What Is a Virtual Race and How to Participate

Most races are canceled indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's a hard time to be a runner who, under non pandemic circumstances, relies on conventional races to stay motivated to train. But whether you prefer a 1K, 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon, you can still work towards your goal, as well as get your race day swag and runner's high by participating in virtual races.

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What is a virtual race

A virtual race is a race you can run at any location at your own pace without the crowds, long Porta Potty lines, inclement weather, and alarmingly loud start gun. You can run any time of day, alone, with friends, outside, or inside on a treadmill.

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How it works

Find a virtual race you want to participate in, register online, pay the fee, and choose your starting line. Some races offer race packets, electronic bibs, and other swag, which is a fun way to make the run feel more official. Once you run the race distance, you can upload your finishing time, and within a few days, you'll receive a finisher's medal in the mail. You can also check the leaderboard to see where you rank against other runners.

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Upcoming virtual races

America's Turkey Trot - Sept. 30-Nov. 26, 2020

Virtual half marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1 mile options. The registration fee is $40.

2020 Santa Monica Classic - Sept. 10-Dec. 31

Virtual 10K and 5K options. The registration fee is $50.

Hero Virtual Race - Aug. 4-Dec. 1, 2020

Virtual marathon, half marathon, 50K, 15K, 10K, 8K, 5K, and 1K options. The registration fee is $19.99.

John Wayne Grit Series - Nov. 14-15, 2020

Virtual 25K and 5K options. The registration fee is $105 for the 25K and $55 for the 5K.

Veterans Day VIRTUAL - Sept. 20-Nov. 30, 2020

Virtual marathon, half marathon, 15K, 10K, and 5K options. The registration fee is $19.99.

Holiday Running Festival - Dec. 12-20, 2020

Virtual half marathon, 10K, and 5K options. The registration fee starts at $27.