Virtual races, virtual runs. Lots of people ask why, what;s the point??? Aren’t organized races about the people, the event, the day?!?! The answer is yes and no.
I love races, I love the people, the excitement, the event, the swag and the medals. I love running with other runners, mostly because I train alone. I love crossing the finish line and feeling that sense of accomplishment.
What I don’t love is the cost, the travel and the amount of time I spend at the race. A simple 5K can turn into a four hour event between the travel, the race itself and the awards. While I love racing, sometimes I just don’t have that kind of time to spend away from my family.
In comes why I love the virtual race! I assure you that is not all about the awesome medals that come as a reward for finishing, although these are awesome, don’t you think.
With virtual runs you are given a time frame of when to run the allotted race (5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon). You run it on your own or with a friend wherever you chose. Sometimes you get an awesome medal for completing the run and sometimes you get prizes. Fees are usually nominal and most go toward some type of charity, like DASA (Disabled Athlete Sports Association), which Jost Running is donating to when you register for their January races.
Another great benefit is the time factor. Depending on how fast you run the time you are away from your family is pretty much limited to your run time and does not take up a whole day.
I also think it’s great that anybody can do them. There is no travel and the associated fees. The money spent on registration is less, it usually goes toward a good cause and you can get an awesome medal!
Did I mention the awesome medals?!?!
Jost Running offers multiple virtual races each month at basically any distance you would want to race-5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon. If you cannot run, you can be creative in how you participate, you can bike, use the elliptical, swim, or any other way you can think of to complete the allotted distance. Submitting results is easy, you just email your results to Results@Jostrunning.com. You just submit your time or simply the word “completed”, if you are not comfortable having your time posted on their results page.
- The Jelly Bean 10K
- The Jelly Bean 5K 2012, 2013
- Virtual Turkey Trot
- Welcome to Summer Virtual Run
- Blogiversary Run
Virtual races rock!!!
Have you ever run a virtual race???