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What is virtual running?

Thursday, 28 June 2018 3:36:00 pm Australia/Sydney

What is a Virtual Run?

A virtual run is a fun run that can be run at any location. You can walk, run, use a treadmill, or participate in another race. Any distance, anywhere, any time; it’s the event for everyone!

Virtual run essentially make use of your current mobile fitness app to monitor your progress! 

Some virtual race work with different non-profit organization and foundations, you can help make a difference from participating in virtual race. Like what? 

For instance, Virtual Run (https://www.imfvirtualrun.com/) raise funds from virtual runs, the funds go towards the ongoing work of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, which assists indigenous communities to promote running, healthy lifestyles to complement existing indigenous community health initiatives.

Other virtual run offer medals for completing the distance you've signed up for. How do you get the medal? Once you complete the race within the period given by the organizers, you have to complete the race and upload your records into their system (website). 


From there, the organizers will match the distance completed and proceed to mail out the themed medals to you. 

Organizers get creative with the theme so almost every other week you see something new for you to join. 


Photo from https://www.virtualrunner.com.au/


How is such a structure good? 

Virtual Racing is motivation for those who are just starting out and like the idea of something for your effort or those who are looking for an extra reward for their training runs between events. Virtual racing can also appeal to those who don't want to be part of a big event, but still want to challenge themselves. 

You can run, walk, hike, even crawl, the race distance wherever you want. You can run/walk indoors on a treadmill, around your neighborhood or hike the trails.  It’s a virtual race, so you complete it when and where you want to.

Is it free?

Well, let's just say there's no free lunch. 
You have to spend a small fee which is going to the organizers as well as for your themed medals that would be sent to you. However, this is typically way way cheaper than the marathons you usually join. 



if you haven't start on it yet and is looking for something to get you started, why not try this? 

           
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Ash

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