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The 2021 Dole Great Race | Virtual edition is a wonderful way to stay active, keep accountable and earn a super nice, high-quality running shirt and large finisher's medal to commemorate your accomplishment! Choose from traditional all-in-one-day distances like 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or challenge distances over several days/weeks: 26.2 miles, 180 miles, 360 miles. Take on the Great Race Challenge where you run three events: 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon distances.
A high-quality running shirt in your choice of men's, women's or a youth cut (a $30 value), a finisher’s medal and drawstring backpack will be mailed to you! Plus a trucker hat for the Great Race Challenge and a comfort tee for the 360 Mile Challenge. Shipping is free to U.S. addresses.
We can't wait to see you all again on the course in 2022!
What are the dates of the virtual Dole Great Race?
Start anytime. You have until July 31 to complete your event.
I see you offer 8 events. Which delectable distance should I enter?
Determine if you'd like to run all at once or enter the challenge format where you accumulate miles over time. Determine the number of miles you'd like to average per day over the duration of the Challenge. Account for days off. Think about your regular workout routine. Remember, you can count multiple activities in the same day be it running, walking, hiking, riding, etc.
All in One Day Events - Traditional: Run all in one outing. Record your result.
Half Marathon - 13.1 Miles. Entry fee includes event shirt, medal, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
10K - 6.2 Miles. Entry fee includes event shirt, medal, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
5K - 3.1 Miles. Entry fee includes event shirt, medal, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
Challenge Events - Challenge: Run over the course of days/weeks. Some earn milestone badges. Record your daily activity. Track your progress.
Great Race Challenge - Run/Hike/Walk the 3 events above (5K, 10K & Half Marathon) on your own schedule. Take up to 15 weeks to complete. Entry fee includes one event shirt, huge 6-inch challenge medal, Great Race trucker hat, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
360 Mile Challenge - In honor of 36 years of the Great Race, cross train (run, walk, hike, spin, ride, elliptical, stair climber, row) 360 Miles. Log your mileage and duration after each activity, earn badges and watch your progress on the live map. That's an average of a 24 miles per week over 15 weeks. (You can certainly finish quicker). Virtually journey from Pebble Beach to the Great Race finish line in Chumash Park in Agoura Hills. Entry fee includes two shirts: event shirt and 360 Challenge Comfort Tee, plus large 5-inch medal, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
180 Mile Challenge - Cross train (run, walk, hike, spin, ride, elliptical, stair climber, row) 180 Miles. Log your mileage and duration after each activity, earn badges and watch your progress on the live map. That's an average of 12 miles per week over 15 weeks. (You can certainly finish quicker). Virtually journey from Vandenberg Air Force Base, a United States Space Force Base, to the Great Race finish line in Chumash Park in Agoura Hills. Entry fee includes event shirt, medal, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
Marathon Challenge - 26.2 Miles - Run, walk, or hike a marathon 26.2 Miles in parts. Log your mileage and duration after each activity. Entry fee includes event shirt, medal and shipping to U.S. address.
30 Minutes for 30 Days Challenge - We challenge you to be active every day for 30 consecutive days. Run, walk, hike, yoga, spin, elliptical, stair stepper, weight lift, row, jump rope, you name it - any activity you choose. Pick a day to start and go! Log your activity each day. Entry fee includes event shirt, medal, drawstring bag and shipping to U.S. address.
What if I am not a runner? Can I participate?
Of course! You can run, walk, hike, spin, move on a treadmill, stair stepper or elliptical. In the 30 Day Challenge, you can choose any activity. Just move!
Where do I have to be to participate in the Dole Great Race?
You can live anywhere! Anyone can participate in this challenge. You complete your miles on your own course, your treadmill, your bike, your elliptical or your stair climber etc.
What if I need to change the distance of the challenge I registered for?
We understand things come up and you may not be able to complete miles you originally committed to OR have a surge of energy and realize you can complete a higher mileage challenge. As long as you contact us by email by April 30, we will be happy to make that switch for you at no additional cost. One consideration: if you change distances of a challenge event you will need to re-enter all of your logged activity as your activity will not transfer over to your new distance.
How do I record my miles for the Challenge events?
Log your activity, mileage and time here. You can do it daily, twice a day, or you can do it once a week, whatever works for you. But we encourage you to log in after each activity to view your progress on the course map.
Do I need a GPS app like Map My Run or Strava? Will I need to show my watch or app for proof of activity?
An app or GPS watch is recommended, but certainly not required. There are a number of running apps that make it easier to track your time and mileage. If you don't have one, you can download a running app to an iPhone or Android device. Some apps available are Map My Run, RunKeeper, Runtastic, Strava. You can use an Apple Watch, Garmin, FitBit or other devices that track mileage and time. When it comes to logging your miles, you are on the honor system. You are entered in the Dole Great Race to be active and achieve your goal mileage. There are no placement or age group awards.
If I am participating in another virtual race at the same time. Can I count those miles?
Absolutely! We love you are being so active!
When will I receive my swag?
Your race swag will ship in late June.
I live outside of the United States, can I participate?
Yes, you can absolutely participate. However, we ship to U.S. addresses only.
How do I record results for the Great Race Challenge?
The Great Race Challenge consists of three distances: 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. After you complete each distance, go to the Results page and click Submit Virtual Results. For the 5K, select Virtual 5K from the pulldown menu. For the 10K, select Virtual 10K from the pulldown menu. For the Half Marathon, select Virtual Half Marathon from the pulldown menu.
This is a virtual challenge. You are not running these routes. You are logging your daily activity and watching your progress on the virtual route.
Start at the Pebble Beach golf course and run a glorious coastal route along the Pacific Ocean. Collect digital Milestone Badges along the way.
Start at Vandenberg Air Force Base, a United States Space Force Base, and run a glorious coastal route along the Pacific Ocean. Collect digital Milestone Badges along the way.
Start at the north end of Kanan Road and run all of Kanan Road from end to end, from North Ranch to Malibu, finishing on Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon.
Run your own route anytime, anywhere. You have the option to virtually compete against other Great Race runners from the comfort of your own neighborhood using the Open Race app.
OpenRace is a real-time virtual running app. With real-time technology, you’ll feel the magic and motivation of race day once again. The virtual race is no longer just another training day.
The Great Race has multiple dates and times (heats) for half marathon, 10K and 5K distances in which any number of participants can join. At the time of your heat, you will press play and wait for the countdown to hit 0, once it does you will begin running. During the race you will be able to get live updates on your position, pace, distance and time relative to the others in the race.
Step 1: Download “OpenRace App” from Apple App Store. Be sure you have version 1.0.4 or later.
Step 2: Create an Account.
Step 3: Go to Event Mode.
Step 4: Select the button for the Date and Time of the Great Race you wish to participate in. Press: Join the race. (See below for dates and times).
Step 5: Prior to running, go to the “Profile” tab and adjust audio notifications under Voice Announcement. During your race you will be updated on your position, pace, distance and time. Change the interval to your liking. The interval options are 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes and 5 minutes. For a 5K race, suggested interval is 2 minutes, for a 10K race, 3 minutes and for a half marathon, 5 minutes.
Step 6: Prior to running, make sure to “Allow Location," verify this by going to Settings -> OpenRace -> Location -> Always
Step 7: On race day, be ready to run earlier than your start time. Open the app, go to your event and wait for the countdown to hit 0. Run your chosen distance (5K, 10K, or half marathon) on your route.
Step 8: During the race you’ll be able to hear audio updates on your position, pace, distance and time.
Step 9: Once you’ve completed the required distance, you’ll be able to see your final results on screen, as well as a leaderboard. Congratulations!
Step 10: Your race will be saved under the Feed Tab, in which you can always go back to, to view your results.
Need help with the OpenRace app? Contact OpenRace support at firstname.lastname@example.org
Race Live any of 8 Consecutive Saturdays
Half Marathon 7:30 a.m. PT
10K 8:00 a.m. PT
5K 8:30 a.m. PT
Select your date and time in the OpenRace app
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