Over the last few years, it seems that virtual runs are becoming more and more popular. It seems even some of the larger races are offering a virtual option as well. Before this year, I had never completed a virtual race and now in the same month I completed two! The first was as a Zooma Ambassador completing the Run Love Challenge. I did the 10k, but did it as part of my long run, so in a way, I didn’t see this as a “race”. Then in late January I was connected with Level Up Virtual Runs and took part of their February run, The Runner Awakens Run.
For this virtual run, I decided to actually take on the 5k and run just that. I wasn’t going to incorporate it into any other run. I then decided why not make it happen on Leap Day! I knew I would log some miles that day so see it on my RunKeeper. Since Leap Day fell on a Monday, it would typically be a day off, but knowing I had this virtual run to do gave me a little extra boost to get out there. I ended up doing my virtual run in 30:35, which is a bit faster than what I’ve been running as of late. I think the push knowing it was a virtual race actually worked.
This run really got me thinking about virtual runs though especially since this was the first one I actually did as a stand alone run. I think knowing I would get a cool medal out of this run helped push me a little more. In fact, I just got word that my medal is on it’s way! I have to say, Level Up really puts a lot of thought to their designs.
Now, I am somehow who loves to travel and race, but if that isn’t your think or not in your budget, I can see where virtual runs can really be a great thing. They are definitely cheaper. In fact, for the March Level Up, it’s only $20 and you can choose between a 5k/10k/Half Marathon option. Not to bad, right!? This definitely helps build up the bling numbers and still push yourself for a race, all without the sometimes heavy registration fees, the travel and everything else associated with a race. The only downside to virtual races is that they don’t count in numbers for groups like Half Fanatics or 50 State Clubs.
What could definitely be fun though with virtual runs is get a group of friends together or part of your running group together and participate together for the run. It would definitely help simulate more of a race like feel and give you a little push. Plus, let’s just be honest – sometimes it truly is better running with friends! Even if you plan on doing this alone, one of the best parts is that virtual runs really can be done anywhere! At your favorite park, a new park or even on the treadmill. There are no restrictions to this.
Level Up has had their March race information up and just the past couple days they even announced their April race. Both medals are pretty awesome, but I am sure the guys out there would probably take April’s bling over March’s. The March, Run Like a Princess Run, should be done between March 15th – March 31st. Even though we are a week or so into March, there is still time to sign up and complete the run! This one is a little different in that it’s a limited edition race though and only 50 spots are open for the race .
Even though we are still a little ways from April, they have opened up registration for this one. I won’t lie — I think this might be the best of the 3 medals so I will probably be signing up for this one! The Incredible Virtual Run also has a 5k/10k/Half Marathon option for $25. On top of the medal, you also get a $25 gift certificate to use at the SLS3 store. They have a lot of great running belts and just release some new compression socks and sleeves as well.
So, here is the BEST part of this! If you want to take part of the Level Up virtual runs, registration for both March and April are currently open. However, if you want to wait a few days and try your hand at WINNING your own entry, you have that chance! I am giving away an entry into your choice of either March’s or April’s virtual run. You can pick the distance (medal doesn’t change) and you get the bling! Make sure you enter below! Good luck!