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5 Things Every Virtual Race Rookie Should Know

Virtual races have become increasingly popular as we continue to do our part to keep people safe. But with so many to choose from, how can you be sure you’ve picked the right virtual race for you?

We’ve prepared this short guide to help you!

Find out what your virtual race supports

Just because the race format has changed doesn’t always mean the organizer’s mission has changed. In fact, many of the charitable efforts supported by virtual events are needed by communities now more than ever! Be sure to look for information on what your virtual event supports.

For example, proceeds from the virtual Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K are used to fund Y Open Doors Financial Aid, which provides funding for children and families in central Maryland who experience poverty  so they can afford Y programs that keep them happy, healthy and connected to a caring community. The Y is also doing a food drive during the week of shirt-pick-up supporting families who are food insecure- a special problem because of the pandemic.

Continue an old tradition (or start a new one!)

Races revolve around coming together with friends and family and having an awesome time! Virtual events are no different.

Most virtual events give you the option to register as a team with your family and friends. This feature ensures you’re able to continue the tradition – or even start a new one – with anyone from anywhere! Participants do not need to live in the same area to participate together as a team. Especially given the likelihood of less travel this year, family participation in a virtual race is a good way of bringing together  family and friends from afar.

Running is optional

Just because you’ve decided to participate in a virtual race doesn’t mean you have to run. Plenty of people choose to walk, jog, stroll  or simply fundraise for a great cause! Virtual events are meant to be fun for everyone, so feel free to do it in your own style and at your own pace.

Take a look at the swag

Every virtual race will have different giveaways, so if the swag is important to you make sure to check and see what’s offered ahead of time. Most events will offer some sort of race day outfit (t-shirts, hats, etc) and a virtual “swag bag” full of coupons and offers from race sponsors.

For those who have race shirts overflowing from their dresser drawers, check and see if your virtual race offers the choice to donate the cost of your shirt to their charity instead! Participants in the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K have the choice of receiving a shirt or opting out and instead donating the cost of the shirt to the Y’s Open Doors program.

Make it fun! 

One of the best parts of any race is coming together with others to be active, engaged and sometimes a little silly! You may be participating alone or in a much smaller group this year for your virtual race, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

Dress up in your best costumes and get out there! Don’t forget to upload your best pictures to your virtual race’s social media pages to connect with other participants.

Looking for a feel-good virtual race for the whole family? Register for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K! Participating in this year’s virtual event is the ultimate way to help your community during a time of year when thoughts about “gratitude” and “giving” are on everyone’s mind.

Learn more & register today here.

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