Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks for registering for the 13th annual Bike Ride for the Kids! Our 2020 ride will be a little different than in past years. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 2020 Virtual Ride:
Yes! You have the option to use any type of stationary bike that captures mileage. We'd recommend taking a photo of your mileage at the end of each ride so that you can reference it when you log your miles on Strava. If you use a smart bike, like Peloton or NordicTrack, you can even connect it to Strava so that it automatically logs your rides for you (more info here).
Yes! We'd recommend taking a photo of your mileage at the end of each run so that you can reference it when you log your miles on Strava. If you use a smart treadmill (Peloton, NordicTrack, etc), or wearable device (Apple Watch, fitbit, etc) you can even connect directly to Strava so that it automatically logs your miles for you (more info here).
This year we are not including walking in the virtual competition.
Whether you are biking or running, indoor or outdoor, you have a few ways to log your miles. First, you must have an account with Strava. After creating both your BRFTK account and Strava account, connect both accounts by logging into your profile on https://www.bikerideforthekids.org/profile/ and clicking the ORANGE “Connect with Strava” button. Once you're logged into Strava, join both the “BRFTK 2020 Biking” and “BRFTK 2020 Running” clubs. If you use one of the Strava-compatible wearable devices (check here), you can connect it to Strava. Make sure you do this before the competition starts on September 1! Once the competition starts, get going! If you are biking or running outdoors, make sure to plan your route or connect to GPS so you can enter your miles in Strava after the activity. If you are using a stationary bike or treadmill, make sure to take a photo of your mileage after the activity. You can log miles manually by clicking the "+" button on the top-right of your browser or via the Strava app. More info on manual entry here.
As you know, Bike Ride for the Kids is a charity ride supporting FIRST Lego League and STEM education. Donations go towards funding teams of students, along with the LEGO MINDSTORM robot kits they use to compete. We hope you consider asking your friends, family and coworkers to support you in your ride and toward our fundraising goal of $100,000. We recommend posting on your social media pages and sending emails to get donations. We included sample verbiage and graphics below. Make sure to include a link to your personal donation page in your post or email. You can find it by going to https://www.bikerideforthekids.org/profile/ and copying your personalized donation URL.
Our general rule of thumb is a 1:4 run-to-bike ratio, meaning one mile of running at a moderate effort equals four miles of cycling at that same effort level. Cycling 12 miles is the equivalent of running three miles, with both effort levels being the same in a very general sense for cardiovascular fitness. We're also factoring in your dollars donated to your total score. Here's how the math works out:
- 1 mile run = 1 mile run (1 mile run gets you a point)
- 1 mile biked = 1/4 mile run (4 miles biked gets you a point)
- 1 dollar donated = 1/40 mile run (40 dollars donated gets you a point)
Therefore, if you bike 12 miles, run 3 miles, and have $100 donated, your total score is 8.50 points ((12*0.025) + (3*1) + (100*0.025))
For those that have already registered for the original ride, contact Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org.