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FAQ

What is RunBet? 
RunBet is a game to run consistently. It’s a running club, a virtual race, and a training program all in one. At the start of each game, players commit to a specific running program while betting real money on themselves. If they complete all the requirements, they’re a winner and get back their money back and most likely a profit (funded by the players who didn’t finish the game).

How do I win? 
Each game has its own goals which you commit to when you sign up. Hit all the goals for the game, as verified by RunBet’s referees, and you’ll split the pot evenly with the other winners.

How much do I have to bet? 
The bet amount varies from game to game.

Where and when will I be running? 
Anywhere you want! RunBet supports both indoor and outdoor runs. You can run at your gym, in the hills behind your house, or down Interstate 405 … it’s up to you (just be careful!). You can play RunBet from anywhere in the world and can take the game with you if you travel. You can run at any time of day, though you have to start and finish a run on the same calendar day (local time).

Can I walk? 
RunBet is a running game and players normally need to meet a minimum running pace of 20 minutes per mile (12.5 minutes per kilometer) in order for their runs to qualify. Note that this is an average pace so you can mix running and walking and still qualify. Certain RunBet games are designed for beginners and/or slower runners and explicitly relax this minimum pace requirement. We chose 20 minutes per mile based on guidelines from the US CDC.

Do I get extra credit for running beyond the minimum required distance? 
Nope. You’re welcome to go further if you like, but it won’t benefit your standing in the game. Our goal with RunBet is to set minimums, not maximums, and to foster consistent exercise habits.

How do you prevent cheating? 
We have no tolerance for cheating. RunBet automatically verifies outdoor runs by connecting to GPS-based running trackers. For indoor runs, players submit proof of their runs via photos that RunBet’s Referees evaluate (one of sweaty you, one of the treadmill). We actively monitor multiple data points and use anti-cheating algorithms to flag suspicious behavior. Players may be required to provide our Referees with additional data pulled from their phone or tracking device and/or may be asked to make and submit videos of themselves running on a treadmill. Non-compliance with such requests may lead to you being disqualified. Anyone found cheating will be ejected from the game without a refund and may additionally face criminal charges.

Do I need a running watch or wristband to my track outdoor runs? 
No. You don’t need a wearable device to play RunBet. All you need (for tracking runs outside) is a phone with GPS and a free running app called Runkeeper, available for iOS and Android. (In the future we’ll support other running apps.) Once Runkeeper is connected to RunBet, we “see” your runs and can automatically credit you. You just need to set up Runkeeper and make sure it’s tracking your runs.

Note that if you run indoors on treadmills, you don’t need Runkeeper – in that case, you can send photos of your treadmill along with sweaty selfies to our Referees to get credit for your runs.

What if I use a running watch? Can I use that to get credit for my runs? 
Yes! You can use a wearable device so long as it can connect to your Runkeeper account (which you can get for free). Refer to Runkeeper for supported wearables at here. Note that we can only credit runs that are officially supported and reported through Runkeeper so be sure your wearable device is supported and that all your runs appear in Runkeeper.

What if my Runkeeper doesn’t capture my mileage one day? 
Technology sometimes breaks. Batteries die, devices malfunction, technology fails, snooze buttons get mysteriously pressed. To be fair to the other players, it is entirely your responsibility to make sure your phones and devices are working and that you record your runs such that we can see them via Runkeeper (for outdoor runs). If for some reason Runkeeper doesn’t successfully record a run, we can’t credit it towards your game. It sucks when this happens but you may need to repeat a run from time to time. We suggest checking RunBet after using Runkeeper to confirm that your run has synced correctly. Similarly for indoor runs we can’t be responsible for treamill malfunctions. It’s a good idea to give yourself some slack in the game, particularly towards the end, to allow for technology glitches.

Why are the rules in my RunBet game different from the rules in the last one I played? 
As part of our R&D process, we’re continually testing variations of game rules and formats. You may see changes and variations across games, including the number and distances of required runs, how long games last, and whether your goals stay the same or increase during the course of the game. Have an idea for an improvement? We’d love to hear it! Please write to our support team with your suggestions.

What is RunBet’s cut of the pot? 
WayBetter normally retains 25% of the gross pot to pay Referees, transaction processing fees, game hosts, and to cover administrative and hosting costs. For a limited promotional period during the introduction of RunBet, our fee will be reduced to 10% (any updates to this will appear here).

What happens if everybody wins my RunBet? 
As in StepBet and DietBet, RunBet has a No Lose Guarantee so you’ll never lose money if you win your game. We will forfeit our house cut and absorb all the transaction and hosting costs as necessary to ensure that winners will always get at least 100% of their money back.

Is RunBet gambling? 
RunBet is not gambling because it is skill-based with no element of chance. Whether or not you win is entirely under your control.

Rules

Game Duration 
RunBet games vary in length depending on the individual game’s rules. During the course of the game, players must complete all of their required runs according to the run schedule.

Runs 
All players in a game are given the same running schedule. Run schedules vary depending on the individual game’s rules, but the following apply to all RunBet games:

  • Only one qualifying run will be counted per day.
  • Runs must be completed in the order of the running schedule.
  • Running beyond the minimum distance is allowed, but will not reduce or replace future runs.
  • Runs must be started and completed in the same calendar day, and will be officially counted when RunBet verifies the run.
  • Maximum pace of 20 minutes per mile is required for each run, unless a specific game’s rules state otherwise.
  • All runs must be tracked in one continuous session from start to finish.

Rule Variations 
To optimize RunBet for health and fun and to experiment with new formats, RunBet may make adjustments to the rules in individual games. You will be able to see any rule variations before you join a game.

Run Verification 
All runs must be verified by RunBet. Outdoor runs must be tracked using Runkeeper, a free run-tracking app. Indoor runs must be on a treadmill and be validated by RunBet’s Referees as outlined below. Players may combine outdoor and indoor runs during the game (though not within a single run). Other verification methods are not allowed (other running apps, photos of your watch, app screenshots, etc.).

To run outside, players must first have (or create) a Runkeeper account and give RunBet permission to access run data from Runkeeper. The distance and duration of runs must be tracked directly by a phone or wearable tracker and may not be altered or entered manually.

For treadmill verification, players must submit two photos to RunBet’s Referees via the RunBet app:

  1. A photo of the treadmill’s readout with a clear display of distance and duration.
  2. A “sweaty selfie” that clearly shows the player’s face.

Photos must be submitted on the same day as the run. Submissions that do not comply with both requirements above will not be counted. Note that RunBet reviews photo timestamps and other metadata associated with photos.

If a player’s phone or wearable activity tracker fails to track distance or duration for any reason, that run will not be counted. RunBet cannot reverse disqualifications arising from uncharged, broken, unsynced, or lost devices.

As part of our anti-cheating policing and general auditing measures, some players may be required to submit additional data from their phone or wearable device, including screenshots and background data. In certain circumstances, players may also be asked to capture or record additional information, such as videos of their indoor runs. In these cases, players will be contacted by RunBet’s Referees with specific instructions. Compliance with such requests is mandatory. Non-compliance may result in ejection without a refund.

Simultaneous Games 
Players may play in one RunBet game at a time. Disqualified players are eligible to join another game immediately following their disqualification.

Winning 
Any player who completes all the requirements for their game, as verified by RunBet, is a winner. If a player is disqualified, he or she can continue to play along and enjoy the interactive features of the game but will not be eligible to share in the pot at the end.

Payouts 
Winnings are deposited in players’ accounts via PayPal. Players may request a PayPal payout of unused winnings at any time. Payouts become available within 48 hours of being requested. Players cannot have winnings credited back to a credit card. In rare cases where a player requires a paper check, RunBet charges a $5 fee to cover the cost of writing and mailing the check within the United States regardless of the payout amount.

Bet Payment 
Bets must be paid up front. The bet amount for each game is set by RunBet, and players can pay via PayPal or credit card.

Refunds 
Players may receive a no-questions-asked refund until the game starts, or within 3 days of purchase, whichever is later.

Disputes 
All decisions by RunBet Referees shall be considered final.

Age Requirement 
Players must be at least 18 to participate in RunBet.

Prohibited Actions 
Players caught engaging in prohibited actions shall be ejected from RunBet at the sole discretion of the RunBet Referees. Ejected players shall not be entitled to any refunds. The following actions are prohibited:

  • Engaging in activities that falsely increase, decrease, or otherwise manipulate the mileage recorded.
  • Manually adding mileage within the player’s activity tracker.
  • Tampering with the measurement reported by the player’s activity tracker.
  • Other activities determined to be unsportsmanlike by RunBet Referees.

Unsportsmanlike Activities 
RunBet aims to create a supportive, fun environment that helps players become more active. Like any community, a few bad RunBet apples can ruin the experience for everyone. To this end, WayBetter implores our players to adhere to the following guidelines of good sportsmanship, and to help enforce these standards among others, in order to bring out the best in everyone involved:

  • No playing in bad faith (playing repeatedly in a manner of “hustling”).
  • No manipulating the game, including colluding, betting on a RunBet that the player is not competing in, betting on someone other than yourself, betting on someone to lose, or otherwise interfering with the fair and natural course of the competition.
  • No harassment of players.
  • No embarrassment of players.
  • No disclosing confidential information.
  • No posting photos without the permission of the subject or the photographer.
  • No gaming the system by creating multiple accounts.
  • No business, product, or self-promotion posts in the game.

Health Notification 
People get injured from running all the time. Players should participate in a RunBet game only if their health permits it. Players should consult a qualified healthcare provider before participating particularly if they have known health issues that could be impacted by the activities required in this game. By playing, the player agrees to and acknowledges that WayBetter and its affiliates and partners, including technology partners and game hosts and coaches, shall not be responsible for any injuries or deaths that may arise from participation in this game.

WayBetter Terms of Use and Privacy Rules 
The RunBet game rules are subject to and part of WayBetter’s Terms of Use and its Privacy Rules. Individuals, by their use of WayBetter’s websites and apps, agree to be bound by WayBetter’s Terms of Use including its Privacy Rules.