Virtual Runs

They were super-popular during the Covid-19 pandemic (what else were we gonna do???) and we will continue to offer some virtual run options during the 2022/23 season.

Your

Pace.
Your

Place.

For the 2022/23 Season, we will be offering Virtual Run options for the following events:
  • Tauranga Marathon (21k, 10k, 5k and 2k only - there is no virtual 42k or 50k)
  • Devonport Half Marathon (all distances)
  • Omaha Half Marathon (all distances)
  • Coatesville Half Marathon (all distances)
  • Maraetai Half Marathon (all distances)
  • Waterfront Half Marathon (all distances)

Virtual options offer you the ability to earn your finisher medal - even if you are unable to attend the event in person. For those chasing the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam award, you can also validate one (and one only) of your Devonport, Omaha, Coatesville or Maraetai finishes with a virtual completion (see AHMS web site for more).

Important! Read on for vital eligibility criteria and medal collection details.

Our "Fun Virtual" events are not eligible for merit awards, spot prizes, longevity awards (NSRS Legend or DEC-ATH-LETE) or series points.

How To Register For Virtual

Virtual Events Require You To Transfer Into Them

ENTRY

TICKET

To take part in a virtual event, you must first hold a valid entry ticket for the standard in-person event.

If you have not already done so, you'll need to start by going to the Event Web Site and clicking on the Enter link. Select the race you want to enter and follow the prompts to purchase a ticket.
Important! Save a copy of your e-ticket from the confirmation screen when you finish.

TRANSFER

TO VIRTUAL

Now that you hold a valid entry ticket, it's time to transfer into the virtual option.

Transferring to the virtual option requires that you follow the "Race to Race Transfer" process. This is described in detail in our "Make Changes" page. If you don't already have a my.runningevents account then the e-ticket you saved in the first step will also let you access your ticket and transfer it to the virtual option. Otherwise, follow the instructions at the top of the Make Changes page to gain access to the "Manage My Ticket" page.

How To Record a Virtual Time

You have a MAXIMUM of EIGHT DAYS to record your finish time.

RUN!

(OR WALK)

The first part of recording your virtual time is to get out there and run (or walk) the distance. You can do this anytime from 00:01am on Saturday of race weekend until midnight on the Sunday, 7 days after the event.

Transferring to the virtual option requires that you follow the "Race to Race Transfer" process. This is described in detail in our "Make Changes" page. If you don't already have a my.runningevents account then the e-ticket you saved in the first step will also let you access your ticket and transfer it to the virtual option.

Important! You must take a GPS recording device with you when you run so that you can provide the evidence of the run to us via Strava or other means (see below). If you don't have a GPS sports watch then download an app to your phone ... there are millions of them, but we recommend Strava for easiest upload.

Important! Your virtual run workout must be a continuous effort - without taking a break in the middle - and with a distance tolerance of -5% and +20%. For a 10k virtual, that means your workout distance must be between 9.5km and 12km.

STRAVA

IMPORT

Now that you have completed your virtual run or walk, the quickest and easiest way to record your time in the official results is via Strava.

Strava is an online service for athletes to log their workouts. It is particularly awesome for runners and cyclists who use a GPS sports watch. Your workouts can be automatically uploaded from your device and you can see all your workout times, pacing, splits and a million other things besides. Best of all … the essential functions are all free.

Importing Your Time
To import your time and get your virtual result validated and updated online immediately, just access the Manage My Ticket page once again (just like you did above to transfer to the virtual race) and select the "Strava Import" option from the Make Changes button (note: this option is only available during the virtual run validity period described above). The system will then walk you through the process to import and ... job done! You'll now be able to see your time in the official event results!

New To Strava?
Strava provides a powerful API (a way for computer systems to talk with each other) and we’ve been able to modify the software at my.runningevents (powered by Director AMS) to power our virtual run results from your Strava data. Cool. Or. What? That means you can log your run on Strava and then import it into my.runningevents. We’ll check that the workout meets the criteria for your chosen virtual run and then automatically update your result on the official event results. This is all done in real-time, when you import your Strava workout..

SEND IT

VIA FORM

OK, so you tried, but Strava just wasn't for you. Instead, you can send us evidence of your time (before the virtual run deadline) and we'll check and process it.

Head to our Contact Form and send us one of the two pieces of evidence listed below. We'll check that it meets the criteria and then update your virtual time for you and drop you a line to let you know. Be aware, however, this process can take up to two working days to complete.

Link to Online Workout
You can send us the URL to your virtual workout from any valid online source - just make sure the URL is "public" (i.e. it does not require login to view it). We'll check it meets the parametrs and update your time accordingly.

Send a Screenshot
Our online contact form also includes a file upload function. So if it's easier for you, take a screenshot of your workout and upload that through the contact form instead. Just be sure that your screen shows your name, workout distance, GPS track and time.

How To Get Your Finisher Medal

There are two options for medal collection.

POSTAL

DELIVERY

Option 1: Postal Delivery

By far the easiest way to get your finisher medal is to purchase a delivery token when you upgrade to the Virtual run or as soon as you post your virtual time. Your medal will be delivered via NZ Post tracked delivery. Please allow two weeks for it to arrive after the END of the virtual run eligibility period.

$7.50 / medal

Important! Medal delivery is available for New Zealand addresses only.
Important! Our courier delivery service is done in one single batch on the day after the expiry of the virtual run. It cannot be added later, so please ensure you select the option in time.

PICK-UP

Option 2: Collect From REV HQ

If you don't mind coming over to our base in Hobsonville, you can collect your medal in person and save a couple of bucks into the process. If you miss the delivery deadline - then collection is your only option. You can collect your medal at any time, day or night. Just send a note through the Contact Form to let us know you want to come in. We'll get back to you with the collection address and when your medal will be ready for collection. You have up to 7 days after that time to collect.

As our warehouse is a heavy goods working area, we will place your medal in an envelope with your name on it and place it in our outside collection box (that's why you can collect at any time). You do not need to enter the premises to collect.

Unfortunately, due to the volumes involved, we are unable to provide any other means of medal delivery than those described above. We are unable to bring medals to events for collection.

Competitive Virtual Events

For Cancelled Events Only - Competitive Virtual Applies

In the rare case where we have to completely cancel an in-person event, it will be replaced with a Competitive Virtual Run instead. All participants registered in the in-person event at the time of cancellation are automatically entered into the Competitive Virtual Run (although other options available – see the Postponement & Cancellation page for more info). The Competitive Virtual Run operates similar to the Virtual option described above. But there are some important differences to ensure we have the fairest competition possible. Why is that important? Because the Competitive Virtual Run is eligible for Merit Prizes!

It’s important that all participants understand the additional conditions required to take part in the Competitive Virtual (if you don’t, you might have to get out there and do your entire run again!) …

Only Strava import results are accepted. No times will be accepted by any other method.

Times must be recorded AND imported between 00:01 on Saturday of race weekend and 23:59 on race day Sunday.

Results are declared official as at 09:00am on the Monday after race weekend.

Distance tolerances on uploaded workouts are much narrower than the Fun Virtual option. It is vital your take note of this as a short workout cannot be accepted. To be eligible, your workout must be:

no more than 0.2km (200m) less than than the official distance

and

no more than 2.5km (2500m) more than than the official distance

e.g. for the half marathon, your Strava workout distance must be > 20.9km and < 23.6km

Important! We strongly recommend you try out the Strava import process early on Saturday morning (up to the point where my.runningevents can display a list of your recent Strava workouts) so that you have time to work through any issues before recording your final time.

Important! If your workout doesn’t meet these exact criteria, don’t stress. You still have the option to switch to the Fun Virtual Run and record your time there.