Three virtual race organizers’ stories. (Hint: starting an event is easy!)

We recently interviewed some of our virtual race organizers and learned more about how our virtual challenges created a unique combination of motivation and community for their groups. Here are some highlights of what they experienced, with links to their full stories.  

(If you’re in a hurry to start an event and don’t have time to read their stories: Launching a free race only takes a few clicks!)

Wheelchair Athlete – Chris Fletcherracery-wheelchair-athlete-virtual-racer-chris-fletcher

@christoffletch  organized a race for his colleagues. | “I do the fitness thing better when I’m challenged by other people, so I got people at work involved. It’s a pretty active group overall. Peer pressure is on as soon as we hit go.”

[ read my story ]

Cyclist – Sarah TackerRacery Virtual Racer - Sarah Tacker

@Sarah2.0  replaced her paper map with our race and invite others to join. |  I invited a virtual friend from MyFitnessPal. I don’t even know where that person lives, but they’re logging their miles and we cheer each other on.”

[ read my story ]

Runner – Steph BryantRacery Virtual Racer - Steph Bryant

@stephbryant invited members of her running group, plus others. | I have family and friends who like to run, but they’re intimidated by people who run a lot. So, by putting them on a team in a virtual race, they’re not intimidated.”

[ read my story ]

So, those are their stories. If you want to start your own online race, we make it easy!

1. People can participate in a virtual race from virtually anywhere, at any time! Or they can just use the race’s social functionality — likes and comments — for communicating with other people in your group!

2. There’s no minimum number of participants — your community can be as big or as small as you want!! Invite a colleague, a family member, or that high school teammate who now lives in Seattle!

3. The race ‘runs’ itself. We send reminders, prompts and keep track of activity! You don’t need to hound your Seattle friend — we send a daily “log your miles” reminders by e-mail. Of course, if you do want to heckle as an extra motivational boost, we won’t stop you!

You can be a virtual race organizer too! Challenge your friends and colleagues using our array of virtual races in exciting locations!