June 21 - August 15, 2020

The Great American Torch Relay [Virtual]

June 21 - August 15, 2020 Organized by Horizon Race Solutions

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About this event

June 21, 2020 - August 15, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Introducing the Great American Torch Relay

The Olympics mean so much to so many people. For the athletes, they are a time to compete on the global stage. For the host country, the Olympics are a time to showcase what they love about their home. For those of us watching, it’s a time to cheer on our nation’s best. We feel a sense of national pride, but also a connection to the rest of the world. 

We’re bummed we have to wait until next year for the Summer Games, so we’re going to start the party early. The Summer Olympic Games last came to the States in 1996. The Olympic Torch made its way to Centennial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta by way of 42 states and 16,669 miles. We’re going to recreate the route with a virtual relay race. Along the way you’ll receive bonus content from Olympians, Olympic hopefuls, and members of the running community.

You and your team of up to 12 will take on a 1,669.9 leg of the torch relay. You’ll be able to track you and your team’s progress along the way. The fastest 10 teams will be crowned the Great American Torch Relay Champions.

Along the way

Keep track of yourself and your team in real time with the virtual leaderboard. As your team moves along the route, you’ll receive bonus content from Olympians, Olympic hopefuls, running industry pros and more! We plan to keep you entertained every step of the way! Teams will have 8 weeks to complete their leg.

Each participant will get a super comfy shirt. They’ll also receive an awesome medal for finishing! 

How It Works

  1. Register to run. Join an existing team, or create a new one and recruit your friends and family.

  2. Starting on June 21st, log your mileage each day you run. More information on methods for logging miles coming soon!

  3. Keep track of you and your team with our virtual leaderboard. 

  4. We’ll send you updates and bonus content as your team piles on the miles.

Swag: Each runner will get a super comfy shirt. Finishers get a medal!


  • Finishers medals for everyone on a team that completes their leg.

  • Top 10 teams are crowned champions and receive a special award.

  • Age group and overall awards for the individuals with the most miles in the following categories: M/F Overall, M/F Masters, and M/F in each age group: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

To find out more, see the FAQ section below, or visit https://runhorizon.com/virtual-events/gatr/


Event details and schedule


Q: How much is registration?

A: $45 through May 31st, $50 after that.

Q: When does registration close

A: Wednesday, June 18th at 6:00 PM

Q: How many miles will I have to run?

A: Teams of 12 will need to average 18 miles per week per runner to finish before 8 weeks. Smaller teams will need to run more. You can estimate what your team needs to average per week per runner by dividing 208 by your team size. For example a team of 6 will need to run [208 / 6] = 34.7 miles per week per runner to finish in 8 weeks.

Q: Why aren’t we running the full 16,699 miles?

A: The 1996 Olympic Torch Relay had the benefit of trains, boats, bicycles, and 12,000 torch bearers. We thought this distance was appropriate for teams of 12.

Q: Wait a second. Is this really a relay?

A: Yes and no. It is based on the ‘96 Olympic Torch Relay, but it’s more of a “team mileage challenge”. Everyone can be running at the same time. No baton necessary.

Q: How long will the relay take?

A: That depends on how much you run! We estimate that it will likely take between 4 and 8 weeks to complete the relay, but it could vary.

Q: Is there a time limit?

A: Yes - teams must be finished within 8 weeks. The last day to submit miles will be August 15th. 

Q: How do I submit my miles?

A: Miles are submitted daily. We’ll have an online form for you to complete.

Q: Can I use a treadmill?

A: Miles are miles. You can cover them on roads, trails, or treadmill. You may not count cycling or elliptical miles.

Q: Do all my miles count?

A: Not exactly. You should only count miles where you are out for a dedicated run or walk. Walking to the fridge, around the grocery store etc. does not count.

Q: Why do I have to submit miles every day?

A: This allows us to keep the leaderboard as up to date as possible


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