RFPB VIRTUAL RUN FAQ’S
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE?
A virtual run event is similar to a normal running event except the runner completes it entirely on their own. There is no specified location to complete the distance and no timing cut offs. A virtual run event creates positive motivation by awarding the participant for their completed activity.
I AM ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE SMH HALF MARATHON. AM I AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED FOR THE VIRTUAL RUN?
So long as you have set up your fundraising page, you are registered for the virtual run.
WHAT IS THE RACE DISTANCE?
The race in Sydney is a 21.1km half marathon. This can be completed as an individual or in a relay of two runners. You can split the distance where you like.
The race in Brisbane has distances of 21.1km, 10km, 5km or 2km.
IS THERE A TIME CUT OFF FOR VIRTUAL RACES?
No, you can take as long as you like to complete your distance. Walking is fine!
WHEN DO I COMPLETE THE RUN?
You must complete the distance during the allotted timeframe for each race.
11 - 17 May in Sydney, or 6 - 7 June in Brisbane.
You can run the distance wherever you like or on a treadmill.
WILL THERE BE ANY PRIZES?
Once all results are in we will announce our fastest male and female runner and they will receive a prize. In Sydney our winners will also receive our ‘perpetual trophies’, The Isaac Cup for the fastest man and The Chiara Cup for the fastest woman.
There will be one ‘lucky door prize’ drawn out of a hat for one lucky runner in each city.
All participants will be sent an official RFPB Finisher Certificate which will become part of history as our very first RFPB Virtual Runs!
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO COMPLETE A VIRTUAL RACE?
There are no age restrictions.
DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE VIRTUAL RACE DISTANCE ALL AT ONCE?
Yes. We are trying to replicate a real half marathon as much as possible so the distance should be completed in one go. However, as there is no time restriction on finishing the distance you can walk as much as you need to.
WHAT ABOUT THE RELAY?
If you are are running the 21.1km distance as a two person relay in Sydney you can divide the distance into whatever portions you like. Eg You could split the distance 10.5km/10.5km, or you may split it 15km/6km, or any way you choose. You can run the distances together at the same time or one after the other like a traditional relay.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY RESULTS FOR THE VIRTUAL RACE?
Send us your time either by a photo of your watch or treadmill screen, your Strava or Map My Run link, or any other way to show you have completed the distance. Also send a photo in your RFPB kit to email@example.com for Sydney and firstname.lastname@example.org for Brisbane.
Please also post your photo to your social pages with the hashtag #RFPBVirtualRun
I DO NOT LIVE IN SYDNEY, CAN I STILL RUN THIS EVENT?
Of course! We encourage everyone to set up a fundraising page and take part. The Virtual Run can be run anywhere so you do not have to be located in Sydney or Brisbane to participate.
I AM HAVING TROUBLE SETTING UP MY FUNDRAISING PAGE, WHO CAN HELP ME?
If you are having trouble setting up your fundraising page please click the blue ‘HELP’ button on your fundraising page for live chat help.
CAN I JOIN A FUNDRAISING TEAM?
If you would like to fundraise as a team (eg a school team, work team, family or friends team, or in memory of a baby who has died or to celebrate a child who survived prematurity) one person on your team clicks on the ‘Create A Team’ button on your fundraising page. The rest of the team click on the ‘Join A Team’ button.
HOW MUCH MONEY AM I EXPECTED TO RAISE?
We understand that everyone is under enormous financial stress this year so we do not have a minimum fundraising expectation. We’d love everyone to try to raise $200 but we understand if you do not reach your fundraising target this year. Perhaps consider making your own donation to kick-start your fundraising. We are so grateful for your efforts which will give premature babies a better chance of survival.
Our virtual runs this year are as much about keeping our community together and our spirits high, as they are about raising funds.
WHAT ARE OUR FUNDS BEING USED FOR?
Our goal in Sydney is to raise $220,000 for the Royal Hospital for Women. $130,000 will be used to fund our fifth and final year of research at the NICU, including an Ultrasound Study where doctors have been working towards the development of new ground-breaking ways to measure blood flow to premature babies vital organs, and a paracetamol study, which has shown that giving paracetamol to premature babies soon after birth can help their cardiovascular system adapt to newborn life. This exciting breakthrough is in its final stages of analysis before being ready to be shared worldwide through presentations and publications.
$130,000 will be used to complete these studies which help advance the care of premature babies for the future.
$90,000 will be used to buy a new state of the art ‘Baby Leo Incubator’ which is a technologically advanced incubator that has been described as ‘the next best thing to the womb.’
In Brisbane funds raised will go to lifesaving neonatal equipment for NeoRESQ, which transports critically ill and premature babies from regional areas to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for neonatal care.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please email email@example.com
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AND SHARE YOUR PHOTOS
We like to think The Virtual Run is more than just completing the distance. By joining our online Facebook Group you are joining a community who’s goal is to support and motivate each other. We encourage everyone whether they have signed up for an event or just wants to be a part of something special. Post photos of you training and keep us motivated while we are in this period of social distancing.
Also, we love to see the photos our participants share with us on completing their event. If you post online please tag us in your posts #rfpbvirtualrun or post them on our Facebook page or email us at info@runningforprematurebabies.