Columbus State Cougar 5K Challenge (Virtual Event)

Race: Columbus State Cougar 5K Challenge (Virtual Event)
Sat May 1 - Sun May 9 Delaware, OH 43015 US
RaceJoy Ready
Delaware, OH US 43015


Welcome to the 2021 Cougar 5K Challenge


Our Purpose:

Every year the Columbus State Staff Advisory Council hosts the Cougar 5K Challenge to raise money for student book scholarships. Last year the event was a huge success and raised over $10,000, despite switching to a virtual race format due to COVID-19 restrictions. The cost of books is a significant and often overlooked barrier to finishing college. While Columbus State makes every effort to provide students affordable options, sometimes there is no way around the costs of up-to-date, high-quality textbooks. Your participation and support of this race will help us to endow book scholarships so all students can “cross the finish line” of their education.


This year, to continue doing our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19, we will again be holding the Cougar 5K Challenge in a virtual format.


How Does a Virtual 5K Work?:

Instead of gathering and running together on the Delaware Campus, each participant can run or walk the 5K wherever and whenever they choose between Saturday, May 1st, and Sunday, May 9th. We’ll send a follow-up email closer to the start date to explain how to submit your race time to qualify for some awesome prizes. Due to this being a virtual race where there will be inconsistencies in everyone’s chosen course, possible weather, tracking devices, etc., no placement medals will be awarded this year. Instead, everyone will receive a participation medal, a race shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the team with the most members, the team that raises the most donation money, and the team that has the most participants submit their race time.

How to submit your times for results

Manual Method

  • Run/walk your 5k (3.1 mile) distance anywhere and anytime from May 1 to May 9
  • Record your run/walk time on a piece of paper
  • Come back to this race page
  • Make sure you are logged into
  • Locate the "Results" tab at the top of the menu
  • Click "Submit Virtual Results" button
  • Locate your participant information.  Once found, click the "submit virtual results" button

Automatic Method

  • Download the RaceJoy App
  • Locate the Columbus Cougar 5k Challenge event in the App
  • Use the Race Anywhere course when you run/walk your 5k
  • At the end of your 5k, submit your times through the app (additional instructions will be sent to you about using RaceJoy)


Steps to Participate:

1. Register as an individual or register on a team

2. Run or walk a 5K anywhere and anytime between Saturday, May 1st to Sunday, May 9th, 2021

3. Submit your race time before midnight on May 9th to be eligible to win prizes




1. Sign up on your own

2. Feel free to make a donation and tell your family and friends to donate via the general donation button


1. Select a team to join

2. Sign up for that team

3. Feel free to make a donation and tell your family and friends to donate through your “team donation button.”


Swag Bag Pickup:

In place of a packet pickup, we’ll be handing out swag bags with each participant’s t-shirt and medal* sometime after we’re able to return to campus. If you’re not on campus, we will make plans to get you your swag bag another way.

*During the registration, you will have an option to not receive a shirt and/or medal.  If you select not to receive one or both of these items, the savings from not having to purchase them will go directly back to student scholarships.


Prizes Awarded To:

  • The team with the most members
  • The team that raises the most donation money
  • The team that has the most people on their team submit their race times
Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Columbus State Cougar 5K Challenge (Virtual Event).

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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