When I was training for the 2014 Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World, I was introduced to Digital Running. The website offers a place for other runners to meet and participate in team relays, share information, training plans, and more. You can also register and participate in online challenges. In 2013, I registered for the Hat Trick and Grand Slam Challenge, which were completed at the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend where I ran a 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon. I also registered for the Interstate Challenge where I needed to complete an event in both Canada and USA.
Since I am a bling addict, I registered in March 2014 for the “Time of the Season” challenge. For a full year, I needed to log an event of 5km or longer, at least one per month. Each event would be verified, and once I completed three months in a row, I would earn a pie piece towards a giant medal.
Tricky part was finding a chip-timed event nearby once the weather got cold. I could not find a chip-timed event in December, only local fun run 5km events. I still did those events (Santa Shuffle and Resolution Run 5km) but they wouldn’t be officially counted. Luckily, a one-time “free pass” was issued if you couldn’t get a timed event in.
My final event for this challenge was the Hyptothermic Half in Calgary, Alberta. It was tough to find a February event in Alberta, but I am glad I did as this event was where I ran my 1:35 half personal best! Soon, after logging this event on my member page, the final piece of my “medal” came.
Virtual races and challenges aren’t something I always sign up for, and they aren’t for everyone. But when I found something fun like this, which encouraged me to compete in events each month for a full year, I couldn’t pass it up!