EarthCache Virtual 5K Run


    We are all about helping fellow EarthCachers enjoy the great outdoors.   This year, as part of our 10 year celebrations, we have a special Virtual 5km run in which you can participate as an individual or team.

    What you have to do is run or walk (or bike, roll, swim--any human-powered method is great!) a 5km (3.1 miles) path starting at OR ending at an active EarthCache on any of the days over which the run is being held (Friday 3 October through till Monday 13 October 2014).  

    You time yourself from start to finish and take a photo of yourself holding a race 'bib' sign with the GC code of the EarthCache, and at the end of your run, complete a simple form and upload your photo.

    Everyone who completes the run and uploads a photo will be sent an icon via email that you can display on your caching pages or website.

    And it is FREE to participate.


How to participate
All participants must agree to and follow the Official Run Rules printed below and on the bib.  
By printing off the bib or T shirt or by completing any of the online forms,
you have agreed to follow all the Official Run Rules.

Official Run Rules

    1. You should consult with your medical practitioner before the run to ensure that you are healthy enough to participate. 
    2. Your run must start at or end at an active EarthCache.
    3. Your run must cover at least 5km.
    4. You must keep your own accurate time.
    5. You must run on a safe route and not interfere with private property, roadways or other activities.
    6. You assume all risks associated with this activity and release the EarthCache program, the Geological Society of America , and any associated organization or individuals from any liability.
    7. By entering you agree to receive communications from The Geological Society of America (GSA) which may include electronic newsletters, emails and postal delivery of information about the Society‚Äôs operations, programs and opportunities.  GSA values your privacy and will only use your contact information for the purposes of the Society.  GSA follows best practices to ensure the safety, reliability, and privacy of its electronic and postal communications. You have the right to opt-out of these communications at any time. Please see the GSA website for our full privacy policy.
    Run Dates
  • Friday 3 October - Monday 13 October 2014

  • It is really simple to get involved.   Follow these quick on each of the buttons below.

    Before the Run Dates

    This is optional

    Select a Route
    It has to be 5km (3.1 miles) long and
    either start or finish at an active EarthCache.

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    Make sure you take a photograph of yourself at the EarthCache
    holding the run bib with the GC code of the EarthCache,
    or wear a Run Shirt that has the race bib printed and write the
    GC code onto the shirt.

    Run or walk your route on one of the dates.
    Time yourself!

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    After your Run

    The buttons below will only work during and after the run dates


    If button does not work for your email program -
    please send an email to,
    with the Subject Line "EC Virtual 5K Photo"

    By emailing your photo to us you are giving GSA/EarthCache
    the rights to use the photo in program materials both
    printed and electronically, including on social media.

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    Why not participate in the EarthCache 5K Virtual as part of your celebration of World Space Week!  Without the amazing network of GPS satellites, the game of geocaching would just not exist.  Celebrate the technological wonder and EarthCaching in the same event!