I’ve not one to typically take part of virtual races. My usual stance is that if I am paying out money for a race, I want it to be for a new state or some other big race. I’ve done two other virtual races before. One of which was a comped entry. The only other time was when I signed up for the A Christmas Story 10k in Cleveland one year but couldn’t make it. Luckily they actually had a virtual race option. I contacted them and explained I couldn’t make it so for another $10 they sent me my medal. For that, I was grateful that it was even an option. I didn’t mind spending an extra few bucks to get my shirt and medal when I had already spent the money on the registration.
Otherwise, if I was given the chance to spend money on a virtual race, I tend to shy away. But then I saw a race held by the Virtual Running Club that featured Denali! Now, it’s not a hidden fact that I absolutely love Alaska. Around this time two years ago, Lauren, Mike and myself were exploring everything we could about Alaska. During that time, I absolutely fell in love with everything about that state. In one of our last adventures in Alaska, Lauren and I went to Denali National Park. We were lucky enough to be one of the 30% of the people who actually got to see Denali itself.
This year is the centennial celebration of Denali National Park so if I was going to do a random virtual race, this was certainly going to be the one. About 50% of the proceeds from registration went to the charity of my choice. The options for this race was either National Park Foundation & the Denali Education Center. I ended up choosing the National Park Foundation. Since this was my first race with VRC, I am not sure if this is how all of their races go, but when I went to register I had several options with my shirt and medal choice. They had standard t-shirts and tanks and performance shirts as an option. I opted for the women’s performance shirt (medium size) and it was perfect. I also opted for the medal. I wasn’t planning on doing this without some bling. Total cost for this race was $45 for me. That is more than I would typically want to spend, but I knew some went to charity and again, ALASKA!
So, they planned race day to be on June 20th. In true, finishers style, they don’t send the medal until you input your time. I had 3 miles planned that day, so tacking on another 0.1 wasn’t a big deal of course. In completely off-Chelsea style though, I actually got up early before work to get my miles in. Since I had my race shirt, I rocked that for my miles. I mean it does have a moose on it.
By no means did I race these miles as I went for a nice easy morning run. I did have negative splits though which was nice. I am certainly not a morning runner, so it takes a good 1.5 miles for me to get moving. I submitted my finish time (35:47) on Tuesday and on Friday I had my finisher’s medal. No bad!
Overall, it was fun to get a medal for a random run, but I can’t forget that it cost me $45. They had a 10k and half marathon option on top of the 5k race. If you’re one who loves bling but can’t necessarily get to races or think they are too much, I would definitely see how virtual races are great. They have all different races, so if Alaska isn’t your think, keep an eye out for one that is! Have fun!