As I scroll through my news feed each morning, it is evident from Facebook’s “suggested posts” that the social media’s fancy algorithms have figured out that I like running. A lot. Lately, Facebook has made it clear that it believes it’s time for me to start virtual racing.
Virtual racing? Have you encountered this too? Have you also found yourself wondering, what the heck is virtual racing and why would anyone do that?
Based on my very scientific research, here’s the deal. You sign up for a virtual race like any other race, filling out a sign-up questionnaire and then paying the entry fee. The difference between virtual racing and regular racing is this: you run the race distance wherever and whenever you want. That’s right, you enter and pay to go for a regular old run on your regular old route or treadmill or wherever.
When you’ve completed the “race,” you get your race swag, usually a medal. You pay someone else, to run a regular old run on your regular old route and then you get a medal for your efforts. Bravo?
Tell us what you think!
What’s the deal with virtual races? Do they offer any benefit to dedicated runners like us?