Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Virtual Races: What, Why and How

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve started running again. Like I said in this post, the stress of the Corona Grounding has started getting to me and I need an outlet.


A virtual race is a race than can be jogged, ran, or walked at your convenience and from any location you choose {treadmill, neighborhood, track, etc.}. You run the race at your own pace, upload your time, and then a medal is mailed to you. You can also share your #sweatyselfie on social media and upload pictures with all of your stats to share with the running community {most virtual races have an official hashtag that is provided upon registration}.


I ran my first 5K waaaay back in 2013 and I’ve run maybe two or three since then. However, since moving to Louisiana, my running has been sporadic at best. I’ll start training and do well for a little while and then stop because of weather, work schedules, travel, donuts…

When you run an actual 5K, you generally have to be at the starting line around 6 AM. Yes, seriously. Y’all, that’s what time I used to do PT when I was in the Army. And if it’s a big race, you have to arrive fairly early in order to secure parking and get yourself together for the run.

As with most face-to-face races, there are charitable components to virtual races. This is why I do it. A lot of charities are struggling right now, so this is a fun way to practice self care while helping other folks out.

Honestly, these are the two deciding factors for how I choose my races:

  1. The charity – I’m a big advocate of women’s and children’s health, so I’m drawn to charities with that as their focus. And, with COVID raging, there are a lot of charities that have shifted their energies to filling the hunger gap that developed as a result of school closings.
  2. The tee – There’s nothing like wearing a new/cute workout clothes. Racing tees have become some of my favorite collectibles: the colors, the messages, etc. They’re just fun.

Fees can be expensive {anywhere from $35 and up}, so that’s also a factor but I try to weigh the benefactor of the charity to the cost.

The races that I’ve registered for so far are:

  • eRace Racism
    • Hosted by Black Girls Run
    • A two-person team commits to hike, run, or walk a combined 50, 100, or 200 miles anywhere in the world between 15 August and 30 September.
    • If you hit both partners hit the goal, a medal will be awarded.
    • Entry fees support the Black Girls RUN! Foundation, which was created as the philanthropic arm of the national organization to support our national community footprint, programming and the expansion of the organization.
  • DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run

Ideally, I’d like to run one race per month until the end of the year. My goal is to run one race per month for 2021. But I’m not gonna get ahead of myself, let’s see if I can finish out the year…


You can google it or click here for a list of races.

Have you ever run a face-to-face race? How about a virtual one? Would you try it?

Run Happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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