Virtual Fun Run

Thank you for joining the RecSports Virtual Fun Run 5K!

Congratulations to everybody that completed their run/walk. The RecSports planning team will be reviewing all of the challenge entries on social media this week, and winners will be announced by the end of the day on Friday, May 8.

Monday, May 4 is the last day to complete your scorecard to ensure you receive your completion certificate by e-mail. For the 5K and Walking Challenge participants please use the link below.


This Virtual Fun Run is about more than just beating your own personal record. We have created a series of fun challenges for you to opt into during this event. RecSports staff will select winners from each category. Winners will receive a race medal in addition to their completion certificate.

In order to be eligible to win, participants must be successfully registered for the Virtual Fun Run on the RecSports website, complete the Scorecard to confirm their completion of the challenge, and post applicable pictures to either Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter using the hashtag #UFVFR

Multiple ways to win

  • Take a picture showcasing your chosen course. This can be a popular or historical landmark or a beautiful picture of your trail.
  • Show off your kicks! Share with us a photo of your favorite running or walking shoes.
  • Get dressed up for your run in a themed costume. Awards will be given to the outfit with the most Gator spirit, the most creative, and other favorites of the judges!
  • We will rock you! Let us know what song you rock out to the most on your runs.
  • Do you have a companion with you on your run? Take a picture of you completing the run with your pet.
  • Stay hydrated! Let’s see pictures of your super cool water bottles that are helping keep you quenched on the course.
  • And of course, we will be awarding medals to the participants with the fastest recorded times and the most amount of steps completed in the week.


All you’ve got to do is register and track your runs and walks. RecSports will do the rest!

What is a Virtual Fun Run? 
Gators from all across the world will be able to participate in this unique FREE event. Run a 5K (or compete in our walking challenge) from any location. You will use the activity tracking app of your choosing to record and report your results.

When is the Virtual Fun Run?
You will be able to complete your run or walk and report your results at any point between April 27 & May 3.

When is registration open?
Registration opens on Friday, April 3rd and continues all the way through the last day of the competition on Sunday, May 3rd.

How can I register? 
Visit RSConnect find “Special Events” and then click “Virtual Fun Run”.  Be sure to sign in with your Gatorlink username and password.

Who is eligible to participate?
Any current University of Florida student, faculty, staff, or spouse of the aforementioned are eligible to participate. UF alumni are also invited to participate with an active gatorlink account.

Will there be prizes!?!
Yes! But not just for the fastest times! There will be a series of unique and fun challenges to give participants multiple chances to win a race medal and other RecSports swag! Prize recipients will be announced following the last day of the event. Prizes will be available for pick-up once RecSports facilities reopen.

I’m in! Now that I have registered, what do I do next?
All registered participants will receive a “race packet” via e-mail on Thursday, April 23 with detailed information on reporting times, list of challenges, and other important information.

Follow @UFRecSports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily inspiration, activities, and information on how to keep living in motion.

Prepare using the RecSports guided training plan.

No training plan? No problem!

RecSports is here for you whether you’re an avid runner or just starting out for the first time!  Our fitness team has created a plan for you to follow  to better your stamina, distances and time!  View our training plan and video sessions to help you on your way to making your best time!

Resources and Apps

Below you’ll find a variety of apps and resources to help you record your times, distances and progress. This list is only suggestions, please use any app that you’re most comfortable and familiar with!

Map My Run iOS | Android
Nike Run Club iOS | Android
Runkeeper iOS | Android
Runtastic iOS | Android
Strava iOS | Android