When submitting your virtual race results you will be asked to submit a verification link so we may verify the information you submitted. Generally, this information is not used but we ask for it in case there is an issue with the time you've submitted and it helps us ensure that those submitting results have completed the virtual race.
There are many way to create a verification link so we'll just cover a few of the most common and easiest to explain ways.
Fitness Tracking Tools
If you are using a tool like Garmin Connect, Training Peak, Polar, etc. to track your training and races (and we highly recommend you do if you are wanting to become a faster and more efficient runner) you can simply select the activity, copy the link, and paste that into the verification section of the form. Depending on your privacy settings within the tool, you may need to ensure that the activity is publicly viewable so we can access the information if necessary. Some tracking tools have a function where you can share your workout/race to your favorite social media site. If you choose, you can share the workout and then just copy and paste the post link into the verification section.
Upload an Image/Screenshot of Your Workout/Race
If you have a fitness tracker, GPS watch, tracking app on your phone, or are running on a treadmill you can simply snap a picture of your watch/treadmill display or take a screenshot of your tracking app and upload the image then share the link. You can upload the image anywhere a shareable link is created including your favorite social media site, your own website, or an image sharing website. You can use any method you like to create a shareable link but we'll cover the simplest method using our favorite free image sharing site Imgur.com.
To upload to Imgur you don't even need to create an account, just follow the simple instructions below. (PLEASE NOTE that Imgur.com is a public photo sharing and browsing site, Houston Race Series LLC cannot be responsible for any content uploaded by other users.)
Step 1. Go to Imgur.com and click "New post" at the top of the page and select "Upload Images", see red box on screenshot below.
Step 2. Upload your image by either dragging and dropping into the box or selecting "Browse"
Step 3. Once your image is uploaded you can simply copy the link and paste into the verification form. See red box for location of link and copy button.
And that's all there is to it. If you'd like you can add a title and description to the image and update the privacy setting or even share with the Imgur community if you'd like but there's no need to go any further if you're just tryin to get a shareable link to include in your virtual race submission form.