Candy Run 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon Challenge

Jumping in the time machine we went back to a day where video games were nonexistent and board games were a nightly family favorite.  One game comes to mind as one that stood out as a favorite, Candyland!  Back to the present day we at The Virtual Run Challenge have re-imagined this classic board game into the future and have come up with the Candy Run Challenge!

This retro twist of a classic is a “sweet” way for you to get the whole family motivated to get active.  The adventure takes you on a wonderful journey, conquering mile after mile with some special 5k, 10, 15k milestones to accomplish along the way, until you eventually reach the Candy Castle and a sweet half marathon distance to claim your throne as Candy Run Royalty.

How to Complete:

  1.  Join the challenge! You can register as standard or you can also upgrade your registration and you’ll get the Candy Run Challenge official t-shirt, the super cool commemorative medal to brag to your friends and show off your challenge accomplishment. (There are 3 different shirts to represent 3 different game piece participants.  Candy King, Candy Princess, and Gingerbreadman)
  2. Your goal is to take on the challenge completing the various distances along your path to the Candy Castle. (Challenge Instructions Provided)
  3. Challenge your friends, family, even co-workers to compete against! Remember to share your adventure by tagging @virtualrunchallenge and #CandyRunChallenge
  4. Nobody to challenge you?  Join Official Candy Run Challenge Facebook Group or Strava Group and connect with others around the world.

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Fun Virtual 5k Candy Land Race



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Whether you choose our Standard Participant or Premium Participant which includes the Official Candy Run Challenge Character Shirt you’ll have a great time challenging your friends to become Candy Royalty by completing the game-ending Half Marathon 13.1 mile distance.

Take on the Miles!

Take turns navigating your way through the Candy Run Challenge Board earning your 5k, 10k, 15, and game-winning half marathon milestones.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Candy Run 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon Challenge work?

The Candy Run Challenge is a worldwide “sweet” run, walk, steps challenge that participants can compete together or accomplish on their own.  The challenge is made up of completing short distances on your way to achieving larger milestones of 5k, 10k, 15, and ultimately completing a half marathon distance as the final challenge.  The built-in game spinner on your Finisher Medal will dictate your journey with every spin.  Run or walk your way through the distances adding the distance candy pieces to your main medal.

If I Register for the Premium Participant when will I receive my gear?

All Premium Participants that register for the event will receive their swag at the mid to the end of May.  However, things happen and there may be unforeseen delays in delivery.

Is there a designated event hashtag for the Candy Run Challenge?

There most definitely is! Use the #CandyRunChallenge hashtag on your social media posts. Feel free to also tag us @virtualrunchallenge .  We want to see some sweet candy costumes or just your proud moments as you take on this challenge.

Do I still need to log my distances?

Fitness apps like Apple Health and wearables like Fitbit, Garmin, and Suunto watches are also a great way to track your daily mileage. We’d like to see everyone report their milestone distance times as you complete them throughout the challenge as well as the half marathon finish to show how you’ve progressed.  This can be done via our Results Page.  Don’t forget to share with us through social media what you are doing to stay active!

Is there an official Facebook Page or Group for the event?

Yes, we actually have an official Facebook Group as well as our general Strava Club you can join.  Both, are great ways to connect with other participants as well as find motivation and support.

What if I have further questions about the challenge before or during?

If you have more questions you can always email us at Our team will do their best to answer any questions you might have.  Typical response time is 24-48 hours.  You can also reach us via our live chat option on our website.