Onward & Upward Virtual Race

3rd Annual Virtual Race Info Coming Early 2022

Please check back for information on the 3rd annual Onward & Upward virtual race.

Part of every registration supports the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation which helps preserve the National Naval Aviation Museum’s rare and unique collection of aircraft and exhibits. The virtual races include a race medal, digital race bib and a charitable donation to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

Race period is October 1 – October 31. The race is open to participants of all ages. Participants can register online for the 1 mile, 5K or 10K distance for a $35 registration fee. Proceeds from the virtual race benefit the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. 


1. Click the button below.
2. Select the 1 Mile, 5K or 10K distance anytime and anywhere you desire.
3. Upload your finish time to the Virtual Strides website.
4. Virtual Strides will mail you a finisher’s medal after you upload your results or at the end of the race period, whichever comes first.
5. Virtual Strides will mail medals to the people who didn’t submit results at the end of each race period, unless they opted to receive them sooner.


How Do Virtual Races Work?

What is a virtual race?

A virtual race allows participants to complete the race anytime and anywhere. You may run or walk the race distance at your own pace. You choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, your neighborhood or a park trail. A virtual race allows people of all ages, speeds and abilities to compete without time restrictions and large crowds at traditional races.

How does a virtual race work?

Simply register for one of our virtual runs, complete the distance anytime and anywhere you desire (even on a treadmill!), and upload your finish time to the Virtual Strides website. Virtual Strides will mail you a finisher’s medal after you upload your results or at the end of the race period, whichever comes first.

Can anyone participate?

Yes! Young or old, fast or slow – we encourage participants of all ages and ability levels.

Can I bike/skate/elliptical/swim/row/ski/etc?

This race is about providing you with motivation to achieve your personal goals, whatever those may be. So yes, you can complete the distance you register for however you choose.

Will there be awards for the virtual event?

As everyone will be on the honor system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual event.

We encourage all participants to use #OnwardUpward and @navalaviationmuseum on social media to share photos, running courses and stories of participation as well as those being honored.

What if I can’t complete my run during the race period?

Life happens. We get it.

At the end of the race period, Virtual Strides will ship medals to everyone who registered but never submitted their results, so if you don’t complete your run by then, you’ll still get your medal. Feel free to submit your results whenever you DO complete your run, so Virtual Strides can add your time to our Event Results and your photo to their Finisher Photos.

I have additional questions. How can I get more information?

If you are having difficulty with the virtual race platform, please contact Virtual Strides. If you have questions regarding the Museum Foundation programs, please contact us directly.



What if I don't run, can I still support?

If you’re not into running, we encourage participants to walk, swim or bike the race. If you’re not into that, no problem! You can still support the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation by registering for the Collector’s Medal.