Since I’ve caught the running bug, I’ve seen more and more virtual races. At first I didn’t pay it any attention but the medal bling caught my eye for Father’s Day Superdad 5K. The race is $27 and you will receive 2 medals and bibs. The extra medal is to give to the favorite dad in your life, which I thought was neat. Plus, at least $5 of every entry will be donated to Soles 4 Souls which is even better.
So what is a virtual race and how does it work? Glad you asked! 🙂 A virtual race is one in which you decide where and how you are going to get in your miles. You can walk, run, indoors/outdoors, with a group or solo, so you decide the place and time. It’s a cool way to keep people motivated to run!
For most, if not all races, a portion of the entry fee will be donated to a charity. You’ll receive a bib, bling and sometimes a swag bag in the mail prior to the date of the race. After the race you will then post your results. Every race is different so make sure you read what is included and how you post your results.
Although I haven’t participated in a virtual race, there is one that has caught my eye and I’m still debating if I am going to register, it’s the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series. The series is made up of 3 races over a period of 7 weeks. Each race has a different medal included with it.
The first race from May 15-June 1, 2016 is the Yellow Shoes race and you’ll receive a beautiful medal of Mickey’s yellow shoe. The second race from June 5-June 18, 2016 and it’s the Red Pants race and the medal is inspired by Mickey’s iconic red pants. The final leg of the series is from June 19-June 30, 2016 and it’s the White Glove 5K. This medal spotlights Mickey Mouse’s legendary white gloves.
runDisney has the option of signing up for each race individually($39) or you can sign up for the series($142) . If you commit to the series you’ll receive an additional series medal plus a Mickey tumbler. They also have different bibs available to download for each race.
One of the complaints that I’ve read from this race is that Disney is not donating a portion of the entry fee to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society but they will be making a donation.
The other complaint is the cost…it is quite a penny to participate in this race considering they aren’t spending the money on the resources you would normally need for a road race but the medals sure are pretty! One of the funniest comments I’ve read about Disney’s first virtual race is the one below…
It’s true though, they are pretty much charging for some neat medals and “us” crazes are willing to purchase them. Being that it’s the first one, I want to be a part of it and who doesn’t love all things Disney?? Oh and another thing that I have to agree with others is that they aren’t mailing the medals out until 30 days after the series if you choose that option. If you pay for each individual race you’ll receive your medal 30 days after each race. That stinks! I’d prefer to have my medal, run and then post of pic with my medal the same day. I’m debating if I sign up for it, if I’ll wait to run the 3 races after I receive my medals in the mail.
The last thing is that Disney is NOT asking for runners to show proof, which makes the comment above even more relevant…here buy some medals! We know there will be people who will just purchase the medals and not run but I’m sure this will motivate more people run. Nevertheless, they aren’t forcing us to participate in the series so no need to complain. I’ll keep you posted on what I decide.