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Virtual Global Finals 2021 was a HUGE success and we loved seeing so many incredible team challenge solutions and out-of-the-box thinking. As we all take a break before a new and exciting season of in-person Destination Imagination, we’re planning to keep the creative streams flowing!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Destination Imagination Run the World Virtual 5K! That’s right, we’re back ~*movin’ and groovin’*~ to celebrate creativity and innovation in support of Destination Imagination (DI) and we want YOU (and all of your creative friends and family) to be a part of the fun.

So, grab those headphones, lace up those sparkly shoes, and put on your most creative outfit – we’re going virtual...again!

Here’s how it works. The DI Run the World Virtual 5K begins on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 and ends on the last day of summer, September 29th, 2021. Since this race is virtual, there is no specific starting point, so you can start anywhere you want (a treadmill, a park, etc.). Just queue up your watch or favorite running app, hit “start” and you’re off! You can complete the 5K any way you’d like. Like we said, the course will be one that YOU create - just as long as the route you’ve chosen is safe! 

Since this IS a DI event, we are asking you to go ALL OUT and show the world just how creative you are. Create a silly hat out of found objects, decorate your race attire or wear a homemade costume - like a duct tape tutu or a dragon costume made from used soda can tabs. Go crazy - as long as it showcases your personal creativity and has a high probability of turning heads as you go by, we’re HERE for it! 


Steps to Run 

1. Register for the DI Virtual 5K - only $8 to register!
2. (Optional, but highly encouraged) Grab yourself some race swag 
3. (Optional, but highly encouraged) Consider making an additional donation to support DI’s mission! If you DONATE at $50 or more, you’ll get your $8 registration fee waived.
4. (Optional, but highly encouraged) Consider starting a fundraising team to raise money for DI. Invite your friends and family to register and join your team to participate and help raise money for our important cause. Create or join your own fundraising teams to will a FREE DI Team Number when your team cumulatively raises $1,000 or more! It’s a win-win-win!*
5. Get your hot glue gun and everything that you own so you can create the greatest paper-mache version of a smoke monster rising out of the peak of a volcano (or something else just as dramatic and fabulous) to wear while you run or walk.
6. (Optional). Train for the 3.1 mile 5K. Make sure you train in a safe environment. 
7. Download your Custom Race Bib on Runsignup, print it, and wear it proudly on the day you decide to race. 
8. From September 1st through September 29th, put it all together and conquer that 5K, you Box n’ Baller! Find your route, download a free running app, flip on that killer Run the World 5K playlist and get going! Again, keep it classy, keep it safe and keep it creative!
9. Once you’re done, download, print and hang your Race Completion Certificate in a prominent place in your home for everyone to marvel at your accomplishment. 
10. Share with the world how rad your run was, tag us @boxandball on Instagram and @DestinationImagination, Inc. on Facebook with #DIruntheworld and let everyone know how much fun you had while running for a good cause! 

PS - We will share some of our favorite race outfits on our social media!



Pick up Limited Edition Race Swag

Destination Imagination Run The World 5K T-shirt  - $29.99 - Get the limited edition DI Run the World Virtual 5K T-shirt Gildan softstyle tee is a staple every wardrobe should have. Show your DI pride and spirit in what is sure to become an everyday favorite!! - available in a variety of sizes and in Dark Heather color - 65% polyester, 35% cotton

Destination Imagination Run The World 5K Tote Bag - $39.99 - There’s nothing trendier than being eco-conscious! Get the limited edition DI Run the World Virtual 5K organic cotton twill tote bag so you can carry your snacks or DI Instant Challenge materials for an on-the-go challenge! This roomy bag fits groceries, books, and so much more.                                                                                                                                         

Destination Imagination Run The World 5K Water Bottle - $49.99 - Say hello to our limited edition DI Run the World Virtual 5K Stainless Steel Water Bottle made from high-grade stainless steel. Its double-wall construction makes it perfect for storing both hot and cold liquids. What’s better than taking that first sip of a coffee in the morning, or having a swig of icy-cold water after your 5K? Enjoying your drinks from an easy-to-carry, beautifully designed, reusable bottle!

All proceeds from the sale of these items will go to support Destination Imagination and will help build resilient kids and communities all over the world through critical DI educational programming.

PLEASE NOTE: If you need to have your items shipped to an international address outside of the United States, there will be an additional shipping fee of $30. ALL RACE SWAG WILL BE SHIPPED ON OCTOBER 6th, 2021



Donate and get Rewarded

The DI Virtual 5K It isn’t just about completing a 5K your way, it is about giving back to a good cause and when you do, you’ll get rewarded with some amazing swag. Consider upgrading your registration to a donation. 

Make a donation of at least $25 - get rewarded!

When you register as a race participant and make a donation of at least $25, your race registration fee of $8 will be waived.                                                       

With your support, Destination Imagination will be able to build resilient kids and communities all over the world. We encourage you to donate more, if you are able.



Refer Friends and Family, Get Rewarded!

Completing a 5K is fun, but doing it with friends and family is even better. When you refer your friends and family and get 3 of them to register using your referral code, you will automatically be refunded your $8 registration fee. JUST make sure they use the custom URL referral code you receive in your race confirmation email. 



Fundraise with Your Team to Get Even MORE Rewards

In this race, we are emphasizing teamwork with the addition of fundraising teams! When you sign up, you and your DI friends and family can create your very own “fundraising team.” What does this mean? It means that when you register, you can join a team with people you know collaboratively raise money in support of DI! But don’t think it is all for nothing. Teams who raise at least $1000 dollars receive a FREE team number, so grab some pals, and get ready to support. 



5K Race Categories

For this 5K race, all self-reported results will fall into the following broad categories:

1- Boys and Girls 9 years of age or younger (as of day the participant runs the 5K)

2- Boys and Girls 10-17 years of age (as of day the participant runs the 5K)

3- Men and Women 18 years of age or older (as of day the participant runs the 5K)

Race results can be added by by selecting the RESULTS option on the upper right side of the race cover page. 



5K Race Category Winners Social Shoutout

All category winners will receive a shout-out on DI’s social media.

Need Creative Race Supplies?

If you’re prepping for DI’s Run the World Virtual Race – anything from sequins to balsa wood for the fam or silly string for the whole gang – check out AmazonSmile for all your materials need. Be sure to choose Destination Imagination, Inc. at check-out to continue supporting Destination Imagination!

AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices, and services as Amazon, but with an added bonus to your charity of choice. Buying through AmazonSmile guarantees that 0.5% of your eligible purchase total is automatically donated to your charity of choice.

Add Destination Imagination as your charity of choice to start giving when you shop today! Click here!





Event Details 

Q- What is the Destination Imagination Run the World Virtual 5K?

A- The Destination Imagination Run the World Virtual 5K is an event. To participate, you register through RunSignup and then complete a 5K (3.1 miles) on a course of your choosing. 

Q- Where do I complete the 5K?

The event is “virtual” because it will not happen in-person.  It will happen wherever you can make it happen safely for yourself and perhaps your friends and family. This could be in your neighborhood, in your driveway, or even on a treadmill.

Q- When is the event? 

A- The event begins Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. EST and continuing through the last day of summer, which is Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Since the event is virtual,  you can participate whenever it is most convenient for you.

Q- Can I participate if I live outside of the United States?

A- Yes, you can register for the race if you live internationally. Please be aware that if you purchase event swag, there is an additional international shipping charge of $30 per item.

Q- Since this event is a fundraiser, how will the funds raised from the Destination Imagination Run the World Virtual 5K be used? 

A- Destination Imagination relies on donations from supporters like you in order to fulfill its mission to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and help them develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. When you give to Destination Imagination, you ensure that more participants have better access to DI’s unique educational experiences that can inspire them to achieve anything they can imagine in life. As we continue to manage the effects of the ongoing global pandemic, students need this type of collaborative educational experience now more than ever and DI is committed to providing resources to keep kids learning and growing. For some of DI’s free resources, check out our library HERE. We thank you for your support and donation.

Q- How can I learn more about Destination Imagination? 

A- Check out our website HERE.

Q- Are you looking for future sponsors for the event?

A- Yes! If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a fundraising event like this, please email us at advancement@dihq.org.



Q- When does registration for the event open and close? 

A- Online registration opens on Monday, August 9, 2021 and closes Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Q- Do I need an account to login or register for the event? 

A- Yes, an account is necessary and if you don’t have one with RunSignup, one will be created as you move through the event registration process.

Q- I created an account for last year’s 5K event, will my information still be there?

A- Yes! All your information will be saved - making registering a snap.

Q- What is included with my registration, and how much does it cost? 

A- The cost of registering to run the event and submit times and photos for awards is just $8 plus a $2 processing fee. 

Q- After I registered, I didn’t get the confirmation email. What should I do? 

A- First, check your email spam/junk folder. If you still have not received the confirmation email, contact advancement@dihq.org

Q- If I don’t end up completing the 5K, can I get a refund?

A- There will be no refunds if you decide not to participate in the DI Run the World Virtual 5K after you’ve registered through RunSignup.


Additional Swag For Purchase

Q- What kind of “swag” is available for this event?

A- You can purchase race swag as you move through the registration process. We have 3 different types of race swag - a T-shirt for $29.99, a tote bag for $39.99 and a water bottle for $49.99 - shipping is included in the price.

Q- What are the sizing and make details for the T-shirt?

A-  The Dark Heather colored shirt is 65% polyester, 35% cotton

Adult Unisex: Small // Medium //  Large //  XL //  XXL // XXXL

Q- What are the sizing and make details for the tote bag?

A- 100% certified organic cotton 3/1 twill // Fabric weight: 8 oz/yd² (272 g/m²) // Dimensions: 16″ × 14 ½″ × 5″ (40.6 cm × 35.6 cm × 12.7 cm) // Weight limit: 30 lbs (13.6 kg) // 1″ (2.5 cm) wide dual straps, 24.5″ (62.2 cm) length // Open main compartment

Q- What size and make details of the water bottle?

A- High-grade stainless steel // 17 oz (500 ml) // Dimensions: 10.5″ × 2.85″ (27 × 7 cm) // Insulated and suitable for hot and cold liquids // Hand-wash only

Q- After I purchase my chosen swag, when should I expect to receive the swag?

A- Items are expected to ship on October 6th, 2021.


Making Additional Donations to DI

Q- If I upgrade my registration to a donation, I can get certain swag for free?

A- Yes! Consider upgrading your registration to a donation and you’ll get rewarded! Below are the different donation tiers and their associated value when you upgrade. 

$25 donation - When you register as a race participant and make a donation of at least $25, your race registration fee of will be waived ($8 value)*                                                                                                  
$200 donation - If you make a donation of $200-$499, we will waive your registration fee AND AND you will receive a special social media shoutout on Facebook and Instagram for your generosity. Social media shoutouts will happen within 2 weeks of race completion on September 22nd, 2021. You may not be notified of the social media shoutout, so follow @boxandball on Instagram and https://www.facebook.com/DestinationImagination/ for your shout out.

$500 donation -  If you make a donation of $500+, we will waive your registration fee, you’ll get the social media shoutout AND you’ll get a personalized thank you video from DIHQ leadership.


5K Event Awards

Q- Are there awards?

A- While there won’t be any physical awards for the fastest racers, the fastest runners in each category will receive a mention on DI’s blog and social media. The race categories will be: fastest adult man and adult woman runners; fastest boy and girl runners 9 years of age and under; fastest boy and girl runners ages 10-17, and the top three most creative race attire. 

Q- When will awards and top racers be announced?

A- Top racers will be announced within 2 weeks of race completion on DI’s blog and social media. Follow us on social media (@boxandball) and https://www.facebook.com/DestinationImagination/ for the big announcement! 


Fundraising Teams

Q- How do I create my own fundraising team?

A- Navigate to the Race Page.

  1. Click the Donate button, or select Donate > Donate from the left-hand sidebar.
  2. While not required, you are able to select a Fundraiser or Fundraising Team to apply your donation towards to help them reach their goals.
  3. Either select from the given list of Donation Levels, or type in your own amount into the Any Amount box.
  4. Select who your Donation should be on behalf of.
  5. Select if you would like to send a message to the race or fundraiser.
  6. Enter in payment information and confirm your donation.

Q- There is a fundraising team that I want to join, how do I do that?

A- Go to THIS LINK and scroll down to “Create/Join a Fundraising Team”

Q- How do I leave a fundraising team?

A- Go to THIS LINK and scroll down to “Leave a Fundraising Team”

Q- What if my fundraising team doesn’t fundraise any additional funds?

A- That’s ok. As long as you tried and did your best, that is all that matters. You can always try again next year!

Q- I’m planning on starting or joining a fundraising team. Will my team win anything for fundraising a certain amount?

A- Yes, any team that fundraises more than $1,000 cumulatively, will receive 1 FREE team number for the 2021-22 DI season. If your team has already purchased a team number for the season, you can receive a refund.

Q- Will my team win anything for being the top fundraising team?

A- While there is no special award or prize for being the top fundraising team, your team will receive a special social media shout out from Destination Imagination on our Instagram and Facebook pages. 


The 5K and Results

Q- How far is a 5K?

A- A 5K is 3.1 miles.

Q- Do I have to run the 5K?

A- Absolutely not. Run or walk the event at your own pace.

Q- Do I have to use a specific app to track my run/walk?

A- No, you can use any exercise/fitness app with tracking capabilities to track your 3.1 miles.

Q- When do I submit my results?

 A- You can submit your results at any point beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. EST and continuing through Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. on RunSignup. All results must be submitted on our race pages  by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to be considered for an award.

Q- Do I have to submit my results?

A- No, but if you are interested in being considered for an award, you MUST submit results.

Q- How do I submit my results?

A- Once you have completed the 5K, login to your RunSignup account. Click on “My Races” and scroll to Destination Imagination Run the World Virtual 5K. Click the “Results” button on the upper right-hand side to enter your time! If you opted in for text message or emails, you will also receive a link where you can submit your times. 


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact us at advancement@DIHQ.org.     


I freely, willingly and voluntarily agree to participate in the Destination Imagination Virtual 5K event. I understand that my participation in the race might lead to bodily injury or harm, and I will not run unless I am medically able to do so and have properly trained. I acknowledge all such risks are known and understood by me. I assume all risks associated with running in this event, and waive any and all claims which I might have based on my participation. This release includes all injuries and/or damages suffered by me before, during or after the event. I certify as a material condition to my being permitted to enter this race that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained for the completion of this event.

Under no circumstances whatsoever shall Destination Imagination, Inc. be deemed to assume any responsibility for or obligation or duty with respect to my participation in the Destination Imagination Run the World Virtual 5K.  

I also grant to Destination Imagination, Inc. permission to use my image, likeness and/or voice in any photograph and/or video recording. Such usage may include, but is not limited to, television, internet and print advertising and promotion for this or future events. 

This event is subject to all government rules, executive orders, and regulations that are in effect on the date of the event.

All entry fees are non-refundable. We reserve the right to change the details of the event without prior notice. I understand that my entry fee is nonrefundable and bib numbers are non transferable.

By submitting this entry, I acknowledge (or a parent or adult guardian for all children under 18 years of age) having read and agreed to the above release and waiver including the no refund policy.


Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. Activity Starts: - Activity Ends:
    Registration opens :
    Activity type:
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Race Swag
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 8/9/2021 05:00
      Registration closes : 9/29/2021 23:59
      Race fee : $8.00
      Processing fee : $1.46

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