One of the most beautiful parts of the Internet can be the community it inspires. Being able to find new friends at the click of a mouse has been amazing for me - especially in a world where my combination of talents and interests is a little unique. And the possibility of virtual events - either in the form of online chats or as simultaneous acts - is always a fun time!
Since I started this blog over two years ago, I have had the pleasure of participating in many virtual runs for fun. In case you don't know what a virtual run is, it is like a race you do on your own time, knowing that the race is being run all over the world by other participants. Usually the organizer will provide a bib and sometimes there are prizes.
When I came up with the idea to have a virtual run as part of my Team in Training fundraising efforts, I thought I was doing something unique - charging people money and offering a medal.
Turns out I was wrong. I was unique in my distance and requirements...but there is actually a whole Facebook group dedicated to the Virtual Run and people all over the world are holding virtual runs for fun or as fundraisers for a plethora of causes! And there are usually medals!
Yeah - medals. Shouldn't really be a surprise to you guys at this point to see what a medal whore I am...
I want to sign up for them all, but reality (and my bank account) tell me that I need to be choosy. So I can choose based on the distances to complete and the dates they need to be done by. Oh - and by how pretty the medal is ;)
Here are a few I have signed up for in the next couple of months (and mainly because the medals are so cute - who doesn't want a medal for a training run you're doing anyway):
Peace Love Cure
Benefits Children's Cancer Charities
I will run this on November 17 - the date the organizer set up and a day I need to do 22k anyway...I think this one is sold out now, but she has been having races regularly for a while, so there is sure to be another one soon.
Ho Ho Ho Half Marathon
Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (The organizer is one of my TNT Flex team mates)
I will run this on December 8, because I need to get in 22k that day :)
Racing in A Winter Runnerland 5k 2013
Put on my Mom's Run this Town - there is a free and paid version of the race. The paid version earns you a medal! Doesn't benefit a charity...but Mom's Run This Town is such an awesome group that I am willing to pay and sign up just to support them!
With 5K, 10k and Half marathon Options - there's something for everymom. This will be a recovery run for me after Goofy - hence why I went 5k instead of a longer distance. I don't think I'll be running much farther than that for a couple of months after Goofy.
And, if you're up for a bit of a challenge - registration for my Virtual Half Goofy Challenge is open for another month! 10k one day, Half Marathon the next! and the medals are handmade and super cute!
If you would like something shorter, Jennie (on my TNT Flex team) is also hosting a virtual run - called the Tink in Training Virtual Run! The medal is pink and has Tinkerbell on it.
So, if you are looking for something to do this winter to keep you active through the colder months - know that you can earn some bling and help some great causes out there!