About the Wartburg Virtual Run-Walk Challenge

As part of our new programming from the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, Wartburg’s VIrtual Run-Walk Challenge is meant to help the Wartburg community stay connected while also staying active! And we’ve designed our challenges to also benefit something meaningful at the college… your entry fee actually helps students and the campus in concrete ways. Win-win! 

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. At the end, every registered participant will receive a custom-made medal and finisher’s certificate/bib! Click below to see our current and past challenges. 

Kick off the winter season by Walking (or running, biking, or a host of other activities) in a Wartburg Wonderland and provide dollars for the Department of Social Work’s annual Holiday Shoppe. Knights across the world are challenged to complete 200 miles between Nov. 18, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021 – that’s roughly 2 miles each day. All ages and abilities are welcome. At the end, every participant will receive a medal and finisher’s bib/certificate. Sign up individually or complete the challenge as a family/group. 

Holiday Shoppe
Holiday Shoppe, a Wartburg College Department of Social Work tradition since 1988, joins students and faculty from Wartburg with the Waverly-Shell Rock United Way, local faith organizations and area businesses to help families provide gifts for their kids during the Christmas season. This year Holiday Shoppe will serve an estimated 650 children from 250 families in Bremer County and the city of Shell Rock.

Walking in a Wartburg Wonderland medal for virtual run-walk

Dates: Nov. 18 to Feb. 28

Distance: 200 miles

Entry fee: $30, of which $15 goes to the Holiday Shoppe. Invite your family and friends to join you in staying active and supporting a good cause!

Race your way to Homecoming & Family Weekend with Sir Victor’s Shuffle and provide for a student scholarship! This challenge is for 185.2 miles to be completed between July 19 and Oct. 18 — that’s about two miles each day of walking, running, or another comparable activity (see the FAQ section below). All ages and abilities are welcome. At the end, every participant will receive a medal and finisher’s certificate/bib! 

Orange Opportunity Diversity Scholarship
All proceeds from this race go directly to the Orange Opportunity Diversity Scholarship, an annual scholarship that supports students of diversity in need of financial aid. Cost for the race is $30. The medals, shipping, and other facilitation total $10 per registrant, and the remaining $20 will be put directly into the Orange Opportunity Diversity Scholarship.

Sir Victor's 185.2 Shuffle

Dates: July 19 to Oct. 18

Distance: 185.2 miles (Wartburg was founded in 1852… get it?)

Entry fee: $30, of which $20 goes to the Orange Opportunity Diversity Scholarship Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am not a runner. Can I walk?
    Absolutely! We love our walkers. You can also use this mile conversion chart to convert other activities you love into running/walking miles (biking, sports, yoga, hiking, gardening and much more).
  • How do I submit my miles?
    We work on the honor system, so submitting your times is not required. Before the challenge starts, you will receive an email confirmation with a mile tracker and a link to our private Wartburg College Virtual Run/Walk Challenge group on Facebook. In the group, you will be able to post all your fun photos and daily race results. Our group will work together to hold you accountable and encourage you on the journey. You can be as involved online as you would like.
  • When will I get my medal and bib?
    The Alumni/Parent Relations Office will mail medals out the week before the race ends, so their arrival time might vary depending how far you are from the ‘Burg.
  • I am not in the United States. Can I participate?
    Yes! Please note that medals outside of the U.S. can take longer for delivery and international participants will be charged a shipping fee.
  • Can I donate more to the cause? Yes! You can add a separate donation on the race registration form to the cause/fund the race is supporting, or you can choose to forego your medal/bib in order to direct more of the fee to the cause/fund. Simply choose that option on the registration form. Thank you for your extra support of Wartburg!
  • Questions not answered here?
    Contact us via email at or phone us at 319-352-8491.

Gear up with The Wartburg Store
When you register for the challenge, you’ll get an email with a 30% off coupon in a curated collection of gear at The Wartburg Store.  The store also has you covered if you need to update your activewear, get a new water bottle or add some Wartburg flair to your look! 

Wartburg Store run collection