How far do I have to bike and run?
40km bike – 20km run.
Do I have to complete all of the distance in one run or bike ride?
NO! Both challenges are cumulative so you can ride and run as much or as little as you want and as often as you want to achieve the distances. You can also exceed the distances listed.
Do I need a USA Triathlon Membership?
You do not need a USA Triathlon (USAT) Membership as this is a free event. However, if you plan on participating in future USAT sanctioned events we encourage you to register for a membership to avoid race-day registration fees. The USAT Membership program currently has over 500,000 members who receive benefits such as discounts on products and services, access to a weekly Multisport Zone e-newsletter, USAT Magazine and more! Learn more here.
Can non-US Citizens participate?
Yes, the Virtual Challenge is open to anybody.
Do I have to have a fitness tracker device (like Apple Watch or FitBit) in order to participate?
No, you do not have to have a tracking device to participate. By logging into your FitRankings Profile, you can manually add in your workouts, mileage, and times. However, using a tracker is highly encouraged as most trackers will automatically upload your workouts. Additionally, manually uploaded workouts may not be eligible for awards.
What if I have technical errors and my device did not record my stats properly?
There is likely a problem with how your device is connected. Please refer to THIS PAGE for more details on how to address this.
What if I have a fulfillment issue with my Finisher's Package?
For any fulfillment issue please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
How are my results uploaded?
When using a tracking device, your results are uploaded to FitRankings every-time you sync your device with its respective app. For instance, when you sync your Garmin with the Garmin Connect app, all workouts from your Garmin will be uploaded automatically. Note that you must have previously connected each device you track workouts on to FitRankings for this to occur.
Where can I track and view my results?
Click below to view results. You must be logged into your FitRankings account to view your individual results.
Note that USA Triathlon is not calculating typical age group results for these challenges.
How much time do I have to complete this virtual event?
The event will take place from July 17 at 12:01 a.m. MT to August 16 at 11:59 p.m. MT.
What happens if I exceed the distances needed for the bike, or run?
You are welcome to exceed the distances for either of these challenges. Bike and run as much as you like!
How will I know when I complete the virtual event?
You will receive a completion email from the platform congratulating you on this great accomplishment!
What is Time to Tri?
Time to Tri is an unprecedented initiative within the triathlon industry to grow the sport by proactively recruiting and supporting athletes as they train for and compete in their first race. The initiative, a strategic joint effort between USA Triathlon and IRONMAN, was unveiled in early 2018.
What if I don’t have a swimming pool? (Not applicable for duathlon events)
There are various facilities, clubs and communities that offer indoor swimming pools. Check with your local gyms, YMCA's, and community centers.
Additionally, you can search online through U.S. Masters Swimming.
For additional questions click here to submit.