You really want to join fun runs and earn a medal but can't? Here are 13 reasons why doing a Virtual Run gives you the control in your fitness goal:
1.YOU GET TO RUN ON YOUR CHOSEN DAY
Yes, life happens, there’s kids, work, social obligation, monthly period, and all other realities that might stop you from going to that fixed date traditional run.
2.YOU RUN AT YOUR MOST COMFORTABLE TIME
What if you are not a morning person? Waking up early dreads you and you are at your energetic best at night or in the afternoon.
3.YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR TRAIL OR ROAD
You live far from those typical run venues. You commute and going to the venue would be too expensive and inconvenient.
4.NO STRESSFUL WAITING FOR RACE KITS
You do not have the luxury of taking a leave or undertime just to get your race kit, in a far away mall.
5.YOU CAN RUN SOLO
You do not like big crowds and sweaty people in one small running pit. You dread the selfie takers who stop in the middle of the path just to take photos. You do not like waiting for latecomers.
6.YOU CAN RUN WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Not fond of going to the mall with your family? Running with them gives you more quality time.
7.NO WORRIES ON CUT–OFF TIME
Oh no! You are not riding that bus of shame!
8.AT EQUIVALENT OF US$10 (WHICH INCLUDES THE SHIPPING FEE), THIS IS EASIER ON THE BUDGET
And if you add the cost of gas, toll fee, parking fee, or Uber/Grab fare and other expenses getting race kits and going to the venue, this won't make much dent on your monthly budget.
9.NO PORTALET PROBLEMS
No need to elaborate on these. I can’t even find the words.
10.IT’S A GOOD WAY TO DONATE TO CHARITY
You know you are being a part of a community that gives to the legit ones in need.
11.NO PARKING PROBLEMS
You still remember the stress that you had during your last traditional race. You found a parking spot almost 1 kilometer away from the race tent.
12.VIRTUAL RUN MEDALS ARE GENERALLY HIP AND CUTE (WE TAKE EXTRA ATTENTION IN PROVIDING YOU WITH THE BEST ARTWORK AND CRAFTSMANSHIP IN THE INDUSTRY)
Your medal hanger needs an upgrade.
13.IT CANNOT BE CANCELLED DUE TO RAINS
Nothing dreadful like a cancelled race that you paid for. You don’t want to run wet, either. A treadmill run always saves the day. And there is always another day.
So why choose to run a Virtual Run? Because it’s your body, your schedule. You have the power. Always.
The question is not why are you joining a virtual run, but WHY ARE YOU NOT JOINING YET?
So, without the elements of a traditional race, what’s the appeal? Well, for one thing, if you are new to running, it is a great way to stay motivated and build your confidence. Having a target, no matter how small, can be the difference between lacing up your trainers, or a night in watching TV in your pyjamas. Virtual races are especially good for people who live in remote areas, work unsociable hours, or have children or other commitments that mean they are unable to predict their windows for running, but who still want the thrill of cold, hard metal in their hands at the end of it.
People like virtual runs because they allow you to be more flexible with when you do your race, it keeps you working toward a goal, and they are less expensive than normal races because there isn’t the overhead cost of putting a race on. If you successfully complete a virtual run, you typically get a race medal and sometimes there are even prizes. There are no age limits and anyone can participate.
Ok, so maybe you already knew all about them, but last night over the past few days I fell down the rabbit hole of virtual races, and I still can’t believe how many are out there. Basically, a virtual race is one that you can run anywhere at any time. Typically you sign up, pay some money, commit to covering a set distance by a certain date, and the company mails you a prize (like a bib, shirt, medal, or some combination of those things). Many, but not all, virtual races have a charity component, too.
A typical first reaction when hearing about virtual races is, “that’s stupid.” And that’s not entirely wrong. Without a set time, course, or race “experience,” why would you pay money to sign up for one of these? But then again, why would you line up and wait (and wait and wait) in a huge pack of people to run a certain path at a certain time, even if it’s raining and you had to get up at 6 am and you’re sick? And beyond that, isn’t any pastime ultimately stupid? Golf, baseball, stamp collecting – why do any of these things? Because they’re fun (to you…)!
Ultimately, virtual races are about fun and motivation – if paying money to commit to running a certain distance and getting a medal to celebrate that run gets you out there, then that’s great! Virtual races are also a way to participate in a “race” without pressure or intimidation. If virtual racing is a way to get more people interested in running, I’m all for it.
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