With hundreds and sometimes thousands of athletes taking part in our virtual events, it is not possible to process all results manually. Instead, we use the most popular fitness platform in the world – STRAVA – to find, validate and import your results and record your virtual accomplishment. If you don’t already have a Strava account, it is quick, simple and free to create one – so even if you don’t want to use the platform for anything else, it only takes a minute to get setup to import your virtual workout to our system.
If you’re and old hand at Strava, you can skip the first few points and head straight for the step-by-step instructions below …
What Is It?
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 time, pace, splits and a million other things besides. Best of all … almost all of the best parts of the system are free.
Why Are We Using It?
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 series 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.
But I Don’t Have Strava?
Did we mention it’s both free and awesome? It only takes a minute to sign up at Strava and if you are worried about privacy you can lock down your settings really tight and not even use the system for any other workouts than your Running Events’ virtuals. If that still makes you uncomfortable, just create an account for as long as it takes to upload your result and then delete it. If you are a fully paid member of the tin-foil hat brigade, you could even create a dummy email address with gmail or hotmail just for this purpose.
Still not convinced? OK, we get it. Its not for everyone. If you absolutely cannot and will not use Strava to upload your result, we’ll accept manual results from the Thursday after the event. Please do not send your result through before Thursday – we just cannot process them at this time and it might get lost and you may end up not getting a result at all for the virtual event.
Important! If you don’t use the Strava upload, you may miss out on any spot prizes to be awarded.
Strava Import – Step by Step
It’s pretty easy. Go to “My Results” on my.runningevents any time from 00:01 am Saturday right through to 23:59 Wednesday. Find the line for the virtual run and click on the view icon. On the detail page, you’ll see a green “Strava Upload” button. Click on that and you’ll be asked to permit the Running Events app to read your workout data. We’ll pull through your last 20 workouts and validate them against the eligibility rules. Any workouts that pass will show a green “Select” button. Click that button to import this workout as the basis for your Virtual Run race result.
Important! Your workout distance doesn’t need to be the exact distance of your event (e.g. 5k, 10k or 21.1k). We’ve built some tolerances into the system (see rules below) and we’ll adjust your time to be correct for the race distance you registered for.
Important Eligibility Rules
For your Strava workout to be acceptable. It must meet *all* of the following criteria:
- Workout Type on Strava must be “Run”, “Walk” or “Hike”
- The workout must have been recorded on a GPS device. Manual workouts are not accepted.
- The start time of your workout must be between 00:01am Saturday morning of the ORIGINAL SCHEDULED event weekend and 11:59pm on the Sunday one week after the RESCHEDULED IN-PERSON event.
- The workout distance completed must be within our acceptable tolerance. For each distance, we’ve set the tolerances as follows:
- Half Marathon: Strava distance from 20km – 25km
- 10K: Strava distance from 9km – 14km
- 5K: Strava distance from 4km – 8km
- The adjusted finish time (calculated from your Strava workout time adjusted for the actual distance covered) must be within the acceptable finish times for each event. These limits are:
- Half Marathon: 1 hr 15 – 5 hrs
- 10K: 30 min – 2.5 hrs
- 5K: 14 min – 1 hr
“Dude, I bailed at [insert lowly distance here]”
Registered for the half marathon but flamed out at 10k? That’s OK. It quick, easy and free to change the distance of your registration. Go to the My Registrations section of my.runningevents, view your registration and choose “Race Transfer” from the “Make Changes” button. In there you can downgrade (or upgrade!) quickly and easily. When you come back to the Strava import, your new distance will now be the one we are looking for.