Race Day Info

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Results & More

Vertical Vert Logo

May 1-4, 2020

Cost (Cheap!):



The Formula

Distance Run in Miles

(Vertical Feet Gained by 100)

(Number of Reps on 'Your Local Hill')

Your Total Score!

Registration Includes

  • Access to Strava Club.
  • Bragging rights for top finishers.
  • Winners will be announced on the podcast 'Singletrack'.
  • Every runner gets an awesome sticker.
  • Downloadable race bib.
  • Chance to win awesome sponsor swag.

How to participate

  • Sign up before April 30th.
  • Request access to our Strava Club and join
  • (Optional: Download and Print your Race Bib) Coming soon!
  • Find your biggest, baddest, safest hill to race your Virtual VERT Challenge.

Race Day is May 1-4, 2020

  • One! activity will be counted for this event.
  • Label your incredible hill climb activity in Strava with the following:
  • The Hashtag: #virtualvert
  • Your total score for this activity, using our formula.
  • A screenshot of your elevation profile so we can verify your reps.

Brag about your amazing hill-slaying on social media using the hashtags: #virtualvert and #rockcandyrunning

Some Examples

  • Steve runs 10 miles and get 2000 of vert for his hilly run doing the same hill 5 times.
    Now let's apply the formula: 10 + (2000/100) + 5 = 35.
  • Sarah doesn’t have access to trails, so she finds a road incline close to home. She runs a total of 6 miles, and does 30 reps for a total of 1200’ of vert. Her formula is: 6 + (1200/100) + 30 = 48.
  • Let’s say a set of outdoor stairs is currently your only option for getting a little vert. You run to the stairs and back home after doing 50 reps for a total of 800’ of vert and 2 total miles. Your formula is: 2 + (800/100) + 50 = 60.

These examples show that the amount of reps can be a huge factor towards your overall score. But of course, the more vert you are able to gain overall in a run can jack the score up as well. This is why it’s important to get creative with what you have available! Ultimately, the overall vert score is a challenge against yourself and the other runners in the event Strava group, but all participants are eligible to win prizes. Note that you must upload a gps activity (not manual) to the Strava group to participate.

Safety Disclosure

All runners must follow social distancing guidelines. Running with partners other than those you live with is strongly discouraged. Any and all local mandates related to COVID-19 must be followed by all participants. Recommendations by government officials concerning outdoor activities should be researched by and followed by all participants. Do not run on any trails, roads, or other areas that are closed during the event dates, this may result in disqualification. (This is where the creativity comes in!) Regulations concerning COVID-19 vary state to state and are the sole responsibility of each participant to research and follow. Please also utilize safety measures that best apply to the environment you choose to run in (wilderness, traffic, etc). Rock Candy Running is not responsible for choosing or approving an event “course” for participants, and will not provide any supervision during the event. Any risks associated with the chosen course, intense exercise, and/or COVID-19 are assumed entirely by each participant.

Use common sense, be safe, and have fun!

The Fine Print
Registration is non-transferable, and no credits will be issued for any reason.
Race entry cannot be deferred to a future year, except if you become pregnant. Please contact us for details.
There will be no waitlists or refunds available.
Supported by:

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