Have you ever wanted to hike or run the Pacific Crest Trail? Then we have the race for you! The virtual RUN the PCT takes place over three months and you can choose between running the whole thing or just picking a state to run (California, Washington, or Oregon). You can form a team or take it on solo.
The Pacific Crest trail starts at the US/Mexico border and goes north to the US/Canada border, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington states. You will be running wherever you are; on the PCT, near the PCT, nowhere near the PCT, really really far from the PCT. You are completing the distance from anywhere. This race has four categories/distances to choose from:
The RUN the PCT race starts on June 1 and ends on August 31, 2020. You can run any time and as much or as little as you want during that time.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to create an account or log into your existing account on Ultrasignup before registering. You cannot register as a guest because you need an account to record your run results.
Registration is open May 16 – July 31. You can register after the race has started on June 1st, you just have fewer days to complete the distance.
There are no transfers to other runners, and no credits or refunds are given if you decide you cannot run the race.
You can now participate on more than one team or in multiple categories! Say you are already running the Oregon distance solo, and now you want to join a team that is doing the Entire distance. You can! And you can use the same run for both categories. Or maybe you finish your category before the race is officially over and you want to sign up to do a different category so you can keep motivated to run. You can!
If you want to register for multiple categories simultaneously or sequentially, you will click the Register button and sign up again, like normal. You will pay the registration fee a second time. Here’s the important part: when you record your results, be sure you are selecting the correct category so that your miles go to the correct registration.
Everyone earns a pretty cool wooden award, that you’ll want to show off, for completing the section you’ve registered for.
There is a raffle! We will randomly draw five people from all the entrants, at the end of the race, who each will receive this awesome prize package:
There are gender-specific shirts and hoodies you can add-on to your registration, or order separately through July 31, for an additional cost if you are interested in more ways to remember this challenge. All RUN the PCT merchandise is mailed after the conclusion of the race, along with finisher awards and any other prizes.
You can take on any segment all your own, completing that section over the three months solo.
There is a team option too, to make it easier to tackle the entire PCT distance or the California section, or just to make it more fun to do any category, with friends near or far. Teams can be anywhere between 2 and 8 people. Everyone on the team contributes to completing the distance for the category you sign up for.
If forming a team, you’ll need to have a team name ready when the team captain signs up first. After the captain has created a team, the rest of the teammates can register.
After each run, you’ll submit your time and distance online. You can manually enter your distance and time for each run. Bike miles are not allowed.
Everyone is a winner. No one is a winner. This race is to challenge you to go the distance. We don’t care if you’re fast or slow or if you do it alone or on a team of two or eight people. Everyone is running in different places, different days, and different elevations and so it isn’t fair to crown a person or a team as the overall winners for getting done fastest. You will be able to see how fast your fellow racers are going and their finish times. You can let that motivate you to go further or faster, if you want. Or not.
Like the RUN the PCT Facebook page to stay current on what’s happening with the race.
Get inspired with Go Beyond Racing’s Instagram. Share your photos with the #runthepct hashtag.
If you’re a Strava user, you can join the race Strava club
We do have a few rules that apply to all Go Beyond Racing races. Since this race is virtual, we aren’t there with you and the rules are a bit different:
If you didn’t pre-order a shirt or hoody during the registration process, or have changed your mind and now want one, you can pre-order here through July 31. We will ship these with the finisher awards at the conclusion of the race.
Cover photo of Chinook Pass, in Washington, by Eric Valentine