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This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

Why enter Race The Machine?

Running to beat achievable time targets over a series of distances in 2023 provides motivation and a real sense of satisfaction. The Machine is a great training partner for all abilities. Enter the Red Challenge and you will given achievable time targets to beat for 1500 Metres, 3 Kilometres, 5 Miles, and 10 KilometresYou will receive a quality recycled red buff sent to you in recycled/compostable packaging on entry. 

Enter the Black Challenge and you will be given achievable time targets to beat for 1500 Metres, 3 Kilometres, 5 Miles, 10 Kilometres, 10 Miles, and Half Marathon. You will receive a quality recycled black buff when you complete the challenge, (sent to you in recycled/compostable packaging). 

Race The Machine will also give 10% of profits from 2023 entries to good causes.

Step 1 – Enter A Challenge

Enter the Race The Machine Red or Black Running Challenge and provide an accurate prediction of how long it would take you to complete 5 kilometres at your current level of fitness. You can also choose to buy a quality performance fabric red technical running t-shirt on entry.

Step 2 – Receive

Red Challenge - Receive your target times to beat for 1500 metres (0.93 miles), 3 kilometres (1.86 miles), 5 miles (8.04 kilometres), and 10 kilometres (6.21 miles). Your times to beat are personal to you and calculated from the 5K estimate you provide. You will receive a red Race The Machine buff in the post (new design for 2023) to wear during the challenge. 

Black Challenge - Receive your target times to beat for 1500 metres (0.93 miles), 3 Kilometres (1.86 miles), 5 Miles (8.04 kilometres), 10 Kilometres (6.21 miles), 10 Miles (16.09 kilometres), (and a Half Marathon (21.09 kilometres/13.10 miles). Your times to beat are personal to you and calculated from the 5K estimate you provide. 

Step 3 – Race

Get out and Race The Machine! You can choose where and when you do this as long as you complete all your races in 2023. For example you can Race The Machine on your local streets, at Parkrun, in a race, or even on a treadmill. Just remember to record all your results on a running app (Garmin, Strava etc), or on your watch. You then submit your results to "The Machine."

Step 4 – Submit

After you have finished your races submit your results. Your times will then be added to the Race The Machine results table. Once you complete all six races and submit your evidence you will join the infamous black buff club. 

How hard is the Race The Machine Running Challenge?

The challenge starts with an easy/moderate target time for your first race, and gets slightly more challenging at each distance, building to a more challenging finale. However, all target times are achievable and personal to you, (based on the 5K estimate you provide at entry). It is therefore important that you provide an accurate starting 5K time.

Is Race The Machine a Virtual Race?

Race The Machine is not a virtual race, or is it? It is definitely different from the usual virtual running race. Race The Machine is about attempting to beat achievable running time targets for your ability level.

*Red buffs will be sent out from January onwards. Black buffs will be sent out once you complete the Black Challenge in 2023 and upload your evidence. By entering you are agreeing that Race The Machine will not be held responsible for any injury or loss.

It would be great to have you with us in 2023!

If you would prefer a more presonal challenge with your times to beat calibrating throughout the series based on your results enter Race The Machine via the website: 


For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Race The Machine - Black Running Challenge 2023
01 Nov 2023 23:59£20.00
Race The Machine - Red Running Challenge 2023
01 Nov 2023 23:59£18.00

Dates and Status

Date: 01 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023

Closing Date: 01 Nov 2023 23:59

Places Available/Total: ??/1000

Status: Closed


Michael Loudon