Virtual Race?

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The term “virtual race” is strange to me.  I don’t understand it, never tried, and not sure if I will.  Certainly, virtual races have picked up steam with the Coronavirus lockdown.  It is a way for people who want to compete, and frankly, if you ask me, for the race sponsors to make money (no criticism here).

For example, the Boston Athletic Association will host its 125th Boston Marathon on 11 October 2021.  It will be an in-person race, and only 20,000 qualified runners will be able to compete.  But, the BAA is also hosting a virtual Boston Marathon the weekend before (Oct 8-10) with 70,000 entries, collecting $75 to $125 fees each.

The virtual Boston Marathon is open to all with no qualifying nor finishing time requirements. So if one ever want to claim a Boston Marathon medal, this is the race to sign up. And by the way, the $125 entries have been sold out already.

Personally, a virtual marathon would not motivate me to train.  Let alone for 20 weeks.  But for others, it’s possible that a virtual race provides just the right incentive to exercise, get in shape, or set personal record.

What are your thoughts about the virtual race?  Would you run one?

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3 Responses to Virtual Race?

  1. earthskyair says:

    Glad to hear it’s not just me. It’s great that some people can do this, but, personally, I do not get why anyone wants to do a virtual race. The real thing is very motivating for the shared experience itself, the camaraderie, the heightened energy from the running community. 🌷

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  2. OmniRunner says:

    I’m still not thrilled about virtual races, but I still do them.
    It’s beginning to dawn on me how convenient they are: no traveling and no line for the porta potty!
    But it is hard to run any harder than a training run when someone isn’t right on your heals or within your sights!
    After my 2nd shot I will think about in person races. More races are going in-person now.

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    • terryshen says:

      Yes Andy, I noticed in-person races are coming back. Many are offering virtual race along just like the Boston marathon. I suppose that’s good for business and for people who’re not ready for in-person yet.


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