FAQs: Power Within Tri Across America Virtual Challenge presented by Toyota

Everything you need to know about joining a team:

Once you register for the challenge, you will have the option to either create your own team or join an existing team. Know that you do not have to join a team, but that makes this a lot more fun! 

To create a new team:

  1. Register for the event.
  2. Click the Teams tab, then click the green ' + New Team' button on the right.
  3. Decide your team's name, logo, and motto.
  4. Click 'Create My Team' and you are all set! You are the first person on your team.
  5. You can edit your team name, logo, and motto by clicking the blue 'View Team' button on the Teams page.
  6. There is no limit on how many people can join your team. Get your friends and family to join!
  7. Vulgar, inappropriate, and unsportsmanlike names, logos, or mottos will not be tolerated and those teams will be removed without notice and without refund.

To join an existing team:

  1. Register for the event.
  2. Click the Teams tab, then search by name for the team you wish to join. 
  3. Click the team and then click the green 'Join Team' button.
  4. You are all set and will be contributing to your team's cumulative results!

To leave your team:

  1. Navigate to the Teams tab and click the blue 'View Team' button.
  2. Click the red 'Leave Team' button.
  3. You can now go join another team.

Managing a team:

  1. If you created the team, you can only manage the team name, logo, and motto.
  2. You cannot remove or add people to a team yourself. Only individual participants can add or remove themselves from a team.
  3. If you are having issues with people who should not be on your team, please email support@fitrankings.com.

Viewing results for my team and myself:

  1. Be sure you are logged into FitRankings.com and viewing the Power Within Tri Across America challenge (click the challenges tab at the very top of the page, then click the challenge).
  2. Click the 'Results' tab under the Tri Across America logo.
  3. On the 'Leaderboard' tab click either the Teams or Individuals tab.
  4. On either tab, you can view the cumulative distance for your team or yourself, overall or for swimming, biking, or running.

Note that this is NOT a competitive challenge! The goal here is to have fun with your friends and family and get your team across the country! All prizes are awarded randomly.

Viewing the Map: How do I see where in America we are?!

This challenge features an awesome map feature and you will be able to see your team's cumulative progress as you swim, bike and run across America! When former Major League Baseball player Eric Byrnes completed his triathlon across America, he swam 7 miles across San Francisco Bay, biked 2400 bikes from Oakland to Chicago, and ran 905 miles from Chicago to New York City. 

Note that for the sake of this challenge it DOES NOT MATTER which order you and your team swims, bikes or runs. Your team simply progresses across the map by your total cumulative team distance. It could be 3312 miles of biking and no swimming or running. Or you can split the distances equally. Just get from the West Coast to the East Coast!

To view the map:

  1. Be sure you are logged into FitRankings.com and viewing the Power Within Tri Across America challenge (click the challenges tab at the very top of the page, then click the challenge).
  2. Click the 'Results' tab under the Tri Across America logo.
  3. Click the 'Map' tab (next to leaderboard).
  4. Here you can see your team's logo on the Tri Across America route from San Francisco to New York City! 
  5. You can zoom in on the map to see a more precise location of where your team is currently at.

How do I create and view my digital Tri Across America race bib?

Yes, everybody gets a digital race bib! You can customize with any number and name you want.

  1. Be sure you are logged into FitRankings.com. Click the challenges tab at the very top of the page, but don't click into any challenges!
  2. On the yellow challenges screen, click 'Virtual Bibs.'
  3. Assuming you are already registered for the challenge, you will see the yellow 'Create Virtual Bib' button next to the Tri Across America challenge name. Click 'Create Virtual Bib'!
  4. You should see a blank race bib. Below the bib, enter your preferred number (number must be 5 characters, no more, no less) and your name.
  5. Click 'Update Bib Details.' Your number and name will appear on the bib. You can drag your name and number wherever you like on the bib.
  6. If you'd like to change your name or number (again, must be 5 characters), edit those fields, then click 'Update Bib Details' again and place your name and number where you would like.
  7. Once you are satisfied with how your bib looks, click 'Save Bib'. You are not done yet...
  8. Click the 'Go Back' button above the bib.
  9. On the Virtual Bibs screen, click the green 'Share Virtual Bib' button. Your bib will pop up, then click the green 'Download' button.
  10. Your complete bib will appear in another screen. Either right click to save the bib as an image OR, if on a phone, save as an image or screenshot it.
  11. Share to social media using the hashtag #TriAcrossAmerica!

If you want to change your bib, click the red 'Reset Virtual Bib' button and go through this process again.

What do I get with the free or paid registration options?

Anybody can register for free and join a team at no cost. All participants will also receive access to create and download a digital race bib.

Participants who enter the challenge by making a $45 donation to the USA Triathlon Foundation will receive a custom-designed finisher's medal and digital access to view Let Them Play, A Triathlon Across America DocumentaryDonations will support USA Triathlon Foundation's grassroots youth programming. 

When will I receive my Finisher Package and access to the documentary?

To help maximize the value of donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation and Let Them Play Foundation, we will be ordering medals in mid-October once we have a good idea how many people will be registering. Medals are made domestically by Ashworth Awards and should be ready to ship by late-November. You'll get an email with a tracking number once we send the medal package.

Anybody who purchases the finisher package will also receive digital access to the Let Them Play, A Triathlon Across America DocumentaryAn email with directions to view will be sent within a couple weeks after you register.

Who is this virtual event for?

Anyone who is 13 years of age and older! Whether you’re looking to do your first multisport event or have done hundreds, anyone can participate. 

Where should I participate?

Wherever you can safely complete the disciplines, maintaining the recommended minimum of at least six feet of social distancing and abiding by all local, state and federal government mandates. Ride on the trainer or outdoors. Run on a treadmill, track or trail. As long as you can measure your time and distance via a smartwatch, GPS-enabled device or phone, you can sync to the platform.

How do I register?

Click here.

How far do I have to swim, bike and run?

You can do as much or as little swimming, biking and running as you wish. Your team's goal is to complete our route across America from San Francisco to New York City, which is 3312 miles, so its going to be a team effort! Your team's total distance is calculated cumulatively, encompassing all swimming, biking and running uploads.

Do I have to complete all of the distance in one run or bike ride?

Well if your team can complete all 3312 miles in one workout, we would be very impressed! But you have from October 15 to November 29 to complete the challenge. The challenge is cumulative so you can swim, bike and run as much or as little as you want and as often as you want to achieve the distances. You can also exceed the distances listed.

Do I need a USA Triathlon Membership?

No, you do not need to be a USA Triathlon member to register.

If you plan on participating in future USAT sanctioned events we encourage you to register for a membership to avoid race-day registration fees. The USAT Membership program currently has over 500,000 members who receive benefits such as discounts on products and services, access to a weekly Multisport Zone e-newsletter, USAT Magazine and more! Learn more here

Can non-US Citizens participate?

Yes, the Tri Across America Virtual Challenge is open to anybody. However, finisher packages will only be sent to US addresses. Additionally, only US citizens are eligible for randomly-drawn prizes. Citizens from New York and Florida are not eligible for prizes. Click here to view official rules.

Do I have to have a fitness tracker device (like Apple Watch or FitBit) in order to participate?

No, you do not have to have a tracking device to participate. By logging into your FitRankings Profile, you can manually add in your workouts, mileage, and times. However, using a tracker is highly encouraged as most trackers will automatically upload your workouts. Additionally, manually uploaded workouts may not be eligible for awards.

What if I have technical errors and my device did not record my stats properly?

There is likely a problem with how your device is connected. Please refer to THIS PAGE for more details on how to address this.

What if I did not receive my Finisher's Package or it is damaged?

For any fulfillment issue please reach out to virtualtri@usatriathlon.org with any questions.

What if I registered for the free version, but I now want to purchase a finisher's medal?

Participants can fundraise as team for a finisher's medal. For every $100 your team raises, you'll receive a finisher's medal. Have a family member or friend who isn't a multisport athlete but wants to support the USA Triathlon's mission of providing all young athletes with  the opportunity to participate in multisport and lead healthy and active lives. Create your personal fundraising page here!

How are my results uploaded?

When using a tracking device, your results are uploaded to FitRankings every-time you sync your device with its respective app. For instance, when you sync your Garmin with the Garmin Connect app, all workouts from your Garmin will be uploaded automatically. Note that you must have previously connected each device you track workouts on to FitRankings for this to occur. 

How much time do I have to complete this virtual event?

The event will take place from October 15 at 12:00 a.m. MT to November 29 at 11:59 p.m. MT. 

Are there any prizes?

Both free and paid registrations are eligible for randomly awarded prizes. There is over $6,000 in prizes available. Click here to view the Official Rules.

(Prizes are open to participants who are residents of the United States of America and currently residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, excluding New York and Florida).

What happens if I exceed the distances needed for the swim, bike or run?

You are welcome to exceed the distances. Swim, bike and run as much as you like!

How will I know when I complete the virtual challenge?

Check out the map (see directions at the top of this page). If your team is in New York City, you are done! 

What is Time to Tri?

Time to Tri is an unprecedented initiative within the triathlon industry to grow the sport by proactively recruiting and supporting athletes as they train for and compete in their first race. The initiative, a strategic joint effort between USA Triathlon and IRONMAN, was unveiled in early 2018.

What if I don’t have a swimming pool?

There are various facilities, clubs and communities that offer indoor swimming pools. Check with your local gyms, YMCA's, and community centers. Additionally, you can search online through U.S. Masters Swimming. 

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