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. 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.
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.
Everyone earns a pretty cool wooden award, that you’ll want to show off, for completing the section you’ve registered for.
We are currently working on additional prizes and will update here.
There are shirts you can add-on to your registration 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, or upload an activity link (Strava, etc.).
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 down 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.
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:
Cover photo of Chinook Pass, in Washington, by Eric Valentine