Huh? Is this some kind of video game for runners?
Virtual races are becoming wildly popular because they offer the flexibility to run where and when it is convenient for you. And, of course, there’s always a medal – a big plus for those runners who like to show off the fruits of their labors.
Here’s how it works:
Choose a race and sign up online. There’s usually a fee of around $20-$35, a portion of which is usually donated to a designated charity. Complete your run within the allotted time frame (typically one week, but, sometimes, you have up to a full month). While you’re running, track your time/distance with either a smartphone app or a GPS watch, then submit your results to the race organizers to receive your bling: a medal, T-shirt, or other gift.
That’s it! Easy as pumpkin pie.
Personally, I think this is an awesome way to work towards a goal, benefit a worthy cause, and have fun all at the same time. But this type of race might not be for everyone. To help you decide, I’ve put together a list of pros and cons:
If you’re interested in a virtual event, check out these links to see if there’s one coming up that interests you: