I’m going to go on record and say that I love virtual races. I love the fact that I don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to drive to a race and that the race is essentially local.
- Convenience – You don’t have to wake up super early or drive far. You can literally run a virtual race around your neighborhood, on a treadmill at the gym, in a local park, etc. You pick the time, location and date that is most convenient for you.
- Training – You can treat a virtual race as a good training run. I always treat my virtual race as an actual race. I give my best effort and set a goal time for myself before starting the race.
- Run for Charity – Races for Awareness and Will Run For Bling are two virtual race companies that allow participants to select races to run for charity. The companies donate a portion of the race entry free to various non-profits. Last year I ran the Hunger Awareness Virtual Race through Races for Awareness.
- Cost – Typically virtual races are cheaper than “traditional” races (usually $40 or less).
- Distance Flexibility – Some races allow you to pick the distance – 5K, 10K, 13.1 or 26.2. This enable you to pick the distance that you either like the most or that fits within your training plan the best.
- Socialize – After running your virtual race, you should post about it on social media. It’s a great way to “meet” other runners and read about the virtual race experience from other runners. I personally love sharing my virtual runs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Bling – Let’s face it – bling is nice 🙂 Most virtual races offer a medal and it’s always nice to add a kick-ass medal to your collection.