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9/10/20 3:16 P

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Cool, I'll check it out!

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9/10/20 12:36 P

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I just found a neat resource for what look to be well-organized virtual runs:

www.active.com/search?location=Every
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ere&radius=infinity&keywordsR>=virtual%20race&category=virtual
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You can register to participate at various levels, e.g., a virtual packet registration is $7, a full packet with lots of bling is $30, and there are a couple of other levels in between.

I'm going to try one out! There's a "Run Oregon" virtual race coming up that I would like to do... however, right now, the air quality here in Northern California is dangerously unhealthy due to the smoke from wildfires (in Oregon, as well!) so I'm rather hesitant. People are warned to limit physical activity.

On the other hand, the "Run Oregon" virtual race is scheduled for September 12 - 19, so I'm going to be an optimist and think that I will have at least some good running days in that time period! I'm signing up!
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I like your thinking Amylfa!

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I'm always in a new age category and, yes, I'm also just about always excited about it!

I have found the upside of virtual races... I had signed up for a virtual race and then totally forgot about it. Bummer! But guess what... now that I remember that I signed up for it, I can still go out and do it! Woohoo! Absentminded runners of the world rejoice!
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Ooh, a new age group, that's exciting Letsgoplay!

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I'm just being patient. Our town's half marathon would have been yesterday. I decided to defer until next year and hope for the real thing- I will be 60 and in a new age category and want to train hard for it. 2021! Here I come!

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6/1/20 11:21 A

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The popular annual 1-mile run that I'd signed up for in late June has gone virtual as well--with options to roll registration into 2021 or just donate the fee to a local school. It's nearby, so I'm going to run the actual course--and I'm hoping to have a friend run with me. They're giving 2020 participants the shirt and finisher's medal, which I assume are already made and so they might as well.

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5/23/20 8:20 P

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Where I live (MoCo MD) is considered a hotspot and we are to "Avoid gatherings of any size" so we still can't run with friends.

Good luck with your virtual races. The one I did last week was supposed to be notorious for its 1200ft elevation gain but obviously, some people have no hills in their 'hood and even if you do, there's no way to exactly duplicate the elevation change of the real course. The RD acknowledged this and said "Send in your time and your elevation gain" and listed them all in the finishing spreadsheet so we could see the elev gains were all over the place.

Check out the results link below and you'll see the 1st and 2nd place finishers had elevation gains almost 1000ft apart! Third place finisher declined to show his elevation gain.

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Lack of a common course means that apps that report your progress in real time are pointless (unless your race is flat). Well, those apps are good if you have a crew supporting you that needs to know where you are. But I'm not convinced those apps will be a boon to virtual races.

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5/23/20 6:37 P

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Pastafarian, my thought is that it may be quite a while before we can attend large running events with hundreds or thousands of people all milling around together. In the meantime, small groups of maybe a dozen people are already able to get together, and getting together with a small group in the great outdoors is pretty low risk (agree to keep some amount of social distance while you're running just to be sure). Maybe not as exhilarating as being in a huge crowd, but more fun than running around the neighborhood all by your lonesome. So please don't give up! We can figure this out.

I'm seeing some virtual races that tout apps that let you track your run in real time and communicate with other participants. I'm going to try some of these out, and will post what I think.




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5/23/20 3:11 P

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Thanks Amylfa, I agree with you about the benefits of Zoom.

What you're describing - run with friends and then go out to a restaurant afterward - is no different than what we used to do. We never called it a virtual race. In that sense, I still don't see how a virtual race with friends would be more exciting than just running with friends in general (which I haven't been able to do since March). As soon as we are permitted to run with other people again, that's all I intend to do to hold me over until real races come back.



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Sorry to hear your experience was unsatisfying, Pastafarian!
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As I'm looking at virtual races, I'm seeing some that are using social media type apps to provide some of the race day camaraderie that you are missing. But, established events that are trying to substitute a virtual race at the last minute probably aren't prepared to mount sophisticated online activities for participants. Also, some folks just aren't as fascinated by phone apps as others!

If you have some local running friends, you might be able to arrange to run your version of the race together. As dining places are opening back up, perhaps you could get together to celebrate your race.

We have an elderly family member in the house, his health is fragile, and we have to maintain physical isolation as strictly as possible for his sake. Family members have started using the zoom app to "get together". We regularly have a zoom "happy hour" which is actually pretty fun. A plus is that we have much more interaction with distant relatives that we would otherwise only occasionally see!

So, I'm looking forward to trying some of the better organized virtual races, and will comment here about what they are like. Some of these virtual races have been going on for years, already! I had not known that!
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5/22/20 11:09 P

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I was offered the "opportunity" to do my 1st virtual race last week when my fav race of the year was canceled (Harpers Ferry HM). As instructed, I ran the 13M in my 'hood and was totally uninspired. I was rather sad.

I don't get it. The virtual race seemed pointless to me. No friends to greet, no one new to meet, no volunteers to thank, no way to cheer others across the finish. Afterward, the RD said we could send in $7 if we wanted a finisher medal mailed to us. A medal to show I had run around my neighborhood? No thanks.

I registered for another HM in September and the RD has already canceled it, instead offering to let us do it as a virtual race. The RD is promising to send us a medal and shirt (cost unknown at this time) and give us a $30 discount for a real race in 2021. Alternatively, we can defer our entry to next year for $10 additional. I'm deferring.

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SaltyChocolate, I think these virtual races could be great fun! Do some of your local friends (peeps, dawgs or whatever you call them) also run? Get them to sign up for a particular virtual race along with you. Heck, do some of your non-local friends (like us on the SP RR team) run? You could challenge ANYbody to join you in a virtual race! You all could pretend that you are running in... oh, Vancouver or Sydney or San Diego... wherever some virtual race is calling home!

If you have local friends in your "safe" group (family group, pod, or however you are designating people with whom you are in regular, close contact) who are runners, you could actually arrange to run your virtual race together in your local area. Could be fun!

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Thanks! I'll have to check out some virtual races My traditional 10k race to kick off the season was cancelled. Ugh. It's a fun little memorial day race that's not more than 5 miles from my home.

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Because a lot of races have been cancelled or rescheduled, recently, I'm finally looking into virtual races. And I'm enthused! Even when local races resume, I do believe these virtual races are here to stay!

There are a lot of good reasons to participate in a virtual running race (there are also virtual trail running events and virtual walking events). Here's a nice article that discusses this:
www.runtothefinish.com/virtual-races
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Some virtual races are free of charge, if you would like to try this sort of thing out before you start shelling out cash. Here's a free virtual race specially for this coronavirus time, called "You're Not Alone" which can be done anytime, anywhere, and you can specify the distance you want to do, from 1K to a half-marathon.
raceroster.com/events/2020/30899/you
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-not-alone-the-social-distancing-virR>tual-race


Other virtual races offer some snazzy bling or swag, which often is optional for a modest extra charge. So if you like getting nifty T-shirts and such, you are still in luck!
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The Virtual Running Club (VRC) is a great website to check for upcoming virtual races that might interest you:
www.virtualrunningclub.com/#races

I'm going to try this out! How about you?
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