Since mid-March, we’ve been rolling out Virtual Race content and new features to help races convert their physical events to virtual ones, quickly and efficiently. But as social distancing has become the norm, virtual races are becoming more than just a stop-gap option – they are creating a bridge in the endurance community to keep athletes active, connected, and competitive.
Done well, a virtual race can be a virtual gathering place for separated family and friends, a personal challenge, a valuable fundraiser, and a way to make some much needed revenue in the absense of traditional racing.
Organizing a successful virtual race is about more than just opening registration and mailing shirts, though. To help race directors wrap their heads around the required logistics and best practices of a virtual race, we have a new Virtual Race Website at RunSignup.com/govirtual. The site includes:
- Planning Guidelines
- RunSignup setup recommendations
- Virtual Promotion
- Shipping and fulfillment options
- Virtual Fundraising
- Virtual Results
- The Virtual RaceDay Experience
- Creative community solutions to take inspiration from