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Q: How does a virtual run work?
A: Once you register for a distance, the next step is to complete the distance and earn your finisher medal. The distance set by the event that you register for can be completed at any location of your choice, and can even be completed indoors on a treadmill or stationary bike!
Q: Where should I run or ride my race?
A: That's the beauty of a virtual race - you can run or ride wherever and whenever you’d like! We do, however, insist you stay safe by observing all local, state and federal social distancing orders as well as respecting any closures or social distancing rules of local, county or state parks. Also, if you're not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms of COVID19, it's best you stay home, rest and seek medical attention if necessary.
Q: Do I have to run the whole way?
A: No. You can run, walk, hike or bike. Just keep track of your total distance and time. You just have to move. Those miles aren't going to complete themselves!
Q: What are the Challenge events?
A: A challenge is different from a race. Instead of completing one of the offered race distances (1M, 5K, 10K, 10M, 25M) and submitting a time, with a challenge you have a longer distance offered to you (229 miles for the Ice Cream Trail) but you can do it over the course of a month. You also have access to your very own challenge page where you can submit your miles as you go and it will track your progress on your own personal challenge map showing how far you've covered each submission. How’s that for incentive?!
Q: Do I have to stick to just one discipline for the Ice Cream Trail (ex: running, cycling)?
A: No, you can cover the mileage however you’d like. Bike 20 miles one day, run the next. Just cover the distance.
Q: Can I log miles multiple times a day for the Ice Cream Trail?
A: Sure! You can log miles once or as many times a day as you like. You can submit multiple mileage entries a day on our submission page.
Q: Do I have to be fast?
A: No, not at all. My Mom is walking her way door to door along the Ice Cream Trail this summer!
Q: What do I get for participating?
A: Participants get a custom, limited-edition finisher’s medal with your corresponding amount of "scoops", a virtual race bib, and a gift card to your favorite ice cream shop from our partnering locations which you will choose during registration. Gift cards are a $10 value for all events except the Kids 1 Mile Little Spoon Sampler and the Kids Ice Cream Truck Chase Challenge are valued at $5. Ziggy Pig registrants will receive two $10 gift cards!
Q: Do I need a GPS watch or smartphone app to track my mileage?
A: Not at all. You can use whatever technology works best for you to track your mileage or time. We will not require any proof of activity. We call it the Honor System. We just made that up.
Q: Do treadmill miles count? How about elliptical miles?
A: Yes for treadmills miles. Yes for elliptical miles. But really? Get your butt out the door and enjoy the amazing Hudson Valley!
Q: I'm running in another race during the same period as the challenge. Can I count those miles toward my total?
A: Sure, why not?
Q: If I register after the challenge start date on July 1, do I still only get till the end of the month to complete the Ice Cream Trail challenge?
A: No, we will give you extra time to see how far you can get going door to door.
Q: Which miles count for the Ice Cream Trail?
A: Any miles accumulated walking, running, hiking or cycling with the specific purpose of exercise and logging miles count towards your challenge total. Steps counted by your FitBit at work don’t count. Remember the Honor System.
Q: How will I report my miles?
A: Refer to the Results tab to submit miles for full details or the Recording Mileage instructions on the GICC web page.
Q: Is there a minimum age to complete the Ice Cream Trail Challenge?
A: No minimum age, but we do offer a 1M Little Spoon Sampler (which is restricted to ages 10 and under) and the Kids Ice Cream Truck Chase Challenge.
Q: When do I receive my finisher medal and gift card?
A: We will start mailing them out during the month of July.
Q: Are the shirts unisex or gender specific?
A: Gender specific. Ladies, we wouldn’t do that to you.
Q: What do the medals look like and are shirts available?
A: See the Race Swag tab for the medals, and shirts are available for purchase on the Merch Store tab.
Q: Where is my bib and how can I print it out?
A: See the race bib section here.
Q: What activities are there for me to participate in?
A: We have a whole plethora for you to choose from! You can choose one race from a 5K run/walk, 10K run/walk, 10M bike, or 25M bike in the Single Scoop. You can choose two events for a Double Scoop, three for the Triple Scoop, or all four for the Quadruple Scoop! If that's not enough, we also offer a 1M Little Spoon Sampler, a Kids Ice Cream Truck Chase Challenge, an Ice Cream Trail Challenge, and the Ziggy Pig, which is ALL of these events! This is a family friendly event and we definitely have something for everyone.
Q: What the heck is the Ziggy Pig?
A: Bill and Ted would be disappointed. Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsBrd3u1JZw