Last October, I completed my first “virtual” race: the Ghost Race. Unlike other races, you paid $0, got to pick the day & time of the race, and you received a $25 Lululemon gift card instead of a medal. Pretty sweet!
I didn't set out to do this race. I stumbled across this symbol on one of my runs.
Soon after, I saw this post on Strava. I convinced a friend to sign up and we set the date. We registered, like a normal race, but made sure to review the route beforehand. After a few false starts (my friend had never used Strava before :), we were off!
My friend worked hard and ended up getting a PR. So proud of her. After we finished, a woman came up to us. It turns out she ran the Ghost Race with us and said that we pushed her. So cool!
If you want to try a virtual race, the New York Road Runners is hosting three virtual races at the beginning of this year. Two of the three are free. Unlike the Ghost Run, you set the course. I already completed the Resolution Run 5k (ironically, I ran a non-virtual race with a similar name on January 1st). I plan to run it again with a friend this weekend.
Lululemon does not have another virtual race scheduled, but it's currently hosting the 40 | 80 Challenge. You can still join, but keep in mind that it only includes mileage from January 2-15. I signed up and encourage you to do the same.
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.