Join the 2.6 Challenge Using OpenTrack Virtual Racing

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Athletics Northern Ireland is delighted to announce a new partnership with OpenTrack virtual racing. To launch the new partnership, we are encouraging all Athletics NI affiliated clubs to support the Virgin Money London Marathon 2.6 Challenge- a new initiative which aims to raise the £67 million for UK charities that would have been raised by the postponed event.

The partnership with OpenTrack racing allows all Athletics NI affiliated clubs to use the platform free of charge to create virtual running competitions and challenges- to challenge and engage with your club members, and also to encourage some inter-club competition.We are encouraging all affiliated clubs to use OpenTrack to create a 26-minute virtual competition to support the 2.6 Challenge, which starts on Sunday 26th April.Please remember- everyone should still follow the Public Health Agency guidance and any relevant information from the government and sporting bodies. We hope to encourage activity in a fun, yet safe way. We have put together some advice on Organising a Virtual event for event organisers and athletes on the Permits section of our website.
About OpenTrack

The OpenTrack virtual racing platform offers:

  • Instantaneous scoring across a range of formats enabling inter-club and league competition
  • Ability to specify a ‘racing window’
  • Ability to submit results easily with one copy/paste from Garmin or Strava
  • Charitable donation options on any race

Athletics NI affiliated clubs can set-up their club on OpenTrack and will be able to use the service free of charge:

  • Click here to learn more about virtual racing and the OpenTrack offering
  • Click here for details on how to set-up your club/group on the OpenTrack platform and organise your virtual race, on the OpenTrack platform.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be working with OpenTrack on new developments including support tools, automatic Strava API integration and use for virtual track and field competitions.

About the 2.6 Challenge

The UK’s charities need your help. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on charities with the cancellation or postponement of mass participation events resulting in a huge loss of fundraising opportunities. The Virgin Money London Marathon, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one day fundraising event and raised over £66 million for thousands of charities in 2019.

That’s why we’re encouraging our affiliated clubs to join the 2.6 Challenge, using OpenTrack to set up a 26 minute virtual race, in line with government guidance and social distancing, to see how far your club members can run in that time.  Clubs and groups can fundraise for any charity they wish and you can click here to find out more about the #TwoPointSixChallenge online.

Source : Athletics NI