2020 Worldwide Virtual Masters Challenge

 

18 July through 2 August 2020

Revised June 22, 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

Click Here to Register (registration closes on 15 July)

Status of Entries

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

Thank you Toronto2020

The Toronto2020 Team was working hard to provide the greatest WMA Championship ever for Masters Athletes. Through this challenge, we honor the Toronto2020 Team and The Greatest Meet That Almost Was. Thank you, Toronto Athletics Event Management Inc. Team for everything you did and wanted to do.

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

Read Frequently Asked Questions, email virtualmasterscw@gmail.com or share your thoughts, suggestions and requests with the organizers and others in the comment section below.

151 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. Herman, what events do you do? I’m from South Africa and I will certainly be able to do the race walking events. I’m sure there must be something you can do to participate. We’ve moved to level 3 Lockdown which isn’t as stringent as level 4 was.

    3. Hi Hermann
      It appears as if we might be able to compete, considering the Group C category. I’m very keen to participate.
      Must just find out how it’s done.
      All the best.

  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.

      1. On reflection Guy, perhaps I’m being rather too “high-handed” about this. The event is not going to be accredited for any official records purposes so there’s not much to be gained by anybody who tries to subvert your “rules”. If somebody suddenly records a time/distance way out of line with any previous performance, it would likely be noticed. Plus, as we’ve all experienced, we hardly ever produce, informally alone, the level of performance we achieve in accredited competition. If the event(s) simply provide some motivation & purpose to continue training, that alone would be a positive outcome from staging it. Maybe I’ll give it a go after all.
        Question: Do the 5,000 & 10,000mts have to be on track. I don’t have access but could do either/both on road.

        1. We will check performance validity, as best we can, using various tools and, if necessary, will be contacting the athlete. Athlete peers are often good at point out outliers as well.

          You can do a 5K or 10K on the road. Performances would fall into Category C. This is not a bad thing! Just want to see as many people actively engaged as possible.

    2. New Zealand is now out of lock down…so we will try to organise regional meets for Masters to enter. What a wonderful idea. Thank you.

      1. Thank you. In Denmark, someone has become a lead to generate interest at the grass roots level. In their case through the club system. Perhaps if yoo can be a bit of a “cheer leader” (:-))

  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

    1. Thank you so much Nikolaos for spreading the idea among Greece and Balkan nations – a big hug to Vassilis Manganas

  21. I have paid 8 euros for 4 events by paypal. There is no confirmation of my entries in my email. Something went wrong??

        1. It is ok now. Thank you! I will ask by email instructions how could I pay for other persons (if possible) using my own paypal account.. Some of them don’t speak english nor espanol and they don’t have paypal account..

    1. Strongly recommended to use you national colors. This was one of the things we thought would be a positive component since the beginning of the idea

  22. Cool, thanks for organizing this! For category B, decathlon….. do events need to be completed in order, within two days? The rules state that “Follow WMA rules of competition where appropriate.” It’s the “where appropriate” part that I’m wondering about. Where I live, it’s legal to throw javelin in very few locations, and they most often would not overlap with the availability of a pole vault pit. Add that there’s a 90 mile drive between where I throw and where I “vault” (Snake Pit).

    1. Understood Rick. It is certainly the preference to follow the event order and two day format. However, the category classification would allow you to deviate from the strict meet requirements. We are relying on each athlete to choose the right category. Thanks and good luck.

  23. Buenas noches. El 1 de junio se abri el perodo de inscripcin al reto mundial mster pero no dice adnde enviarla, pregunt en la pgina pero no me contestaron. Hay que pagar por evento, pero no hay cuenta bancaria para depositar o transferir. Adems dice que solo el 1 de junio de junio se poda pagar, muy poco tiempo. La pgina no abre siempre. Disculpe las molestias. Gracias. Goodnight. Please can you help me with the following questions. On June 1, the registration period for the global master’s challenge opened but it does not say where to send it, I asked on the page but they did not answer me. You have to pay per event, but there is no bank account to deposit or transfer. In addition, it says that only June 1 of June you could pay, very little time. The page does not always open. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you.

  24. Please can you help me with the following questions. On June 1, the registration period for the global master’s challenge opened but it does not say where to send it, I asked on the page but they did not answer me. You have to pay per event, but there is no bank account to deposit or transfer. In addition, it says that only June 1 of June you could pay, very little time. The page does not always open. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you.

    1. Throws pent is one event @2 Euros. Addition, individual throwing events would be a further 2 Euros per event.

    1. Thanks Donna. I have been trying to sign up for Australian Masters, but no luck yet. If you could continue to share future updates that would be great.

  25. Boa noite! Na hora da inscrio eu j devo informar o local onde vou realizar a prova, exemplo se vou utilizar uma rea prpria para arremessos ou uma autro rea. Se for competir no arremesso de peso e no lanamento de disco eu fao uma prova em cada dia. Muito obrigada.

  26. No tengo claro el proceso de inscripcion, estoy interesado en participar en dos evenyos en 100 y 200 metros.

  27. Quite interested in the half-only problem is that I live half way up a hill-which is going to put me at a disadvantage competing against those on the flat! 🙂

    1. Discus Throwers in high altitude, windy places and dry air have a tremendous advantage over competitors like my self that will be throwing below sea level in ole hot and humid Louisiana. Wouldn’t be surprised if some traveled to those kind of places to compete.

      1. We can’t travel more than 5 miles at the moment so we’ll just have to grin & bear it! Some of my runs are over 1,000 ft not much flat around here! 🙂

  28. Hi
    If a road race is conducted (5km/10km} on a measured and certified course with proper timing does it stiil count only as category C or could it be Category A

    1. George. I am thinking Category B. If the event was advertised ahead of time and you meet the requirements of a normal competitive road race, that would be accepted in non-COVID times, that would be category A. The number of runners need to be more than a time trial, but certainly does not need to be a large number of participants. This is a bit out of my area of expertise, any other comments welcome.

  29. Hi Guy,
    As Tony Berry says, there are no official track events in the UK for Masters. The British Championships has been cancelled.
    Can you provide clear advice to athletes as to how these Virtual times and distances should be completed? Self timed / self measured events do not stack up!!
    Personally, I am using this “down-time” to rehab after injury. But those who wish to “compete” should do so under controlled conditions!
    Also, the window needs to be wider!
    If you extend this beyond 2 August, you will have more chance of involving more athletes. Thank you so much!

      1. Sorry to hear about your injury and we hope that you rehab it quickly and completely.

        We appreciate your concern about self-timed/self-measured events. Obviously there is room for error and even mischief. Nonetheless, the overall goals is to create an event where the most number of people can participate and enjoy the benefits of training with a goal and stacking themselves up against the competition. Because most places around the globe will not have sanctioned meets with FAT, the only effective way to stage the event is to provide for other means of competing.

        As to accuracy, we are encouraging a few guidelines (not rules) that will help provide something closer to standardized timing.

        For running events:

        Timing would start with countdowns. So, the timer would say, “runner to your mark” and then after the runner is positioned on the blocks/line, the timer would countdown in even time: “Set, 4, 3, 2, 1.” The runner and timer would both start on “1”. The idea behind this is to have the most consistent timing as possible, especially since almost everyone is going to be hand-timing. The person with the watch will not have to guess when the gun goes off and neither will the runner. That helps minimize the normal delay under hand-timing. And, as a result, will even out the timing across all hand-timed competitors.

        For measured events, we are encouraging athletes to be measured by someone else, even fellow competitors. Again, however, if that is not possible, we will rely on the competitor to be as accurate as possible.

        As to honesty, we view this as similar to golf. One doesnt cheat, because one doesnt cheat and it is, after all, just a game.

        Finally, the three groups of results (FAT sanctioned meets, self/other timed/measured on standard athletics facilities, and self-created facilities (e.g. measured mile on the road, backyard shot pit etc.) will be sortable by grouping so that competitors can compare their results apples to apples and overall. Our current assumption is that most athletes will be submitting under the second group, namely self-timed at a track/self-measured at regulation facilities. If we exclude that group and the creative third group, we will have minimal participation thereby losing the overall intent.

  30. I hope to be able to participate. No opportunity to compete yet in Victoria, Australia so will delay entry till July when we should have a better idea. As a racewalker, Category C would not be satisfactory if no judging.

  31. Hello Guy, its been to long. Thanks for the event, looking forward to see you all again. Had a torn Labrum last Nov., started throwing again yesterday. Will see all of you in July.

  32. Hey Guy! Great program & I appreciate what you are trying to do here. One question though, do you have a way for us to send in video footage of what we are doing, as a way of adding some validation of our performances? Maybe video post some of the best marks & times on this site or on-line somewhere. I see USATF is doing a big youth virtual meet (which I think is super!), where they have to send in video footage, but I realize that’s probably a big budget thing and even more difficult to do world wide like your doing here. Anyway, just a thought and again grateful for the opportunity to try and keep our side of the sport going doing these trying times.
    Always, Antonio C. Palacios (USA-Long & triple jumper)

    1. Antonio
      We have been trying to keep things as simple as possible given the scope of the event being world wide, with differing availability of technology in some countries. So we are not mandating video evidence for the event. But we can look into posting videos from an interest perspective. Let me discuss and get back to you in a day or so.

      1. Hola . Consulto si bien no solicitan vdeos, como hacen para elegir la categora? Las inscripciones estamos todos los atletas juntos, como saben si el atleta compiti en categora A.B o C

  33. Do you need to be affiliated/belong to a national/regional masters organization to be able to compete? In other words, is it in order for an individual with no affiliation to a masters body to enter?

  34. Kia Orana from Cook Islands in Oceania region. Love the idea and opportunity for us to compete on a world stage without leaving our Covid-19 free Paradise. Am I correct to assume if an athlete lives here they qualify as representing our nation. Would that apply to persons stuck here by border restrictions or can they choose their affiliation?

    1. Greetings Ruth! In general, I would have thought that if an athlete has competed internationally in the past that staying with the original home country would make sense.

      This event is not a WMA event so affiliation to ones home nation is not critical, but for the sake of simplicity and continuity if I was in the Cook Islands, but usually competed for Britain, I would stick with Britain.

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