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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 from June 17 to September 9 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. Individual team members will track their own runs/walks/hikes using a GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, MapMyRun, Garmin, etc.). You will upload your activity into the submission site which will update the leaderboard & move your team’s dot across the map. Details about inputting daily activity results can be found here.
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 Highlights Course Website
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:
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.
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