12th September 2019
Isn’t a “virtual race” cheating?
A question we often get asked by people who haven’t heard of virtual events before. In my personal opinion, it’s a big NO! Having run both virtual and organised races myself, I truly believe that it is harder to earn a virtual medal than a real race one.
Why you ask?! Motivation for one! Organised races give you a sort of “I’m here now, I’ve got to do it” mentality. Adrenaline, nerves and determination as well as competitiveness and even fears of embarrassment overtake you and make you feel superhuman at that moment (yes, we all crash and burn after the race!). When earning a virtual medal, it is very easy to dip out of your runs. Excuses, life itself, tiredness, kids, work load, they all play a big part in our motivation to run that morning, afternoon, evening. There is a LOT of wiggle room for runs until the last moment, even during the runs itself by cutting them short and coming home. Sadly we often have people who order their medal and then don’t complete it because they haven’t done the distance and lost the motivation, it makes us sad. However it’s hard to motivate yourself, especially if the weather is against you or the work/life balance isn’t balancing right now.
We were notified in Autumn last year that Virtual Running Events had been nominated for the “Best Virtual Event” category at The Running Awards by a member of the public. The Running Awards are the only one of their kind here in the UK although nominations are open worldwide. Thanks to YOUR votes, we were notified in December that we had made it to the shortlisted top 12 companies. We were up against some major virtual events companies so had no expectations in being placed in the top 3 so when we were invited to the Running Awards presentation evening on Thursday 25th April 2019 in London, we went for the experience of the night.
Welcome to the launch of Virtual Running Events and thank you for taking the time to visit our new website. Virtual Running Events was established on 23rd September 2016 to give runners of all abilities the chance to train hard and earn some bling! With alternative medals available, Virtual Running Events aims to be THE virtual events company in the UK.