“Why is there a picture of a running robot on your blog?” you question.
“Because I’m “competing” in a virtual race.” I reply.
“Huh?” you say.
“Virtual.” I respond.
“How does one run a virtual race?” you ask.
“Great question, dear reader. Let me explain.” I begin. (Thanks for that virtual convo.)
Simply put, a virtual race is running a specified distance (timed) without being present in an actual race location. They can be run anywhere. There is no specific start time or starting place. Sometimes there isn’t even a specific date. You pick the route and just run. Then you share your results online with whoever organized the race. It’s a great way to connect with an online community or race with friends that don’t necessary live nearby. Added bonus: you don’t have to be at a coral at 4a.m. and you don’t have to deal with the crazy jam-packed starting line.
I’d been hearing a lot about virtual races when I came across the 1st Annual Running Bloggers Virtual Race. I love that this race isn’t just for the sake of racing – it’s for a great cause. Caroline from Running Bloggers put this race together to help raise money and awareness for the Burma Humanitarian Mission. BHM helps fund medical training and supplies for backpack medics who travel through the jungles of eastern Burma, treating ethnic groups oppressed by the Burmese junta. Check out Caroline’s story and help her reach her fundraising goal!
“So how is this working?” curious you wonders.
It’s simple! Pick a distance you’d like to run, bike or swim and then actually run, bike, or swim that distance anywhere, anytime between now and June 1st. Share pictures and updates from you virtual race on the Running Bloggers Facebook Page or with #runningbloggers and report your race results for the chance to win prizes from some awesome sponsors. It doesn’t matter how fast you go or how snazzy your route is. You can do it on the treadmill if you’d like! Just get out there and run for a great cause. Check out all the details and sign up here. Plus, check out all the other virtual runners on Pinterest.
I’m signed up to race a 5K and a 10K! I’d love for you to join me! If any of you live in the NYC area, we can organize to run together. If not, we can run together in virtual spirit!