There is a new rage in the race world currently going on and it is in the form of virtual races. These races are designed for people to run a certain distance at home on their own pace. They can run outside or on the treadmill and most races just require a picture of the person doing the run and for them to put their race times online. But are these races worth it? Or should people just save their money for regular races?
Virtual races do cost money even though they can be run in the comfort of one’s home. They are definitely cheaper than regular races as many of them average $25 while normal races can easily be over $100. So why pay the money? Why do a race when the person can just run at home when they want for free? In a time when many people struggle to make some extra cash it does not make sense for someone to pay to run at home.
Another downside to virtual runs is that they do not come with the benefits of a regular race. There are no water stations so runners are on their own for staying hydrated. Also, at the finish line, there is no one there to cheer the runner on. For virtual races, the runner completes their distance on their own. There are no crowds of people that keep the runner’s adrenaline up and no medical team to help the runner if they need it.
A positive for these races is that most of them provide the runners with a commemorative medal along with other goodies oftentimes including a race bib and t-shirts. Also, some virtual races donate part of the race fee to charity. This gives the runners a chance to do some good while getting healthy. It is an extra motivation to do and finish the race in order to help that cause.
An additional positive for doing a virtual race is that the person doing the race does not have to worry about the location of the race. Many people travel from all over to attend a race and that can get expensive. People need to pay for traveling to and from the race location as well as hotels and meals. For virtual runners, their only expense is the race fee. They do not have to travel anywhere or worry about housing or meal costs.
Overall, virtual races are great for people looking to do a race while on a budget. The race gives people the security of running by themselves and not having to worry about other runners watching them. Getting the medal in the end is such a great reward and a wonderful motivator for anyone looking to keep their resolutions of getting healthy.