A True Virtual Race Around the World!

Flats or Spikes is revolutionizing virtual racing. A true race starts at the same time for all participants in the race. Our goal is to race around the world (24,901 miles / 40,075 km) in total participant mileage. A tree will be planted for every entry into the Great Sustainable Race by our charitable partner One Tree Planted!

Flats or Spikes hosted the world's first true virtual race on November 6th, 2021, focusing on the sustainability of running.

The Great Sustainable Race

Sustainability and Running

Running is one of the most sustainable activities that millions of people engage in on a daily basis. Travel to races, however, represents more than 80% of the total energy used including shoes, training, hygiene, and participation in the event itself. The Great Sustainable Race is a true and new virtual race where everyone races together against a single clock.


True Virtual Racing

The Flats or Spikes platform’s Universal Timing System makes virtual racing into a true race where everyone sees the same clock and the race starts at the same time. An entire community of runners can race together in real-time for the first time. Participants can stop their own clock at the end of the race or have an observer do it for them using our platform!

One Tree Planted

We’re thrilled that we are partnering with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every entry to the Great Sustainable Race. Trees clean our air and water, store carbon, create habitats for biodiversity, contribute to our health and wellbeing, and create jobs for social impact. We’re honored to have reforestation through One Tree Planted as an integral part of the Great Sustainable Race!


Who We Are

Flats or Spikes is a data-driven platform built for virtual racing and distance running teams with its own mobile universal timing system. We are also experts in Sustainability, especially Agricultural Sustainability. We are taking our love of running and continual improvement and combining that with our knowledge and experience in digital Sustainability to truly make virtual racing come alive with we all learn along the way.