What is the Start & Stop 5k, brought to you by the Dashing Whippets?
The Dashing Whippets Running Team welcomes everyone to a never-been-done 5k: in this 5k race, you can pause and un-pause your GPS watch as many times as you want within a two-hour window.
We’ll have two categories: a Start/Stop category and a regular 5k category. Choose the one that works best for you!
So set a “personal best” time. Or use it as a workout. Or just have fun with it! Regardless of your goals, we hope this race will motivate, connect, and share joy across the team during these uncertain times.
Anyone who sets a lifetime personal best 5k time will be awarded a pair of sunglasses. In addition to PR’s, top 3 by age group & by sex, as well as top 20 by AG% will get sunglasses!
Additional prizes from Brooklyn Running Co. will be awarded to anyone who can break the current 5k world record!
Once you register, we’ll reach out to you for your 1. lifetime 5k PR 2. physical address to ship sunglasses and 3. category (if you are racing with stops or just straight through).
To give you more flexibility, you can submit your race any time between Monday, Sept 28 and Sunday, Oct 3rd. Check out the next FAQ below for more detail.
How do I participate?
Follow these steps to success! Please make sure you do step 3b, as this is how we will determine results. Also note that for this race, to give you more flexibility, you can submit your race any time between Monday, Sept 28 and Sunday, Oct 3rd. No matter what day of the week you run, add your result to the Oct 3rd manual entry area as shown in step 3b in the link above!
Can I win an award?
Yes, every person who sets a 5k lifetime personal best time will win a pair of these sunglasses. In addition to PR’s, top 3 by age group & by sex, as well as top 20 by AG% will get sunglasses. Additional prizes from Brooklyn Running Co. will be awarded to anyone who can break the current world 5k record.
What are the rules?
– Please only submit a single GPS link; your run cannot be multiple GPS links.
– Make sure your total elapsed time is under 2 hours.
– Running results must have GPS data synced via Garmin or Strava (No GPS watch? No problem: download the free Strava app on your phone. Strava is free, so don’t let them trick into paying if you don’t want to.)
– Race submissions without supporting GPS data synced via Garmin or Strava will not be eligible for awards
– Race efforts on courses with a negative net elevation loss > 1% per mile will be disqualified. (So for a 5k race, make sure your finishline isn’t more than 150-ish feet below your start.)
– Obey all local municipal traffic laws
– Always consult with a medical professional prior to undertaking intense physical exercise
– Focus on your surroundings and not your device/tracker
– Be a good global citizen: strictly adhere to any applicable social distancing requirements that may be in effect in your local jurisdiction at the time of this event’s running
– Race management reserves the right to 1) seek further verification and substantiation of any submitted result, and 2) request supporting evidence of any participant’s identification including additional government (photo) ID. In either instance, if the participant does not comply or provide deemed adequate supporting information, race management can disqualify participants at their discretion. Also: this race is free and for fun, so it should be easy for everyone to be good sports.
Got a bib?
Can I participate by running my virtual race on a treadmill?
Yes. However, because we cannot confirm GPS results from a treadmill effort, you will not be eligible for any awards.
Why is the 1% net elevation drop allowed?
We acknowledge that this 52.8 feet per mile allowance is somewhat arbitrary and well in excess of IAAF guidelines. However, this is a virtual race and the 1% rule will allow runners some flexibility in choosing their race route. GPS elevation data is known to be inconsistent and therefore makes it hard to “police”. We are simply trying to apply some rigor to discourage participants from seeking to enhance their times by choosing routes that scream downhill.
Can I run the race more than once? Can I double-count this race with another race I’m doing?
Thanks to Brooklyn Running Co. for providing prizes for our World Record breakers!