as the running community has grown, virtual races have become a popular alternative to a traditional race. we've hosted a few of our own in the past (and another one in the works), so you've probably guessed we're fans. here are 7 reasons why we love virtual races!
1. you choose the route!
A virtual race doesn't have a set course, which means you can race anywhere in the world! It's a great opportunity to try and PR your favorite route, or motivate yourself to fit in a few miles during a vacation.
2. you can run at any time!
Not a morning person? No problem! Virtual races are typically "run" over several days, meaning you can find a time that works for you and your schedule. And if you don't live in a major metropolitan area, you can race without waking up before the crack of dawn to drive to the nearest race.
3. you set the pace!
you can't get swept up in the crowd if there is no crowd. you're less likely to accidentally go out too fast, and won't have to spend the first mile dodging other runners.
4. skip the porta potty lines!
since you choose when and where you run, you don't have to compete with 1000s of other runners for the few porta potties on course!
5. most have a charity partner!
a lot of virtual races donate the proceeds from registration fees to a designated charity, which is a great way to run for a cause you believe it. this august, whole planet foundation's virtual 10k for the planet registration fees will go towards funding microcredit loans in 69 countries to help entrepreneurs lift themselves out of poverty.
6. awesome swag!
are you in it for the bling? virtual races, even 5k's, have great swag!
7. run with friends!
maybe you have a friend intimidated by traditional races, or maybe they think entry fees are too high. it can be easier to convince friends to run a virtual race than a traditional race. and even if they don't register, you can still run together!
hi jean, we have a virtual race for 2018 in the works! you can sign up here to receive email updates: http://bit.ly/2ck38CG.
I love virtual races and these are all great reasons to run one! I love not having to stress about getting to the race with the crowds and that I can choose a good charity to help support. I would love to run a NUUN virtual race, please keep us posted on any upcoming ones!