Q: What is a Virtual Race?

A: A virtual race is a race that can be run “virtually” anywhere. Instead of all participants gathering together on the same day at the same time in the same location, participants have the ability to run 8 miles on their own in their own neighborhood or favorite running spot. Once the run has been completed, registered participants will upload their results (instructions will be sent separately) and participants will still be part of the community to complete the Balboa Park 8 Miler even if they can’t run in Balboa Park!

Q: What if I can’t run on Saturday, August 1st?

A: That’s OK! As long as you’re able to get your results uploaded by Sunday, August 2nd at 11:59pm, your results will be counted. You’re also welcome to post your 8 mile results before August 1st! If you need to post your results after the deadline that’s ok too, however your results will not count toward awards which will be tallied on Monday, August 3rd.

Q: Can I run this virtual race in a location other than Balboa Park?

A: Yes! In order to maintain social and physical distance, we encourage you to pick the location best for you. No need to go to Balboa Park – you can run in your neighborhood, by the beach, through a park, or anywhere else you prefer. Just make sure your course is 8 miles!

Q: How do I prove I ran the race?

A: Results for the Virtual Balboa Park 8 Miler will be an honor system. We have partnered with Runkeeper to track your results in real time. But, if you do not wish to utilize that function that’s OK. After you’ve completed your run, you will follow the instructions to manually post your time to our results page. No photos or videos need to be sent to us. But please feel free to post those on social media and tag us #balboapark8miler #sandiegotrackclub

Q: When will I receive my participant goods?

A:  Participant goods will be available for pick up at Road Runner Sports (on copley drive) on Saturday, July 25th from 11:00am – 5:00pm. If you do not feel comfortable coming in person, we will mail the remaining packets to the address provided by the registrant on Monday, July 27th. They should be received by all participants by Wednesday, July 29th. Your participant packet will include your race bib, participant t-shirt and your finisher medal. We will also be mailing you instructions on how to use Racekeeper or upload your results manually.

How Do I Track My Run & Upload My Results?

To create a seamless virtual event experience, we’ve partnered with Race Roster and the ASICS Runkeeper™ app to bring you the best way to record your run/walk and automatically upload your results.

Once you register you will follow these easy steps to complete your virtual run or walk:

  1. Download the app (optional) and set up your free Runkeeper™ account.
  2. Add the Balboa Park 8 Miler to Runkeeper™ by clicking the button in the official email we sent you. You can add your run ahead of time to ensure it’s set up properly.
  3. Click the flag icon in the app when you are ready to run. Results will post automatically to Race Roster.


  • Detailed instructions (with images) for using the ASICS Runkeeper app to track your virtual event are linked here
  • Instructions to link a recent activity recorded on a FitBit, Garmin or Apple Watch linked here
  • Steps to connect your FitBit, Garmin or Apple Watch to the Runkeeper app are linked here

Viewing and Posting Results

Participants are welcome to use their own tracking software or devices. If you do not use Runkeeper, simply click the button below and send us your results.

View Results

Need help? Click here for full instructions.