31 07 2020 Q&A – HOW DOES A VIRTUAL RACE WORK? Ukategorisert By Emilie Kjustad Hauer 0 Are you wondering how a virtual race actually works? Here are some Q&A’s about the virtual race. We hope they will help you understand it better. Its really very easy – and so much fun! WHERE CAN I RUN? Anywhere! Find the course of your choice. Do you want a fast track, challenging track, do you have a favorite place to run? You can even run around your house, in your backyard, on a treadmill – literally anywhere. But – if you want to compete for one of the spots on the podium there are some rules you need to follow. These will be published when they are ready, and all contestants will receive information by email. DO I GET A RACE NUMBER? Yes! We will e-mail you your own personal race number. You will receive a PDF you can print and a cool image for sharing on your social media account. Don’t have a printer? Visit your nearest Sport1 or Anton Sport (in norway) and they will help you print it! CAN I RUN WITH MY FRIENDS? Yes you can! But we require you respect any local restrictions set by national or local governments due to the prevention of coronavirus spread. WHAT TIME DO I START? It’s up to you what time you start. We just require that you start after 00:00 and finish before 23:59 on the actual race date in your time zone, in this case 19th of September 2020. IS THERE A CUT-OFF TIME? No, we do not have a cut-off time for the virtual version of BMW Oslo Maraton. You decide your pace, and you can walk, jog or run. But you have to start and finish on the 19th of September. Please note that we will double check the times for suspisiously fast runners as well as all top 20 runners. HOW DOES TIMING WORK? Start a session and run your chosen distance. Your smart phone, smart watch, fitness watch or activity tracker is your personal “virtual timing chip”. NOTE! You have to run the correct amount of kilometres When you reach the total amount of kilometers you have chosen to run you stop the session – and this is important! You must run the total amount of kilometres for your timing to be true. Example; if you are running the Half Marathon, you have to run 21.1 kilometers. If you run too short our system will calculate an average time based on the total time and distance of your race and you will not get your real time. (If you run too far you’ll be OK – it cuts the race at the correct amount of kilometres). Pause? Please also note, that even though your watch or phone deducts pauses you may have taken during your session, our system does not. It measures the total time of your race from from start to finish. Finish and registration When you finish your race you store it on your device. To register you log on to “My Page” and press “my time”. You will have 4 different options for registering your time. Read our guide on how to register your time HERE. Do you not want to register your time? You can finish the race, and registert without time. Just press the “Finished-button” on my page. Your name will be on the result list, but your timing will not. Want to race for one of the spots on the podium? There are some rules you must follow- read them here WHAT DEVICES CAN I USE? Any smart phone, smart watch, fitness watch or activity tracker that supports track logging, like Suunto, Garmin, Polar, Apple Watch, Fitbit etc. Strava and offer free memberships, and you can use the app on your phone to track your race. You do not need a watch or activity tracker. CAN I CHOOSE NOT TO REGISTER MY TIME? Yes, if you do not want to register your race time, you can go to “my page” and register your participation without timing. WILL MY TIME BE PUBLISHED? Your time will be updated to the official BMW Oslo Maraton Virtual Edition results list. It will be published on our website, Oslomaraton.no. If you register as a finisher without time, your name will be on the list but time will not show. DO I RECEIVE A MEDAL? Once you have finished your race you will receive an awesome virtual medal by e-mail, that you can share on your social media platforms. Also we offer you a real medal for 100 NOK, that you can purchase on “my page”. WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHEAT? You can try. We promise you, it will not be pretty! Do you still have some questions? Do not hesitate to contact us on facebook, or send us an e-mail. Sign up here!