You may have seen my announcement on Instagram last week about participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon Virtual Relay! I am running this as a part of the Brooks’ Run Happy Team and am so excited for this opportunity! I know many of us are over virtual races, so I wanted to shared 5 reasons why a virtual relay may be a fun alternative!
5 Reasons to Run the Pittsburgh Marathon Virtual Relay
Choose your race distance
Split up the marathon distance with 4 other runners and choose which distance you will each run:
- 1st Leg – 5.3 Miles
- 2nd Leg – 3.8 Miles
- 3rd Leg – 6.4 Miles
- 4th Leg – 6.5 Miles
- 5th Leg – 4.2 Miles
Have fun with friends
Even though it’s not the same as an in-person relay or race, you can still have fun with your teammates! Plan fun outfits, come up with a theme, or make some videos for Instagram.
Support a good cause
Our team decided to use this race to promote food desert awareness. Food deserts are defined as census designated areas that meet the following criteria:
1. Low income,
2. Low access to fresh and nutritious food, and
3. No access to personal vehicles to travel to areas with increased access to fresh and nutritious food.
You can even commit to raising money for a charity and may be eligible for free race registration.
Choose your location, race date, and time
This is my favorite part about virtual races! I love that I don’t have to drive anywhere, and if the weather on race day is bad I can usually do it another day. I can also do it at a time that is most convenient to me. Even if its 5:00 am!
Get some swag!
By signing up for the relay, you will get a race shirt, medal, bib, and be eligible to enter some fun giveaways!
Learn more and sign up here!
Need some guidance preparing for your virtual race? Check out my Virtual Race Resource Guide!
Would you ever run a virtual relay?
Do you have any virtual or live races coming up this spring?