Virtual Run Fun & A Special #SweatPink Discount
Just a few weeks ago I participated in my first virtual run. Since I am fairly new to running, I really hadn’t considered virtual runs but when I read a few other blog posts mentioning them as a way to give to charity and earn a fun medal in the process, I was intrigued!
After checking out a few reputable virtual running race sites I chose to sign up for a Home Run 5k through Jost Running which benefits Camp Promise which is an overnight summer camp for kids, teens and adults with muscular dystrophy.
As with most virtual races I was sent a bib to print out, then all I had to do was pick a day between August 1st- August 31st and run a 5k at a time of my choosing wherever I wanted! I completed this virtual race on Monday the 18th and since I was feeling competitive with myself I ran as fast as I could on my regular Monday route and PR’d with a time of 23:49! While I am not going to actually count this as a true PR- I do at least feel like I earned my medal that was sent to me!
After winning a race against myself, I got the virtual run bug and started to explore to see what other races I could sign up for and complete during my regular training runs. Through various blogs and in an email I received from Fit Approach (Sweat Pink), I was made aware of the #10on10 10k or 10 mile virtual run to celebrate Skirt Sports 10 year anniversary! You can pick your distance and run it on either the 13th, 14th or 15th of September and every registration includes a gift certificate between $50-$250 plus a finishers gift! I chose to pick the $85 package and was immediately mailed a gift certificate where I picked out this fun sports bra and this pink flip belt!
As a #SweatPink Ambassador I was invited to join this virtual race, spread the word about the fun and was also given a discount to share with any of my readers who would also like to participate in this celebratory race! You can sign up and receive 10% off by using the code: SkirtPink10
Another fun race for a great cause that I came across was the Virtual Pug Run 5k/10k & 1 Miler! This was crated by Shannyn from Frugal Beautiful in an effort to raise funds to benefit the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue. Her goal is to raise enough money to save 26.2 pugs (a donation of $7,860) in honor of her groom-to-be running the Chicago Marathon.
When you sign up and complete your pledged distance you receive this sweet Pugicorn medal! I literally didn’t hesitate a minute to sign up for this race. Not only do I think the medal is pretty awesome but I am also a Mom of two little pug monsters, so participating in an event that will help save some of their furry friends was a no brainer!
Speaking of saving animals, there is one more virtual race that I was invited to sign up for by #VegRunChat! The 2014 Virtual Race to Save the Animals is being hosted by VegRunChat in an effort to bring awareness to the ongoing abuse and maltreatment of animals with all proceeds being donated to an animal sanctuary called SASHA Farm.
The race is being held between October 1st and 15th and distance choices to choose from are 5k, half marathon & marathon with all finishers receiving this awesome medal and some fun swag. Those who place in the top of the finishing results also win some fun prizes from the race sponsors too! I am definitely singing up for this race but I still haven’t decided between the 5k or the half marathon distance.
Anyone want to choose for me? I’ll go with majority vote 😛
Whatever distance I do end up running, with the addition of these virtual races to my regular race schedule I will have 11 under my belt by the end of the year. While I never officially became involved in Jill Coyners’ 14 in 2014, I would love to find 3 more either virtual or traditional races just to accomplish it as a personal goal!
QOTD: Have you ever run a virtual race? Do you have a goal number in mind for races this year? Should I run the #VegRunChat 5k or half?