Registering for and Competing in Virtual Road Races and XC Meets

Watch this 2:40 video on how to register for Virtual XC and Road Races.

Participation in Virtual Road Races and XC Meets is a fun way to take part in competition with others from all over the country, from wherever you are! Competing in these virtual events requires the use of AthleticAPP, which will allow you to run your own course and easily submit your results.

This article is a set of instructions that will guide you through every step in the process of registering for and competing in Virtual Road Races and XC Meets.

There are several distinct steps involved in registering for and competing in an virtual event. In brief, they are as follows.

Create an Account

In order to participate in events hosted using's virtual meet platform, you'll need to have an account. Creating an account will not only allow you to associate any past track and field results posted on the site with your login, but it will allow you to follow your favorite teams and athletes. To create an account, see Creating Your Account on

Enter a USATF Membership ID

If you're not a USATF member, you can skip this section.

If you are a USATF member, it's a good idea to add your membership number to your profile. Additionally, certain events may offer discounts to USATF members, and adding the membership number to your profile will make you eligible for those discounts.

To add your USATF membership ID, choose the menu icon () from the top left corner.

From the menu that appears, choose  Myself under Athlete Registration.

On the page that appears, choose Add USATF ID.

In the window that pops up, enter your USATF Membership ID number as provided by USATF, and then click Add.

Download AthleticAPP

To compete in virtual events, you'll also need to download and install AthleticAPP on a mobile device. AthleticAPP is available for iOS and Android devices, and is the platform for recording and submitting results for Virtual Meets.

Follow one of the following links to install AthleticAPP on your mobile devices, or search for AthleticAPP in your mobile device's app store. Learn more about AthleticAPP here.

Enter a Team Code

If you are planning on competing as a member of a team, follow this section to link yourself to your team. If you're competing as an unattached athlete, you can skip this section.

Entering your team's code, similar to a USATF ID, will allow you to register yourself as affiliated with your team. Your team's code is available from your coach. Not only will it allow you to register yourself as affiliated with your team, but it will enable communications features between you and your teammates and coaches using AthleticAPP. To enter your team code, click on your name or picture in the top right corner of the page, and from the menu that appears, choose  Add Team Code.

Enter the 8-digit team code in the box provided, then choose your role and sports. Finally, click Done.

Find an Event, Select Race, Pay Entry Fee

Find an Event

To find a virtual event to compete in, choose the menu icon () from the top left corner, and then choose  Events from the menu that appears.

Use the Show All Virtual Meets checkbox to show all virtual events. Virtual Track and Field events will be labeled with TF and Road Races and Cross Country will be labeled with XC. When you select Show All Virtual Meets, meets in the current month will be shown. Use the calendar tool on the left to select another month.

Each event shows the type of athletes that are eligible to register for it (i.e., Middle School, High School, College, Club, Unattached). Click on a meet to expand the listing and view meet information and registration options.

Most virtual events are shown as multi-day events. This date range is known as the Submission Window. Results must be submitted between the beginning and end dates of the meet in order to be included in the overall results.

To begin the registration process, click on your name under Register Individually.

Choose Attached or Unattached

On the next page, under your name, you'll see Competing followed by Unattached, or the name of a team. If you've entered your USATF membership ID or a team code, you'll see a drop-down arrow. This menu will allow you to choose whether you're competing as a member of your team/club or unattached.

It may take up to one hour after you enter your USATF Membership ID for the system to display your club as an option. If you entered your USATF Membership ID as described above and do not see your club, return after one hour and refresh the page.

Some meets may require a virtual waiver or other form to be completed before allowing registration. Make sure you complete any forms under Registration Forms before proceeding with your registration.

Select Your Race

Depending on how the meet is configured, there may be one or more race choices for you to choose from. Make your selection by clicking on the race you'd like to participate in. If you make a mistake, click on the race again to de-select it.

Pay Entry Fees

Not all virtual meets require an entry fee. If you do not see any messages requiring payment, your registration is completed as soon as you select your event. Proceed to Download AthleticAPP to continue

Once you have selected your events, scroll down to the Entry Fees heading. The balance due will appear. Select  Pay Now.

You may be prompted to confirm that you have read any applicable waivers, and you may be asked to re-enter your email address. After those two screens, you'll land on the payment information screen.

Enter the name on the credit card, the card number, expiration date, and 3-digit security code, and then select Charge Card. You will receive an email with a receipt.

Use AthleticAPP to Record and Submit Your Results

To submit results for virtual events, you'll record evidence of your attempts with your mobile device. Once you've downloaded AthleticAPP onto your mobile device, open the app, and choose Sign in with Email.

Enter the email address and password you used earlier when creating your account, and tap Log In.

From the AthleticAPP home screen, select the Notifications () icon.

The Notifications screen shows all virtual events you are currently registered in. Tap the name of the meet to select it.

On the screen that appears, you will see the events you registered for. Additionally, there's a link to the event page, which will allow you to edit your registration if necessary.

If you see the clock icon () on an event listing, you may not submit a result because you are outside the submission window. The submission window (the date range during which you may submit a result) is shown at the top of the screen.

To submit a result, tap on the required event. On this screen, you will be prompted to enter your result for the event. Additionally, you will be presented with options to upload a picture, a video, or to record a run. These options are multiple ways to provide evidence of the result that you're about to submit. In order to submit a result, some form of evidence must be uploaded.

For distance events, we recommend using the Record Run feature. When using this feature, having a predetermined course isn't necessary. The GPS tracker and stopwatch remain synchronized during your run, and the clock will automatically stop and the time will be recorded when you complete the distance of the race. For more information regarding the Record Run feature, see Recording Your Virtual Distance Event Result.

Alternatively you may submit a screenshot of another run tracking device or software using the Add Photo button. The screenshot should show both distance and time.

Finally, while you're welcome to submit a video of your attempt, we don't recommend you provide a video as your only piece of evidence for events longer than one mile. The length of the video becomes cumbersome.

Keep in mind that these are general instructions for submitting distance results. Individual events may have evidence requirements or instructions specific to that particular event that you may need to follow. See the Meet Info page for your specific event for more details.

Once you enter your result and provide evidence as described here, tap Submit at the top right of the screen.

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