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?