Marathon and Marathon Relays
Run together, from anywhere, all for free
A race to run & an event to watch
Open Race: Mass start 9am ET. Saturday, Sept. 12
(or run at your convenience)
Professional Race: 6pm ET. Saturday, Sept. 12
A 100% free virtual marathon and marathon-relay featuring a live professional race, all to benefit rare cancer research in partnership with the Brave Like Gabe Foundation
Saturday, September 12, 2020
The Chaski Marathon & Relay
Did your fall marathon get cancelled? Running a virtual race and looking for another medal? Welcome to the Chaski Marathon and Relay!
You can run/jog/walk on the road, on a track, on a treadmill, or even around your living room if that's what you have available.
Mass Start: 9am ET on Saturday, September 12, 2020
Choose your start: Run at your convenience during the week of September 6 - 12
We miss the pre-race hype as much as you do and that's why we want to try to recreate that feeling with a mass start time across time-zones featuring a pre-race (virtual) pump up zone. We'll have some speakers, warmup exercises, and words of encouragement to get you ready to go!
Of course, we also recognize the value of being able to run on your own schedule. So, we're also giving you the option of racing any time during the week leading up to the race!
First, make sure you register! (If you're registering for the relay, make sure you include your team name when you register)
Next, go out and train your butt off - and don't forget to post and use #ChaskiChallengeMarathon so we can highlight your hard work!
Then comes race week. As mentioned above, you have two options. You can either participate in our mass start at 9am on Saturday September 12 OR you can run your marathon any time in the week leading up to the race.
How does the running actually work?
Simply go out and run your 26.2 miles (42.2km) on a measured course, treadmill, or using a GPS watch to track distance. Make sure you obey local recommendations and restrictions regarding exercise and group gatherings.
Relay teams will be composed of 3 runners of the same gender. Each runner will chose a relay leg of either 12 miles, 8 miles, or 6.2 miles. You do NOT have to run in the same physical space as your teammates, nor do you have to run at the same exact time (or in exact succession). Simply submit your individual times and the team with the lowest total times will be the winner.
Once you've finished, give yourself a pat on the back, and then submit your result via our registration system.
Finally, submit your time to our results database (and give yourself a pat on the back!) Note - in order to qualify for prizes, you must submit GPS data along with your time.
The best part? You can tune in and follow our live webcast of the professional marathon relay the same evening. Get ready for a great show!
What do I get?
We want to make these events as accessible to the running world as possible and we know that many people want to have a goal race on the calendar but can't afford to pay to enter.
Thus, our races are and always will be free to register, participate, be part of the community, receive a print-at-home race number, have your results posted on our website, and even win awesome prizes!
If you'd like any of the "extras" you might be used to at a normal race, like a t-shirt, awesome medal, high quality race number, or other swag, we're selling those for folks who want them.
Note - for the marathon and relay, all profits will go to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.
Awards and Prizes
Marathon and Relay will feature prizes from our sponsors for top times as well as prizes for best team name
Prizes will be announced in early August
The Cause - Brave Like Gabe Foundation
Our mission is to foster community and empower athletes and Brave Like Gabe is an organization doing just that.
From their website, "Gabriele Grunewald, a professional runner and rare cancer advocate, founded the Brave Like Gabe Foundation to inspire people to share stories of being brave through their own struggles while also helping to find better and more effective treatments for rare cancer. "
All profits from the Chaski Marathon will be donated to Brave Like Gabe and participants will have the option to donate when registering.
The Professional Chaski Marathon Relay
The Biggest, Most Badass Thing Happening in September
By Athletes, For Athletes
The Details: Elite runners in teams of 3 from around the world will compete simultaneously for prize money on measured short-loop courses, with live commentary, race visualizations, and video updates. Live splits will be updated manually by a team assistant to allow for world-wide live tracking for competitors and fans.
Prize Money: We've committed US$2,000 has been committed in individual team prizes (split equally between men and women), with more expected as sponsorship commitments grow.
When: Simultaneous run across time zones Saturday, Sept. 12 / Sunday, Sept. 13
Start times in major cities - Note, women will be given a head start of 12 min 25 sec.
Saturday, Sept 12
15:00 - Los Angeles
18:00 - New York
Sunday, Sept 13
01:00 - London
02:00 - Johannesburg
03:00 - Nairobi
04:00 - Dubai
08:00 - Singapore
09:00 - Tokyo
10:00 - Sydney
12:00 - Auckland
Where: Worldwide on 5K, 4km, 2km, 1km, or 400m loops in the athletes local area.
Logistics: Each single-gender team will run a leg of 12 miles (19.3km), 8 miles (12.9km), and 6.2 miles (10km) for 26.2 miles (42.2km) total. Teams do NOT need to run in the same place. The team with the lowest cumulative time will be the winner. Courses must be proven accurate by wheel (verification details to follow) or runners may compete on a standard 400m track. Live splits must be uploaded by a team manager/assistant from each course “lap”.
Live Coverage and Storytelling: Our goal is to not only create an awesome competition between athletes, but also give fans an exciting, engaging, free broadcast. The broadcast will feature a continuous live-stream with professional commentary, a live visualization app so that both competitors and fans can know exactly what’s happening in the races in real time, and video highlights sent in from around the globe. Based on the success of the Chaski Challenge in June, we expect an organic media reach of approx. 5-10 million people.
Participation: Anyone will be allowed to enter the elite race; however, only approved teams will be eligible for prize money due to certification of running routes. We reserve the right to deny entry to athletes who have been found guilty of doping violations or have been associated with guilty parties.
Registration: There is no cost to register. Contact us with questions and/or fill out the elite entry application below. There will be a limited field size.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us with any questions.