HOW TEAMS WORK
A Criss-Cross team can have up to 10 members and completes the West-to-East, North-to-South, or Double route by combining all the miles run and walked by the team members over the 25 weeks. A TEAM captain registers him/herself first and pays for the number of people that will be on the team, and creates a team name password for the team. The individual team members then register themselves, using the team name and password the captain has created to complete their registration. No additional money is collected. The TEAM captain posts the runs and walks on the virtual challenge results platform, but every team member has access to the results so they can see how the team is doing.
Teams that want to complete the DOUBLE (224 miles + 435 miles) need to email Jan Seeley at director@illinoismarathon for special registration instructions.
DO I TRAVEL TO THE TOWNS ON THE ROUTES TO COMPLETE MY DISTANCE?
Nope. You do all your running and walking WHEREVER you live, then you post those outings on the virtual challenge results platform and see your progress along the route (the route is like a board game, and you are a game “piece” that moves along the route as you complete and post all your runs and walk). Miles run or walked on a treadmill are acceptable for the Criss-Cross Virtual Challenge.
Your Criss-Cross Virtual Challenge swag—winter-style beanie hat, face mask, shirt, NUUN hydration packet, and Challenge Coin—will be available for pickup at Body n’ Sole Sports in Savoy (or will be shipped directly to you) starting in mid-January. After mid-January, additional race swag will be available at Body n’ Sole and shipped to new entrants once a month until the end of the challenge.
West-to-East route entrants receive a gender-specific BROOKS short-sleeve Podium tech shirt. Sizes offered are XS (women only), S, M, L, XL, and XXL. (The Podium shirt runs SMALL, so size up.) The men’s shirt is crew neck, and the color is orange; the women’s shirt is also crew neck, and the color is purple. North-to-South route entrants receive a gender-specific BROOKS long-sleeve Podium tech shirt. (The Podium shirt runs SMALL, so size up.) Sizes offered are XS (women only), S, M, L, XL, and XXL. The men’s and women’s shirts are both crew neck, and the color is nightlife (neon yellow). Entrants in “The Double”—completing both the W-E and N-S routes—receive a gender-specific embroidered quarter-zip top. Sizes offered are XS (women only), S, M, L, XL, and XXL. The color of the quarter-zip is black.