#BackThePack Virtual Race

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Lace up your sneakers and get ready to participate in a family-friendly journey in support of Bloomsburg University Athletics! Join us October 1st – October 31st for the inaugural Bloomsburg University #BackThePack Virtual Race.

Run, walk, or bike a mile or a 5K (3.1 miles) on your favorite route in your own town, at your own speed, on your own time! Share a photo or screenshot of your time with the hashtag #BackThePack to the BU Athletics and BU Alumni Association Facebook pages. 

Whether you’re on a treadmill, jogging in your neighborhood, walking around the block or cruising your favorite mountain trail, the #BackThePack Virtual Race is an excellent way for the Bloomsburg University Family to support and be a part of Husky Athletics this fall.

The #BackThePack Virtual Race is hosted by the Bloomsburg University Athletic Department and the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement. Registration is just $25 per person and all funds raised will provide much needed scholarship support for BU student-athletes via the Bloomsburg University Foundation’s Bloom On Fund, designated for General Athletic Scholarships.


Sign up today and make sure to download your #BackThePack Virtual Race bib. The Top 3 individual finishers in each category (Male/Female, 1 Mile/5K) who run and submit their results by sharing a photo using #BackThePack will receive a medal and gift bag. 

Sport your maroon and gold to display your Husky Pride while participating and share a photo with the hashtag #BackThePack to be entered in a drawing to win a Husky Prize Pack.

*You may compete in both distance races but individuals will only be eligible for 1 prize.
**Those choosing to bike the distance are not eligible for top 3 consideration. 


Contact Bernie Empie at bempie@bloomu.edu or 570-389-4891.


What is a virtual race and what are the rules? 

A virtual race is a competitive opportunity that allows participants to run, walk or bike to complete their race distance virtually from anywhere around the globe. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself! The #BackThePack Virtual Race includes an option to complete either a mile or 5K (3.1 miles).

When does the #BackthePack Virtual Race take place?

Participants can complete their journey between October 1 and October 31, 2020. You can upload your results anytime between 12:01 am on Thursday, October 1st through 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 31st. You will receive the link to submit results prior to October 1.

How do I register for the virtual race?

Just click the GIVE NOW button and pay your registration fee. If you are paying for more than one registration, just list any additional racer names in the JOINT GIFT section.

Who can participate in the virtual race?

We encourage everyone to participate! All fitness levels and ages are welcome to join us. We would ask that if your child (under 18) would like to enter, you as the parent/guardian must complete the online entry form on the child’s behalf.

Will there be awards?

The top 3 male and top 3 female finishers for each race (mile and 5K) will receive a commemorative race medal and a Husky Prize Pack!

In addition, be sure to sport your maroon and gold and display your Husky Pride while participating! Anyone who shares a photo from their race with the hashtag #BackThePack will be entered in a drawing to win a Husky Prize Pack.

Do I need to complete the mile or 5K distance in one go?

The top three finishers will need to show proof of completing the full distance in one go to qualify for any awards. If you are not interested in winning a medal, you can run the distance that best suits you and still show your support!

What’s needed in order to submit my race results?

You must submit your results to be counted as having completed the races. For the serious competitors, we request submitting proof of your time and distance with pictures of your running watch (showing date), or screenshots from any of the popular running apps including Strava, and Nike Run (you cannot be considered for a top finisher medal without this proof).

Submit your race results here: https://buhuskies.com/sb_outpu...

Where can I view the full race results?

Real-time results and overall standings will be updated periodically throughout the month of October on both our athletics and alumni sites. Final results will be announced on November 1st!

LEGAL STUFF: All donations to TakeActionBU.org are tax-deductible as allowed by law. All funds donated to this page, unless otherwise noted, will be used to fund athletic scholarships at BU.The Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to solicit charitable contributions in all states requiring registration. A full list of state disclosures is available online. Registration does not imply endorsement.



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