New technologies and a more digitalized world open up great opportunities for runners and event organizers to participate and host virtual runs around the world.
Virtual running events are an accessible option to athletes without the need of travelling. Not only will it save you the time you would spend booking flights and hotels but it will also save you money. At the same time you don’t have to dispense on the challenge aspect nor the feeling of unity. You will run your own race but together with runners around the world.
The variety of virtual running races is incredibly huge. The distances go from 5km to full marathon and can be often fulfilled within a certain time period. Race kits range from fully digital to well-known physical ones including t-shirts and medals sent after the race.
Virtual runs provide easier transitions into racing for newbies by building confidence to perform in a new challenge with no time-limit pressure. But also for experienced runners virtual races provide a certain degree of convenience and flexibility while competing with others in the leaderboard. Many event organizers combine the digital challenge with a charity program whereof a certain amount or the full entry is donated to a good cause.