What is a Virtual Race and How Does it Work?
Virtual Races are a great way to stay active and also help support a good cause at the same time. They offer a tremendous amount of flexibility for the participants and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are even more popular because they allow for the appropriate social distancing.
What is a virtual race?
A virtual race does not have a specific location or starting time. Instead, you run in your own neighborhood or on a treadmill any time within a specified span of time, often within a week. You register online for an event, choose the distance, and pay your fee. When you have completed your run, you upload your finish time so that you are still recognized for your accomplishment. Most of the time, the results you upload are based on the honor system, but some events have apps that have GPS tracking that will report your time and distance for you. If your event includes swag, such as a T-shirt, wristband, medal, or race bib, it will be mailed to you.
How can I make a difference?
Most virtual races benefit a charity, so you can support the causes that are near and dear to your heart. If the race information doesn’t specify it, you should ask how much of the registration proceeds the charity receives. During this pandemic, donations to most charitable organizations are down because they have had to cancel most of their fundraising events. So, there’s never been a better time to go for a run and help a great cause. Read on for even more reasons to participate.
Run the virtual race on your own watch! There's no need for you to go anywhere, all you have to do is step outside your front door. It's also a huge benefit to run a route that you are familiar with, which means no surprises during your timed run. Just remember to keep your distance and stay 6 feet away from others at all times.
Keep up Motivation
These are difficult times for everyone. You may be feeling especially stir crazy being inside all the time. Try and get outside as much as possible for some exercise. Signing up for a virtual race will give you the motivation you need to stick with a running routine.
It's essential right now to stay in touch with friends and family. It can be easy to become an anti-social hermit. Challenge a friend or family member to a virtual race. It will help you feel connected to others and remind you that you are not alone during this difficult time.
Make a Difference
As mentioned earlier, charities and non-profits are hurting right now and could really use your help! A lot of charities and non-profits like putting on virtual races because they don't have to spend money on incidentals like permits, port-a-potties, or post-race snacks. The more money that goes directly to the charity, the better! You can feel accomplished not only for getting in your exercise, but also contributing to helping someone in need.
Where can I find a virtual race?
You can start by searching for a virtual race on itsyourrace.com. Our registration and results platform lists events all over the country, and a number of races have gone virtual to meet the needs of runners.
So get outside, run a virtual race, and help charities and non-profits continue on their mission. You will not only feel better about your physical health, but also the impact you're making in the lives of others.