UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021: Let’s Go Around the World Together

Are you tired of being cooped up inside for the last year? Want to find a way to stay fit while connecting with your GIS friends and community around the globe? Take a break from your desk and stretch your legs. Put your running shoes on or hop on your bicycle (don’t forget your helmet). We’re inviting you to make your own start and finish line no matter where you are, from New Jersey to New Zealand, Barcelona to Bangladesh. Join the Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike event and let’s go around the world together!

What is the Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021?

The Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike is an opportunity for you and your family and friends to join us on our Let’s Go Around the World mission across the globe. Since the Esri UC is virtual again this year, and we can’t do the annual 5K run in San Diego, we are hosting a virtual event for runners, walkers, and bikers of all abilities.

Using the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app you’ll track your mission. The route, time, and any photos you capture along the way will be added to a 3D event map that will showcase our Esri community.

You can run, walk, or bike anytime and as many times as you like during the Esri UC week. Start tracking and submitting routes on July 10 and until July 18. Each mission you submit will help us meet our community challenge and is also a chance for you to get on the leaderboard.


Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021 individual leaderboard displaying stats for fastest and longest runs and bike rides
Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021 individual leaderboard.

We’re trying to go around the world (40,054 km [24,888 miles]) together, and every kilometer counts. Last year over 3,000 of you signed up from over 80 countries and we made it 16,176 km/10,052 miles. Are you ready to double that this year?

Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021 community challenges leaderboard displaying number of kilometers, number of countries, and top contributing countries
Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021 community challenges dashboard.

How does it work?

What’s new in 2021?

New this year, you can use your Apple Watch, there’s more time to participate (the weekends before and after Esri UC are included), and best of all cyclists are now welcome.

Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021 app on Apple Watch
Install the Esri UC Run 2021 on your Apple Watch — you can get it from the App Store on your Apple Watch or from the iPhone that's paired with your Apple Watch.
Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike 2021 cyclist wearing mirrored sunglasses and wearing a yellow jersey riding toward you
In 2021 cyclists are now included in the Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike event.

Get inspired

For the past few weeks folks around the world have been warming up for the main event. Check out this story to see what they’ve been up to. We hope their missions will inspire you to join the fun. Participation is free, and Esri UC registration is not required.

Photo and map showing distance, duration, and route of Ana's run
Warm-up route submitted by Ana, #1212 from Matosinhos, Portuagal.

What’s next?

Sign up to participate on the Esri UC Virtual Run/Walk/Bike website (Fun fact: it was built with ArcGIS Hub).

Then put on your Esri t-shirts and other fun Esri swag to show your spirit. Take a selfie and post a photo on social media using #esri2021run. Read our FAQ if you have any remaining last minute questions.

Now it’s time to get moving! We can’t wait to see all the cool places you’ll run, walk, and bike.

On your mark, get set, go! Let’s go around the world together!

About the author

Maria Jordan is a senior product marketer at Esri specializing in ArcGIS products and apps designed to improve community engagement, communication, collaboration, and data sharing. She has been at Esri for 20+ years in a variety of marketing roles and is focused on creating practical resources that convey best practices and customer successes to help organizations achieve their goals.

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