Virtual 5K FAQs

So you’ve never run a virtual 5K? Don’t worry…it’s our first time, too. So let’s learn together!

What is a virtual race?

A virtual race can be run (or walked!) anytime and anywhere, even indoors on a treadmill. Because of COVID-19, virtual races are becoming a popular way for people to stay active, have fun, and even raise some money for their favorite local charity — like Sparrow’s Nest!

Do I have to run exactly 5K?

In most other virtual races, they track stuff like distance and time and rankings. At Sparrow’s Nest, we’re just happy to have you participate! So if you’re up for the challenge, yeah. Map out a 5 kilometer course (that’s 3.1 miles, if you’re not into the metric system) and have at it. If not…well, let’s just say we’re not out there with a measuring tape or anything.

How do I setup my personal fundraising campaign?

Once you complete your registration, you’ll follow a link with complete instructions to set it. Soon after that, you’ll be able to share your fundraising page with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or anyone else you think would want to support you!

Is there a prize for being the top fundraiser?

You bet there is! A $200 American Express gift card will be awarded to the registered participant who raises the most money through their personal fundraising campaign. Donations must be received through the participants personal fundraising page created through the Sparrow’s Nest website. If you have specific questions about your fundraising, please contact us.

I have friends who want to sponsor me, but they don’t want to do it online. Can they pay by check?

Absolutely! You shouldn’t have to be tech-savvy to support. Have them include your name and “Virtual 5K” in the memo section and mail it to:

Sparrow’s Nest HQ
946 Route 376
Suite 7
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Can anyone participate?

Yes! Young or old, fast or slow – we encourage Sparrow’s Nest supporters of all ages and ability levels. The more the merrier!

Can I walk?

Our Superhero Virtual 5K is more about motivating our supporters to stay active while raising much-needed funds for Sparrow’s Nest. So if you need to walk our virtual 5K, by all means do so. We’re out to have fun, not enforce strict rules!

Can I bike/skate/eliptical/swim/row/ski/etc?

Yeah! We want you to have fun, so do whatever floats your virtual boat! Get creative, take lots of pics, maybe shoot a video, and share on social media!

Do I get a race-bib to wear?

It wouldn’t be a “race” if you didn’t get a bib! So we’ve designed one that’s perfect for this kind of event. After you complete your 2020 Superhero Virtual 5K registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to download a customizable bib.

If you have any other questions about virtual races, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer them for you!