Great American 5000

From June 18 - September 10

Virtual Team Challenge from San Francisco to New York City

Great American 5000

The Great American 5000 is a virtual team run from San Francisco to New York City—and everywhere in between! Assemble your crew of up to 12 or 24 people, accumulate mileage, and chip away at the 5,000k (3,107-mile) journey. An online map will track each team’s virtual progress across the country and a leaderboard will display the standings in real time, with groups in open, female, and co-ed divisions.


Your team has until September 10 to complete the 5,000k trek—that’s as few as 33.4 miles per day for your team (1.4 for each individual)! Run, walk, hike—it can all count towards your team's mileage.


You can even make your achievement mean more by donating and helping raise funds for Feeding America, our official Race Charity.


GA5000 Website Submit Your Miles Official Leaderboard

How It Works

Individual team members will track their own runs/walks/hikes using one of the many GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, Map My Run, Garmin, Wahoo, etc.). From there you will upload your tracked run into the event’s site which will update the leaderboard and move your team’s dot across the course map.  Manual entries without GPS will be permitted but are not encouraged for the sake of running validation. Details about inputting daily activity results can be found here.

Specific details about inputting cycling metrics will be email to registrants in advance of the start.

Official leaderboard/map information to come

Submit Your Miles Official Leaderboard


  • Shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Virtual Badges (mini-goals on your way to the finish line)
  • Pre-mapped 5,000k course across the country
  • Leaderboard and Online Map with real time standings
  • Virtual travel experience through fun facts and photos of things you would see along the route

Referral Rewards

The only thing better than the Great American 5000 experience is sharing it with friends & family! Invite others to join you on your journey and earn the following rewards:

  • Refer 7, receive event sticker & water bottle
  • Refer 15, receive sticker, water bottle, & Goodr sunglasses

Share your unique referral link (found in your confirmation email). You can share the link via email, social media, or text. Remind your friends/family to use your link to score all the rewards! To be counted towards your referrals, they must register using your unique link.


You must join a team, but you can compete as a team of one or with up to 24 of your closest friends. Then you register as individuals. You should assign one team captain to set-up your team & then they will be able to share the team name & password (optional) for others to register & join. You will also be able to search for a team during registration & choose to join the team then. For more information, visit our Team Captain Info page.

Team Sizes:

  • 12-Person Team: 1-12 members
  • 24-Person Team: 13-24 members

Team Type

  • Open
  • Female
  • Co-Ed (at least 50% of the team is female)
Create/Join a Team Manage Team

How to Log Activities 

  1. Participant Look Up
  2. Lookup Registration
  3. Log Activities 
  4. Two ways to log:
    • Manually Enter
    • Load Activities from File
  5. Submit Activities


How To Edit

  1. Participant Look Up
  2. Lookup Registration
  3. Log Activities next to event name
  4. Manage Activities
  5. Edit or Delete



The Great American 5000 begins at the Golden Gate Bridge on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco and traverses 12 states on its 3,107-mile trek across the U.S., ending on the Atlantic Coast at the Empire State Building in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Along the way, you’ll pass man made structures like “The Bean” (Cloud Gate) in Chicago, run through national parks and more state parks than we can count, and see roadside attractions and oddities that are pure Americana!


Throughout your team’s journey, our team of experienced race organizers will be with your every step of the way! We’ll set up ways for you to stay connected with your team and highlight noteworthy portions of the virtual route you are completing.

Course Course Hightlights Course Website

Feeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of food banks & engage the US in the fight to end hunger. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has soared & food insecurity is on the rise. Food banks are seeing an increased demand, about 60% more than the same time last year. They estimate as a result of the pandemic:

  • More than 50 million people may face hunger in the US
  • 1 in every 6 people will face hunger in the US
  • An additional 7 million children could face hunger, for a total of 18 million children
  • 1 in every 4 children will face hunger in the US

$1 can help provide at least 10 meals to kids, families, & individuals facing hunger.

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Let’s Go, RVA! Sports Backers mission is to inspire people to live actively. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing quality participatory events that motivate residents & visitors to be more active, hosting group exercise programs for both youth & adults, & advocating for safe bike & pedestrian infrastructure. 

Although we have had to morph and change our normal programming & events over the past two years, we have not stopped pursing our mission. And we are excited to be back to hosting in-person events/programs & have been met with an equal amount of excitement from the community & participants.

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