The whole world adapted to the new normal of quarantine, isolation, and lockdowns. Everyone who had a passion for fitness couldn’t really indulge in social workout sessions including marathons, races, or any other physical activity that involved community interaction.
Virtual races have got a great response from those who had a hard time sticking to a workout routine during the lockdown. These races were designed keeping in mind the safety of the runners during Covid-19. A virtual community of fitness enthusiasts is a great concept in terms of connecting individuals to a cause. You will get the much-needed dose of motivation and can do your part for the greater good.
As the pandemic stretches into the New Year, we have curated a list of the top virtual races for the summer of 2021. You can participate in any and as many of them from anywhere in the world:
Run Guides Tokyo – Osaka Challenge Virtual Team Challenge
Covering a distance of 672 km or 420 miles, you’ll virtually run between Tokyo and Osaka. Teams of four are created that will attempt to run the distance. Entries were opened for runners after March 13. Since there is no cut-off, you can join anytime after the day entries were opened. Runners can track their team’s progress on a leaderboard and an interactive map.
Fee: 60 USD per team
Highlight: Digital Badges, Prizes from Race Partners, and Embroidered Lucky Cat Interactive Patch.
2021 B.A.A. 5K
The 2021 B.A.A. 5K is an annual event that will be held virtually for the second year in a row. This run traditionally starts the Boston Marathon weekend and has been open for registration since February 1. The event will begin from April 16 to 18.
Fee: USD 45 (Start Line Package), USD 60 (Finish Line Package), USD 65 (Unicorn Package)
Highlights: Unicorn Finishers’ Medal, Access to Exclusive B.A.A. training programs
The Great Virtual Race across Tennessee
A 1,000 km run, The Great Virtual Race across Tennessee is a great chance to burn all those calories you’ve stored in your body during the lockdown. Besides, you’ll be running for a cause. All the proceeds from the run will go directly to Food Banks all across the Tennessee state. You can join the race from 1st May to 31st August.
Fee: USD 60
The 2021 RunNB Challenge
Open for registration all year long, the 2021 RunNB Challenge is a great opportunity for people who are missing some recreational or competitive workout during the pandemic. Walk or run, you need to virtually circumnavigate New Brunswick to cover a distance of 1,200 or 2,400 km.
Fee: USD 50
Survivorfest 24 Hour Race
This race is being offered both virtually and in-person which gives runners a choice. An official 2021 six & 24 hour Canadian National Championship, the race will celebrate the strength, survival, & sacrifice of the families, racers, survivors, and friends who are extending a great help by raising funds for the Saffron Centre, Strathcona County's sexual assault centre. Participants can either run for 6, 12, or 24 hours around a 400-meter track. The race will be organized from 12th June to 13th June.
Highlight: IAU Bronze
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
Starting from 1st May to 31st May, this race offers a choice of distances you can run for. You can start from 2 km and slowly increase the distance to 5 km, 10 km, and eventually run a half-marathon. You can also run a full marathon or cover an even longer distance. The race has been organized in support of the Ottawa Hospital.
Fee: The fee varies according to the type of race you will select
Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal
Organized for both kids and adults, this race is an opportunity for everyone to sweat it out without breaking the protocol of social distancing. You can participate from 23rd April to 14th June. This summer race will surely invite huge crowds who can run for a great cause. The races range from Kids’ races, 5 km race, 10 km race, and a half-marathon.
Fee: You need to stay updated about the race online to know the fee details of different races.
With all these races lined up for the summer of 2021, there is hardly any space left when you won’t have a cause to run for and miles to cover.