UltraVirus 12 Hour Race



ultra-virus 12 hour

The results page for this event is here.

The next race is May 30. Register here.


The race clock will be set using time.gov.

Your bib number can be found here. You do not have to wear it, but it will be used in prize drawings.



How many 5 mile loops can you get in 12 hours?


  • Log Into Race HQ on Zoom Link Pit Party  on April 18th, 2020 – The race clock will be set using time.gov.
  • Laptop or Phone or Other Devices needs to face your “Pit Area”.

Lap Format and Awards

  • Run 5 miles any way you can, outdoors. Log in your time and photo proof on race website – See below for what constitutes 1 completed lap.
  • Each “Completed Lap” will be reset for the start of each 5 mile lap. Participants must submit only 5 mile segments, and must reset their GPS upon the start of a new lap.  Runners only credited for 5 miles or 1 lap, even if a 10 or 15  mile segment uploaded.
  • Race to begin at 8AM (EST) and end 8PM (EST) on Saturday, April 18th 2020.
  • Between “Laps” athlete can receive aid or rest as long as they’d like:
  • Tracking:
    • Each athlete is responsible to upload lap times and photo proof of EACH lap completed, after each lap. Not all at once in the middle or end of race.
    • Photo needs to be of either watch face OR Strava, Runkeeper, or other tracking app.
    • See notes below for how runners are credited for each lap.

Winner is determined by most laps completed in 12 Hour Period.

Final lap must be completed and entered by 8:00pm EST.

  • Only full 5 mile loops are counted. There are no partial loops.
  • If multiple persons complete most total loops by 8:00pm, fastest overall time wins.
  • A lap uploaded short of 5 miles (even 4.99) will not count.

Leaderboard will be live with chat options for all participants and spectators!

Matt B. Davis and others providing commentary with special guests commentating throughout

UltraVirus 12 Hour



1st prize  “Winner Take All” Cash Award determined by total number of signups.

  • 100 participants – Top M/F   $125 each
    125 participants – Top M/F   $175 each
    150 participants – Top M/F   $300 each
    175 participants – Top M/F   $350 each
    200 participants – Top M/F   $450 each
    225 participants – Top M/F    $500 each
    250 participants – Top M/F   $625 each
    275 participants – Top M/F     $675 each
  • 300 participants – Top M/F.    $725 each   
  • 325 participants – Top M/F.     $785 each
  • 350 participants Top M/F        $845 each
  • 375 participants Top M/F.        $905 each
  • 400 participants  Top M/F       $965 each
  • 425 participants Top M/F.       $1009 each

2nd prize  2nd place male and female – 1 pair of VJ Shoes – any style.

3rd prize    3rd place male and female – 1 Camelbak Zephyr Vest

4th prize.    4th place male and female – 1 Kitbrix

Most Vert Prize – TX Agravic Fast Pack

Random Prizes – We will have a random prize generator on throughout the race. You can win gear and other prices based on bib numbers just by completing at least 5 miles.

 Additional Notes:

  • Official RaceTime is from this website time.gov.
  • You may run 5 mile loops, a 2.5 mile out and back, or even laps around your house. Laps may be the same route or multiple routes. As long as you run outside and you check in every 5 miles from your “pit area” with the data and the photo to prove the 5 mile “Laps”.
  • NO TREADMILLS (A future race may have treadmill option)
  • We will not accept anything uploaded less than 5 mile laps as a complete lap.
  • Any additional mileage will NOT count towards the next lap. (So a 5.25 loop, does not mean next lap is 4.75)
  • We will not accept a 10 mile lap and include it as 2 laps, etc. Each lap your GPS is reset back to zero.
  • You ARE allowed to have a “mobile” pit and check in from different places. Meaning you can run continuous as long as you check into zoom every 5 miles and upload your data, get acknowledged by host every 5 miles.                                              (The UltraVirus is NOT responsible if you run to an area with no signal. So saying “Signal didn’t work, so heres 2 – five mile segments I ran” – UltraVirus race will only count 1 of those segments. So you MUST check in every 5 to the ZOOM Pit no matter what)
  • A crew member may assist runners in uploading photos and race times. Please don’t tell us that this is unfair as you don’t have a spouse/friend/pet to do it for you. It’s just like a real looped race. Some do it alone, some pack an RV full of people to help.
  • You do NOT have to stay logged in to zoom 100 percent of the time. You can log back in each lap in your “zoom pit” to show you are back, upload your miles, be acknowledged by the host, and go back out.
  • You do NOT have to run the entire 12 hours. You can start, and stop as many times as you wish. Take naps, mow the lawn, whatever. Just log your first lap after the race begins, and the finish line closes at 8:00pm EST.
  • There is no “non running” for ANY portion of this race. This means 100 percent of ALL travel is on foot. For example: You can not run down a mountain, then drive back up to the start each lap . We are not rocket surgeons, but we are wise to your ways. So if it’s obvious you found a straight downhill course to go up and down like this, it won’t be counted either. The purpose of this event is to get everyone running/competing together but apart. Not, who can find the loophole. Final say belongs to us.
  • No refunds.


Here is how runners will be credited for each lap.


Step 1

  • Log into Zoom Pit Party.
  • Run 5 miles as per instructions above.
  • Return to Zoom Pit Party.
  • Announce to host your arrival in this manner – “Your Name, coming in from UltraVirus Lap #1”
  • Wait for verbal acknowledgement from the host.  (If host is acknowledging other runners, raise hand in zoom and wait to be acknowledged).  To raise your hand on iPhone – touch screen, click more, then raise hand. On laptop – tap participants, then raise hand.
  • Take whatever time you need before leaving out for another lap.
  • When leaving to begin next lap, announce your departure – “Your Name, Going Out For UltraVirus Lap #2”
  • Wait for acknowledgement from host. (If host is acknowledging other runners, raise hand in zoom and wait to be acknowledged).

Step 2

  • Log into the “Lap Results” (links below).
  • Enter race time in HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS.
  • A lap time of 55 minutes and 10 seconds will be recorded as 00:55:10. A lap time of 1 hour and 12 minutes and 14 seconds will be recorded as 01:12:14
  • Upload photo of watch face of lap time and distance for each lap to UltraVirusRace@gmail.com. In the subject line write your full name and what lap number it is for you. Ex – “John Smith Lap 2”.
  • If you upload data from an app rather than actual watch face, be sure to include “Elapsed Time” and not just “Run Time” as in this photo below. The first number is 50:31 but is not actual elapsed time, which is 55:28.
  • Be sure to close out (X out) of the Lap Results every time (Not just close laptop). Google will LOCK out other racers when it reaches capacity. So please do this.
  • If google sheet crashes/doesn’t allow you to upload. Send time and screenshot to the gmail account. We will do our best to upload it for you before the next lap. However, we are NOT responsible for your times, you are. So please go back to google and enter the times if you get back and see the last lap has not been entered onto the sheet yet.


These steps can be done in either order. This means you can log in your photos and data first or be acknowledged by host first. What’s important is that both steps happen.

Other questions we have been getting:

  • Do I need to run the entire 12 hours to be considered a finisher?

No. You run as many laps as you want, at your own pace. Stop at any time. Take a shower. Keep on going. Or don’t.

  • Can I be paced? Run this with a friend?

First of all, social distancing and all that, so be mindful of gathering with anyone.

In terms of anyone running with you as a pacer, just have them register as another runner. This way it’s another “competitor” running with you. Which keeps this all in the spirit of a true race.

Your friend can choose to log the same amount of miles as you or they can quit anytime. They can also run the first 5 and the last 5, or anything in between.

Whatever the case is, you are both logging separate lap times and photos. We know running with a buddy can make the miles go by faster and can an awesome thing to do. You CAN share a screen/log in with zoom. But again, you are uploading times individually with your own watch/device.

  • Do I have to keep my ZOOM logged in and on my computer on the entire time?

No, you can certainly log on and off or just leave it running in your “pit” if set up near a plug.

However each pit stop, you need to upload your 5 mile loop time and distance plus the photo. Also, quickly wave to the camera to show you are back and about to go back out. You can then shut it down and go back out running.

  • What if the Lap Results Sheet freezes or locks out.

You will still email your result photo as per the above instruction to UltraVirusRace@gmail.com.   However, you are still responsible for getting those lap times in the lap entry spreadsheet as soon as possible. If RD’s have time, we can attempt to do it for you, but if you return from the next lap and your times still aren’t there. Please enter the previous lap time and the new lap time in the appropriate cell. You WONT need to upload the previous lap photo again though, you only need to send that once.

This is not A Boston Marathon Qualifer nor a Western States Golden Ticket Qualifier


Race Links 

Zoom Pit Party – https://bit.ly/UltraVirusZoom

Link for women to enter lap results 


Link for men to enter lap results – https://bit.ly/UVEntryMen

Leaderboard with tabs – https://bit.ly/UV12HourLeaderboard

All your friends that want to watch the coverage – https://www.facebook.com/ObstacleMedia/live/

A final note on results and prizes: Please allow 24 hours for us to verify data. After data is verified, please allow 7-10 days for receipt of prize. Prize money will be sent by Venmo. All other prizes will be mailed.

Our race team has people place in case of controversy or disputed results. We will do our best to resolve anything that comes up as quickly as possible.

Coronavirus: How I Learned to Cope and Why I Love the OCR Community


Everything is shut down. All your favorite places. All your favorite races. All of it, shut down. We all hoped it would be a hiccup to the race season and that maybe we only miss a month’s worth of races, and only one major Spartan Race USNS series race. But we’re past that now. We can’t control it anymore. The United States is officially leading the world in confirmed cases and growing exponentially every day. All types of race series are postponing or cancelling events and we are even seeing events in June being affected by this pandemic. Just last week, the famed ultra-running race ‘Western States’ cancelled their race slated to be held at the tail end of June. The Olympics just postponed to 2021. This doesn’t bode well for the OCR scene. Where once we hoped that at most the Seattle leg of the Spartan Race USNS race would be out of play we may now see either a highly shortened pro race series, if it continues at all. Spartan Race has also postponed races in the month of May and may very well be announcing more postponements in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, on the home front, the majority of us are sheltered in place left with a lot of issues to deal with. This global pandemic is taking a toll on every aspect of our lives: Financial, emotional, mental and physical. Frankly, it’s overwhelming. I’ve found myself on the brinks of many a breakdown. Even though it may be tough to see, I think through all the gloom I think there are many silver linings and, for the most part, it can all be boiled down to a single concept: Community.

All throughout the OCR, endurance, and fitness worlds we see that one of the biggest driving forces that makes these things special to us is the community, which makes this “Hey, stay away from each other!” thing so hard on a lot of us.

The amazing thing about people is that they are adaptable and even we are presented with this global obstacle we have found multiple ways to continue being as normal as we can be during this time. In just about every Facebook group you look you’re bound to stumble upon a Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Teams and every other video conferencing app meeting set up by community members to keep in touch with those they would normally see at races across the country. I’ve taken part in a lot of virtual meetups over the past few weeks and I see them function almost as group therapy sessions. We get together at certain times to see friendly faces, talk about how we are dealing (or talk about anything else besides cornonavirus because it can all be very overwhelming) and we even sometimes workout with each other. These virtual meetups have helped me cope with being sheltered in place and I know that many of us in our daily chat see it the same way.

The OCR Discord group functions in the same way, minus the video interaction. (Shout out to the DISCORD!) We’ll have discussions throughout the day on all sorts of topics including training, nutrition and whether or not Carole Baskin fed her second husband to the tigers. It’s keeping that community lively that drives us away from stir craziness.

Even Spartan Race has seen that keeping the community together while we have to keep apart is important and the even have their own Zoom meeting that runs 24 hours a day where anyone is welcome to join, chat and partake in regularly run workouts throughout the day and night. Sometimes though, it isn’t just about talking with each other; It’s also about training and competing any way we can, to keep things as normal as we can. Spartan Race has launched the ‘Be Unbreakable’ fitness series where weekly challenges will be posted so we can keep some sort of friendly competition going. Savage Race has their own at home workout series called ‘Savage Anywhere’, where you complete workout challenges to earn the medal and shirt you would have earned come race day. Bonefrog is also running their own virtual challenge with similar prizes as Savage Anywhere. It’s not just OCR that sees the importance of community.

Looking at the Crossfit world you see many gyms starting WhatsApp groups, Zoom at Home workouts, and even many gyms lending out their own gym equipment to keep their community happy and able to continue exercising.

I want to end this with this: It’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel when right now it’s a faint light in the distance, and we can’t tell if were getting closer or farther away. But you need to focus on that light because when we come out of this the other side… It’s going to be pretty f**kin’ awesome. I think when all is said and done, it will be like Christmas day every day for a long time. Just think about it… Right now, we can’t enjoy all the luxuries we’ve become so accustomed to in our daily lives. We don’t have our OCRs, our gyms, and in even some cases out trails! Besides your health and safety (which thanks to the million emails over the past month we know is number 1), most people just go through life taking it all for granted. And now? It’s all been snatched from us. We can’t compete. We can’t interact in person. We can’t go to our favorite places, gyms, etc. We can’t go about life in a normal way.

But when it’s all over, you’ll have it all back. You’ll have your gym, your real-life hangouts, your friends (even the irritating ones), your vacations and race-cations all back! And everything is going feel like the first time you did it all. And my hope is people don’t take it for granted when it comes back around. For OCR, my hope is every race is filled to capacity (Not only for the community’s sake, but financially so we continue to see the sport grow). Every wave is filled with people actually EXCITED at the prospect of doing burpees, even though I hope you’re taking this extended off season to work your grip strength, in the cold and wet conditions. My hope is that the excitement level is through the roof at every race in the shortened season. My hope is that people come back to the start line stronger both physically and mentally. My hope is that we continue to build our community as we have done in this pandemic to strengthen one another.

I see that happening now all over the internet, and I hope it continues when I see you at the start line.

Spartan Race Temporarily Furloughs Employees

Spartan Race Covid Update

The impact of COVID-19 has implications on the fitness industry many of us had not previously imagined. Your local gym may has closed, or is going to be mandated to do so. All obstacle racing companies have postponed or cancelled events for March and April of this year. While most in the community hope things “go back to normal” by May/June, there are no guarantees. Last night, we received word from Spartan Race that the company is going to furlough a large portion of their staff, while they wait on word from government and health officials to determine when it is safe to hold large gatherings again.

Here is what they sent to employees:

Dear Colleagues,

First, we hope that everyone is staying safe. Our thoughts and compassion go out to everyone who has, or is caring for loved ones affected by, COVID-19. We recognize the toll that the novel coronavirus is taking on our global community (medical, social, emotional and economic), and we thank you for your continued efforts to support your Spartan colleagues and our customers. Every one of you has been critical to our success over the past 10 years, and you are crucial to our future growth.

As you know, Spartan is an event-driven business and we’re facing unprecedented challenges, much like all other sporting, events, hospitality, travel and a number of other companies across the world right now. While facing the business impacts of such a rapidly-spreading global pandemic, and in order to ensure the strength of the Spartan brand and community, we have to make temporary changes and remain nimble in our operational decisions in the days ahead. We are making numerous adjustments, and have made the difficult decision to place some employees on short-term furlough, in accordance with the need to suspend race operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. All furloughed employees will receive a stipend and will continue to receive healthcare benefits, and we are exploring ways that we can provide additional resources to employees upon their return to work.

In keeping with the spirit of community and solidarity at Spartan, all employees in the company are impacted, and we are temporarily reducing the salary of all other non-furloughed employees as we continue to work through the business challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. If any financial assistance is provided by the federal government or state governments to Spartan, we will do our utmost to ensure employees are reimbursed to 100% of their salaries.

The Spartan Leadership Team will continue to follow federal, state and local government guidelines and will make adjustments to our events and business practices as needed in the coming weeks, keeping you in the know. Please know we do not make any of these decisions lightly, and all decisions will be in an effort to protect the longevity of the business and keep the OCR industry going strong.

We cannot stress enough how important you all are to our future success, and together, we know our strength, resilience and grit as Spartans will bring us back stronger than ever.

Thank you for all of your hard work, and stay safe,

The Spartan Leadership Team

Update – 9:07am – Spartan Race owner Joe Desena spoke on this live video to further discuss the situation. He is hopeful that people can get back to work in May and begin to hire people back for events to be held in June. This discussion begins around minute 23 of the video.

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Spartan Race Corona Virus Cancel/Postponed Update

March 13 – Complete Updated List Here.

Spartan Race just announced the San Luis Obispo event, set to take place this weekend will be postponed to a later date. There were 3 OCR distances planned as the Super, Beast, and UltraBeast were to take place.

In addition, the San Luis Obispo Spartan Trail races of 10k and 13.1 miles will also be postponed.

Update March 12, 2020 – San Luis Obispo Spartan weekend is now moved to November 14-15.

Spartan Race postponed the San Luis Obispo races at the recommendation of the County Health Officer. (We have included the local health Officer’s statement below)

We have also included the full release from Spartan which includes this statement about additional races:

“At this time, all other US events will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise noted”.

We are keeping track of all major obstacle race cancellations and postponements on this post, which we consistently update.

Here is the official statement from Spartan Race regarding this location and COVID – 19


As we actively monitor the developments of COVID-19 and comply with local governments, we regret to inform you that after consulting with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, they have determined that it is necessary to postpone this weekend’s events scheduled to take place at Santa Margarita Ranch. We will inform you of the new date by Friday.

We are automatically moving all racers to the new date, once confirmed; no further action will be required. If you are unable to attend the new date, you will have 60 days (until May 13th, 2020) to defer your event free of charge. You will be able to defer to any other distance event in the US in 2020 or 2021 that is open for registration. Should you need to defer your event, we will provide information in the next email communication.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Spartans via Live Chat (look for the red help button at the bottom of any Spartan.com page!), or directly via email at: us@spartan.com.

Spartan continues to closely monitor developments pertaining to COVID-19 and operate in accordance with local government policies and/or requests. At this time, all other US events will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise noted.

Spartan Cancelled at Recommendation of County Health Officer .

Health Officer evaluating events on case by case basis; No mass cancellations at this time

San Luis Obispo, CA—County of San Luis Obispo Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein has advised the Spartan organization to postpone the Spartan obstacle course and trail running events scheduled for March 13-15 in Santa Margarita. As a result, event organizers have postponed the event to a date to be announced later this week.

Nearly 7,000 participants from 11 countries had registered for the event, including participants from U.S. cities with local transmission of COVID-19 and several countries currently subject to CDC travel advisories. The decision comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in California.

“It is important to cancel this event to protect the health of the participants and, ultimately, the health of our entire community,” said Dr. Borenstein. “This is an event that by its nature includes close physical contact. With attendees planning to participate from across California and across the world, we need to take a proactive approach to prevent the spread of illness.”

The Public Health Department is closely monitoring events scheduled in SLO County and Dr. Borenstein is providing guidance on a case by case basis.

For organizers of events in SLO County: The Public Health Department recommends that event organizers create an emergency contingency plan for how to modify, cancel, or postpone large events if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in the community. Event organizers should refer to the Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health.

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Court Approves Sale Of Tough Mudder To Spartan Race – TM Virginia To Be First 2020 Event.

Tough Mudder Back in Business

Yesterday afternoon, Judge Sontchi of the The Bankruptcy Court of Delaware, approved the sale of Tough Mudder to Spartan Race. As we had reported on Feb 12, The Trustee appointed in this case, had filed a motion encouraging the sale go through based on Spartan’s offer to purchase the company, get employees back to work, and events up and running as soon as possible.

In the two week interim, there were some objections which the Trustee was able to resolve prior to the 1:00pm EST hearing yesterday. One objection was from Navy Federal, who re-signed a sponsorship deal with Tough Mudder prior to the bankruptcy, and wanted to be sure they had an equitable deal for the new partnership moving forward. Another was from Raceway Park, the legendary venue in Englishtown, New Jersey, that has held several Tough Mudder events including the first 3 World’s Toughest Mudders. Raceway Park’s previous arrangement was exclusive with Tough Mudder, and now the venue wanted to be open to holding Spartan events as well.

The Trustee’s recommendation was read to the judge by the Trustee’s council. He read in part, “It is anticipated that Mr. McLaughlin will be named CEO of the buyer and continue to manage the Tough Mudder brand business. Also in the days leading up to this sale, Spartan hired many of Tough Mudder’s former employees and intends to engage several additional key employees of Tough Mudder in order to successfully put on at least six of the previous schedule 2020 Tough Mudder events. He went on to say that “If the sale is approved these employees will become employees of the buyer and have the expertise to perform the obligations under the assumed contracts. These talented employees are familiar with the assumed contracts and assumed events and their know-how provides adequate Assurance of future performance.”

All was well received by the judge who prior to the ruling joked  “Not that you would know it looking at me, but I’ve done a couple marathons”. He went on to say that “I’ve enjoyed watching The Spartan Races on television and that he was “particular impressed with Spartan reaching out to differently abled people”

His ruling stated “The overwhelming uncontroverted record supports the process, supports the noticing, supports the price, supports the assumption of the contracts, and supports the adequate assurance and good faith and appropriateness with regard to approving the sale to the Spartan entities”

He went on to state “I do consider the sale of the business…a resuscitation of this business, to become a growing concern, as a reorganization that preserves jobs, preserves an interesting product, that provides a lot of satisfaction to it’s participants. I am very happy indeed to sign The Order and I have approved it.”

Toughest Mudder Chicago

Entered into the record as you read above was a promise of at least 6 events. As of this morning, Tough Mudder updated their US website to include the following 8 Tough Mudder event weekends. At post time, tickets are yet not on sale, but we have been told tickets could be turned on as early as the end of the week. Here are the current weekends listed on the website.

Virginia May 30-31
Twin Cities July 11-12
Chicago Aug 22-23 (including Toughest 12 hour Chicago)
Tristate Sept 12-13
Seattle Sept 19-20
Dallas Oct 31, Nov 1
WTM Nov 7 and 8
So Cal Nov 14-15

Kyle McLaughlin has been reinstated as CEO and said  “We’re very excited that the court approved the terms of the deal spartan had in play with the Trustee. With that behind us, we’re going to get everyone back to work to restore Mudder Nation and come back stronger and better than ever.”

Joe Desena is currently at the UK Mudder offices and told ORM “Was surreal being in the offices today- love the team- it’s going to be great.”

For questions about Tough Mudder UK schedule, click here.

For questions about refunds for cancelled events, click here.

Stay up to date with all of the Tough Mudder news, and how we got to this point here.

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