2020 Worldwide Virtual Masters Challenge

 

18 July through 2 August 2020

Revised June 3, 2020

Events

Running

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m / 10k, Sprint Hurdles (80,100,110), Long Hurdles (200, 300, 400), Steeplechase and Half Marathon

Jumping

High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump and Triple Jump

Throwing

Shot Put, Discus, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw, Weight Throw, Super Weight Throw and Throws Pentathlon

Combined Events

Decathlon, Heptathlon and Throws Pentathlon

Race Walking

5000m, 10k and 20k

Age Groups

Five year age groups for Men and Women starting at 35 years of age. Athletes ages are as of July 18, 2020.

General Rules

  1. Follow WMA rules of competition where appropriate.
  2. Competitions must be done safely following all applicable World Health Organization (WHO) and government guidelines.
  3. Competition is open to everyone who can compete in a safe area regardless of whether WMA rules can be followed. Competition results will be grouped in three categories (see Results section below). Read Frequently Asked Questions for examples.
  4. Participants compete between July 18 and August 2, 2020. Participants can perform an event once in the date period!
  5. RESULTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE MIDNIGHT US PACIFIC TIME ON AUGUST 4, 2020. RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT TIME AND DATE.

Results

Results will be categorized when submitted:

  • Category A – Pre-organized competitions run by organizations at an athletics facility like a track, designated jumping / throwing field or arena or gym.
  • Category B – Officiated competitions at an athletics facility. As described above, officials can be friends or fellow competitors timing, marking, measuring and calling fouls.
  • Category C – Road, parking lot, field or wherever else the athlete can compete safely

Results will be posted on this site after the event has concluded. They will be by age group and searchable by affiliation, region, athlete and competition category.

Safety and Health Statement: Safety of athletes and all involved is paramount. Everyone involved must adhere to all applicable safety practices. Furthermore, it will be the responsibility of participating athletes to act within World Health Organization (WHO) and government guidelines for health and safety when participating in this event.

Entry Fees

2 Euros / $2.35US per event.

Registration

Click Here to Register (registration closes on 15 July)

Status of Entries

Awards

Awards are still being planned. There is so much to do in a short time which is why awards are not finalized yet. Special certificates will be available for all participants. Additionally, special awards are being provided by some organizations. Axel Hermanns,www.lampis.net, is providing special cups for the best male and female athlete in the Throws Pentathlon. MastersRankings.com will be providing special awards which will be announced shortly. We welcome anyone who wants to provide other special awards.

Questions

ReadFrequently Asked Questions, email virtualmasterscw@gmail.com orshare your thoughts, suggestions and requests with the organizers and others in the comment section below.

93 Replies to “2020 Worldwide Virtual Masters Challenge

  1. Hi, I am from South Africa, We would like to enter but unfortunately, we are still in a hard lockdown and sporting events and the opening of sports will certainly not be before July 26 2020
    All the best with the organising.

    1. Hermann. Sorry for the delay in responding. If you see the rules now, we are encouraging participation in this event at safe locations that may not be in a stadium. The results will be categorized into three groups which I will post below.

      If you think there is an option to compete, at any level, we would love your involvement. Also, special population participants would be warmly welcomed as well.

      In the rules section, we have indicated that competitions will be in three categories. I have posted these below. We obviously prefer a competitor to compete in a normal track and field event under all the rules. This situation will not be possible for athletes in all locations. Participation is key given the world wide difficulties this year. The result category will be flagged into the categories below. An athlete, is only able to participate per the example given is welcome, but will be in a different category to other athletes.

      1) Pre-organized competitions run by organizations at an athletics facility like a track, designated jumping / throwing field or arena or gym.
      2)Officiated competitions at an athletics facility. As described above, officials can be friends or fellow competitors timing, marking, measuring and calling fouls.
      3) Road, parking lot, field or wherever else the athlete can compete safely.

  2. I’m interested and have shared this on the Women’s Masters Pole Vault page on Facebook. This is exciting! 🙂

  3. Una propuesta muy interesante.
    Estaremos atentos a difundir la actividad cuando sta se de y sepamos si a nivel local si podemos participar.

  4. I’m ready: my pit and runway are set up, and I now get to jump about every 10 days …. this will get great!

    1. Maybe me (billy potter) rod speidel and rick Nelson could come and compete at your place? Even though u will beat all of us. I’ll have everyone sign a waiver but all of us consider you a friend and are old school christ followers.

    1. There are others working on a virtual running event. We may expand to running events, so please watch this space for updates.

  5. Sounds great, is there a plan for track distances to be added to the event line up?

    A great system for Virtual Racing has been developed by Open Track – https://opentrack.run/

    Look forward to see further developments!

      1. When Gottfried told me about this event, I immediately loved it. We are trying to make it known to many Masters in Italy! It will be a healthy stimulus, based on fairness that will lead us to love Athletics even more!

    1. Tony. We will add running events. We have to make the assumption that participants will be able perform within the general WMA rules. Some flexibility is expected with venues in some countries, but athletes should make best efforts for accuracy.

    1. Hi Greg
      I understand where you are coming from on this. The super weight is not a WMA event. Let me discuss. Watch for updates.

  6. Sierra Gold Track Club in Grass Valley California is excited about the meet. We were already planning to hold a series of inner squad performance exhibitions over the summer with meet conditions. We have a private facility available , we also have a public facility. We did not plan of having an open meet .

    Dik Hotchkiss Sierra Gold Throws Coach

  7. Would love to participate but we are only allowed to train atm. Would distances be valid if training were to be done under competition conditions? What official requirements would be needed?

    1. Dorn:

      We have not communicated very clearly. Yes, training done under competitive conditions would be fine. How could we have done a better job in our explanation?

      (Some locations may be able to participate in normal event conditions. This event is based on alternative settings and methods of recording your performance)

  8. Great idea but unlikely to be taking part as relevant sporting events still not permitted in the UK for foreseeable future. When you said “virtual” I thought that -like numerous such events being held – we could register our solo efforts as recorded on Garmin or Strava. But this seems to expect participation in actual events.

    1. Hi Tony:
      We have not communicated very clearly. Your example, “solo efforts recorded on Garmin..” would be perfectly acceptable and represents what we view as part of the virtual nature of this event. Can you help us? What would have been a clearer way to have said what this event is all about? (Some locations may be able to participate in “normal” event conditions. This event is based on alternative settings and methods of recording your performance)

      1. Hi Guy: Have just stumbled across your reply – hence the delay. Not much to add to the above. Something like “URL of Strava or Garmin (or equivalent) performance is acceptable but must be an uninterrupted run, no photo stops or rest stops, showing precise distance, date and time.”
        Numerous virtual races are being run here smoothly and efficiently, some with performance data checking in the hands of independent third parties.
        Cheers, Tony

  9. I saw steeplechase listed…how can you run a steeple event with no water in the pit? That would be unsafe.

    1. True, no water in the water jump is not safe. Unfortunately, not all events can be done outside a normal track with jumping, vaulting and throwing facilities. Pole vault would not be an option without a safe runway and landing area. This is not the case everywhere, however, and hopefully more facilities will open again. Events like steeplechase might be able to be contested if it can be done safely without water like having all the barriers on the track.

    1. We are considering a certificate that can be downloaded and allow a athlete to enter their performance and position.

      1. What a great idea! Would you consider a virtual 1600-meter Power Walk/Race Walk event from 2020 National Veteran’s Golden Age Games? We have timers, a video of the start, and pictures of finishing times for each competitor.

          1. Guy Dirken, the Virtual Nat Vets Golden Age Games runs from June 23-29 but only events (1600m PowerWalk, Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Waste Basketbal, and Trivia).

      1. If a certified official is used at a USATF approved facility (university) what category would athletes participate under?

  10. Rule 2. “The run can be timed with a stop watch by a friend, you do not need a certified official.” This leaves the results wide open to unlimited abuse. I only race when there is some guarantee of integrity in the results so will not participate in this.

    1. Desmond. We understand your concern. In the rule section, we have indicated that competitions will be in three categories. I have posted these below. We obviously prefer a competitor to compete in a “normal” track and field event under all the rules. This situation will not be possible for athletes in all locations. Participation is key given the world wide difficulties this year. The result category will be flagged into the categories below. An athlete, is only able to participate per the example given is welcome, butwill be in a different category to other athletes.

      1) Pre-organized competitions run by organizations at an athletics facility like a track, designated jumping / throwing field or arena or gym.
      2)Officiated competitions at an athletics facility. As described above, officials can be friends or fellow competitors timing, marking, measuring and calling fouls.
      3) Road, parking lot, field or wherever else the athlete can compete safely.

  11. Me parece una excelente idea. Voy a motivar a los atletas mster de Costa Rica para que participen.
    I think it is a great idea. I will motivate Costa Rican Master Athletes to participate.

    1. Lauren.
      Jag uppskattar din id och hller med dej
      Lycka till alla ni atleter i Costa Rica
      Bosse Larsson. SUECIA

  12. Love the concept and will enter a couple of middle distance track events but can it be more all encompassing.
    A tad more inclusion than exclusion with ex stadia events such as a Half Marathon and Marathon We endurance runners are feeling more and more excluded

  13. Thank you for adding the running events. I noted you have stated only one entry per event but Im assuming you can enter in more than one event? Thank you

    1. We mean one event can only be done and athlete once during the date range for the event. You can do multiple events within the date range.

  14. I think there will be interest by athletes from Hellas and other Balkan countries.
    Please, check the correct names of the Countries , where “submit results” and “I am citizen of:” .. You have “Macedonia” instead of correct “North Macedonia” , “North Korea” instead of “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” …
    This may prevent certain athletes to enter.
    Thank you!

  15. My name is Lauren Retana, I am the president of the Sports Association of Athletics Master of Costa Rica (ADEMA). I am motivating Master athletes to participate in the World Master Challenge. Here in Costa Rica, due to the pandemic, all sports centers are closed, especially the tracks. Athletes ask some questions regarding the event, if you can please answer them, I will appreciate it. Here in our country they would have to measure the distance on a highway, if they can participate, because there is not other option, can they do it on a highway for 100 meters or more? Does the athlete run, take the time or make a throw or jump and take the distance, in what form and where do they send that measurement? Time is manual, right? Where do they register and how many events can we participate in? Then they report the cost of registration? Thank you very much for what you can answer me.

    Mi nombre es Lauren Retana, soy la presidenta de la Asociacin Deportiva Mster de Atletismo de Costa Rica (ADEMA). Estoy motivando a los atletas Mster para que participen en el reto mundial mster. Ac en Costa Rica, por la pandemia, estn cerrados todos los centros deportivos, en especial las pistas. Los atletas hacen algunas preguntas con respecto al evento, si por favor usted puede contestarlas, se lo voy a agradecer. Ac en nuestro pas tendran que medir la distancia en una carretera, si pueden participar, porque no hay otra opcin, pueden hacerlo en una carretera los 100 metros o ms? El atleta hace la carrera, se le toma el tiempo o hace un lanzamiento o salto y le toman la distancia, en que forma y adnde envan esa medicin? El tiempo es manual, verdad? Dnde se inscriben y en cuntos eventos podemos participar? Luego informan el costo de la inscripcin? Muchas gracias por lo que me puede responder.

    1. Lauren:
      Registration information will be coming out soon and will be explained.
      Results will be posted to a link on this site, specifically for this event. We will provide the link closer to the competition
      There is no limit to the number of events. BUT an athlete can only do ONE event (eg 800M) once during the period. They could do a 1550, 5000 and so on; no problem
      Regarding the place, like a road, please see the below.

      We understand your concern. In the rule section, we have indicated that competitions will be in three categories. I have posted these below. We obviously prefer a competitor to compete in a normal track and field event under all the rules. This situation will not be possible for athletes in all locations. Participation is key given the world wide difficulties this year. The result category will be flagged into the categories below. An athlete, is only able to participate per the example given is welcome, but will be in a different category to other athletes.

      1) Pre-organized competitions run by organizations at an athletics facility like a track, designated jumping / throwing field or arena or gym.
      2)Officiated competitions at an athletics facility. As described above, officials can be friends or fellow competitors timing, marking, measuring and calling fouls.
      3) Road, parking lot, field or wherever else the athlete can compete safely.

  16. Real Great Idea!
    unfortunately during this period we have not any significant Masters Competitions,but surely, I will find possibility to run with young men in official competition.
    Thanks!

    1. Fantastic Joe! You offer is very kind and valued.

      Jo Phelps, for example, is a W60 high jumper in Clermont, FL. I am sure she would love to meet up and compete.

  17. I have not thrown in a couple of years due to injuries and illness. This will be a fun and easy way to start la comeback. Looking forward to participating.

    1. Thank you so much Torrey for spreading the idea of the virtual masters challenge among northern Europe. If I may help you in any way dont hesitate to call me. All the best Torrey !

  18. The 9 Day window , July 18 thru July 26 , makes for a multi event opportunity!
    How about a Mid D vs Long D Challenge
    Run 3 races in 9 days total your AG Scores and Viola!
    Mid D: Either 400m or 800m
    Classic Everyone 1500m
    Long D: Either 5000m or 10000m

  19. Definitely interested but organised events continue to be cancelled well into the foreseeable future. Thus it will have to be self-timed (Garmin, Strava) and trust for many of us in the UK.

    1. Good question. No, as long as you get all the results in by the deadline that is OK. BUT, please enter your results as you finish the events so that the system does not get overloaded on the last day.

  20. great idea.I will try to promote it in Hellas(Greece)
    i hope you will have great participation

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