Disclaimer: I am not being financially compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
I’ve participated in a handful of virtual races. There are a number of reasons that I like participating in them, some of which include:
- They serve as a source of motivation to get out the door and run or walk
- They are a great way to bring like minded people together from across the country, and sometimes the world, to participate in the same event
- Unlike a traditional race that takes place on a set date, at a set time, and on a set course, virtual races allow for time and location flexibility
- Like you would at a traditional race, you’ll often receive a set of swag for participating, which can include a participant shirt, finisher’s medal and/or a race bib
Personally, I like to use virtual races as training runs as I prepare to run a goal race. They offer me the extra motivation that I need to push myself just a tad harder during a training run, and are a great way to test where I am with my pace and endurance as I prepare for my goal race.
Fellow runner and blogger Kristy has put together a virtual race as part of her college thesis project. (She is using this virtual race as a way to assess the validity of influencer based advertising. You can read more about the project here.) The “Sea to Shining Sea” Virtual Race will take place from September 17th-23rd, and offers participants three race distances to choose from: half marathon, 10k, and 5k. As a part of registering, participants will receive a race bib, a shirt, and a finisher’s medal.
Unlike other virtual races, participants in the “Sea to Shining Sea” Virtual Race will be:
- Helping support the small businesses that are working with Kristy to help with the production of race materials
- Helping support a college student with their research for the thesis
Although I received a free entry into the “Sea to Shining Sea” Virtual Race I have decided (with the approval to do so) to give my race entry to one From Dancing to Running reader. Be sure to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win an entry into this virtual race. Don’t delay, as the giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 31st.
Eager to join the virtual race fun? You can also register now for the race, and use code “FUNRUN15” to save 15% on your race registration. This code is valid from now until August 5th. Don’t delay with registering though, as the registration price will increase from its current price of $28 to $35 after August 1st.
QOTD: What is your motivation for participating in virtual races?