What does it mean to run virtually?
A virtual race is a race that can be completed where and whenever you’d like. You can time the race on your own through an app, watch, or other timing device. You can submit your results and receive your certificate and race swag to celebrate what you’ve accomplished!
When will my packet be mailed?
June | If you register by May 28, 2020, your packet will arrive the week of June 1st. After May 28th, all packets will be mailed weekly.
July | If you register by June 29, 2020, your packet will arrive the week of July 1st. After June 29th, all packets will be mailed weekly.
August | If you register by July 30, 2020, your packet will arrive the week of August 1st. After July 30th, all packets will be mailed weekly.
5K Series | Participants will receive 3 packets with each month’s finisher items: one in June, one in July, and one in August.
Mutt Mile | Starting June 1, 2020, packets will be mailed weekly.
What is included in my packet?
Your packet will include:
- Finisher Medal
- Race Bib
- Finisher Beach Towel
- Nuun Endurance Hydration Drink Mix
Mutt Mile packet will include:
- Finisher Dog Tag
- Summer Water Bottle
Stay connected to our running community
We encourage you to connect with other The Dog Days of Summer 5K participants in our online communities. Share your successes, cheer on other runners, and get to know the person running with you virtually. Dog photos are always welcome!
Refer your Friends and Win!
Use our referral program to recruit your friends to run The Dog Days of Summer 5K with you. We will reward our top 3 referrers with a special treat. Get ready to fetch your friends!
Can I run the race in installments?
In order to submit your results, please complete the race distance in one run/walk.
Where can I run?
You can run anywhere (that is safe, of course!). Pick your favorite trail, route, or treadmill. You’ll have the option to tell us how you run when you submit your virtual results.
How should I record my run?
You are able to submit your results via link or a photo. If you are completing your run or walk outdoors, many types of apps and watches/devices will record your distance and time. If you are using a treadmill, a photo of the display will be accepted. You can enter a link to a public page from an app, take a screenshot from your phone, or take a photo of your watch or your treadmill. Please be sure to record both your distance and time.
Can I submit my results?
While it is not required, we do encourage you to upload your results to our leaderboard. Doing this is easy.
- Log into your Participant Account
- Click “Your Registrations”
- Click edit registration on your event
- Submit virtual results
- Enter your total finish time
- Enter your proof of finish time via link or photo (optional)
- Tell us how, when, and with whom you ran (optional)
- Click “Save”
Where can I view results?
Where can I download my virtual certificate?
- Go to the Results Page
- Click the down arrow next to your name and results
- Click “Download Finisher Certificate”
Are there age group awards?
Age group awards will be given to the top 3 per age group in the 5K series (June, July, and August).
Age Groups by gender: 19 and under, 20-20, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Who does the race benefit?
The Virginia Beach SPCA believes that the animal-human bond creates healthier, happier, more connected communities. Through pet adoption and sheltering, low-cost public veterinary clinic services, humane education programs, wildlife triage and canine pet training, the VBSPCA is able to continue to deliver their mission of compassion to our community. You can support the mission of the VBSPCA by adopting, donating, or volunteering. Learn more today at vbspca.com.
I’ve never run a 5K. How should I train?
We encourage everyone of all ages to participate. Run, Walk, or Crawl — speed doesn’t matter. If you’re looking for a structured plan to help you accomplish your goal, download our free 5 weeks to 5K training plan.