If you would have told me ten years ago that we’d have a “Virtual Running Day” I would have called you crazy. But with today’s technology, virtual running is a reality.
New York Road Runners recently held their Virtual Running Day last week, and I think it’s a great idea. Admittedly, the race isn’t technically virtual per se. It’s more of a remote race. Racers simply download the Strava app on your mobile device, log in and go for a run or walk wherever you please. Track your distance, and as long as your run/walk runs the length of the 1-mile requirement, then you’ve officially competed in a Virtual Run.
While the official timeline for this year is over, I hope that this article will generate interest for next year!
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Looking to seamlessly blend today’s advancements in technology with some good old-fashioned running? Then look no further than the NYRR Virtual For The Kids 5K. This month, you can help run a virtual event and help youth!
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MapMyRun is holding a new challenge called the “You Vs. The Year 2018.” Like most other MapMyRun challenges, You Vs. The Year has you competing against other users to reach 1018KM as quickly as possible. Winners can earn a brand new pair of HOVRs, the industry’s most anticipated connected shoe from Under Armour, and a variety of other gear.
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I’ve been running for quite some time now and I must say, I love it. It keeps me healthy and has allowed me to make great new connections, both personal and professional. As you get older, you quickly begin to realize that focusing on your health is a major priority. When you’re younger, sometimes your health isn’t your main focus. And that can lead to unhealthy lifestyles and health risks in the future. That is why it is imperative to get children into healthy activities as early as possible. So how exactly can you get your children into running? Here are a few ways.
Take them to a fun running event
The beauty of running is that it can be utilized in a variety of different ways. Of course there are your standard marathons that focus solely on the running aspect, but there are also multiple types of marathons and racing events throughout the world, all with their own defining characteristics and qualities that make them a bit more fun and palatable to younger audiences. If you are trying to get your child interested in running, you might want to refrain from a traditional marathon at first. Instead, look into something like a color run or a zombie run. Color runs are running events that put a heavy emphasis on having fun. Thousands of participants run a 5K trail and are doused in colored powder throughout. By the end of the event, thousands of runners are drenched in a variety of vibrant colors. Color runs even feature a small party afterwards where participants can continue to douse each other in color. Zombie runs feature all the terror and thrills of being chased by a zombie without the actual threat. If your child loves shows like The Walking Dead or movies like Zombieland, a zombie run is a great way to let your child act out their fantasies! There are dozens of other kinds of events that make the running experience a bit more fun.
Make running fun
If there aren’t any fun pre-planned running events near you, you can also make the general act of running fun on your own. Create an objective for the run or give it a fantastical element. Set up an obstacle course and pretend that your child is the last warrior who can save the world by running through the obstacle course. Adding elements like this will make your child forget that they are exercising and solely focus on the fun they are having. Or you could set up something of a scavenger hunt and plant some riddles and hidden items. This not only exercises your child’s body, but also their mind.
There are several different ways to make your children have fun while running. In today’s world, children are bombarded with reasons to stay home and eat; video games, fast food and social media all play a major role in creating a sedentary lifestyle for children. As parents, it is your duty to break your children free of those shackles and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Calling all runners and fitness aficionados with a competitive streak! Looking to get healthy and win some prizes? Then look no further than the Samsung and MapMyRun Firsts Never Stop Challenge. The premise is simple: simply log 20 workouts in the MapMyRun application between November 1st and 30th and you’re eligible for a chance to win a Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.
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For anybody looking to step up their running game, make sure to check out Under Armour’s brand new UA Speedform shoes. They come in three styles, Velociti RE, Gemini 3 RE and Europa 3 RE, and have the ability to sync up with the Under Armour MapMyRun application on your mobile device. For more information and to purchase them, click here.