Activity conversions make a virtual race more fun and inclusive

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If you need want to reach beyond the crowd of runners and walkers who fill up traditional races, Racery’s got you covered.

Now race participants can also convert many, many other activities into miles in our virtual races. These inclusive activity conversions are perfect for companies and charities with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI.)

As an alternative to logging actual miles walked or run, racers can pick from three other conversion models as you’re logging an activity. (The race sponsor gets to add or subtract activities!) 

First, and most simply, a racer can log the time (minutes or hours) that she’s engaged in activity in broad categories of moderate (yoga, weights, etc) or vigorous (cardio, HIIT, spinning, etc) exercise.

Second, the racer can log the number of miles she’s just walked or run.

Convert activity to virtual race miles
Racers can easily convert activity minutes or hours into virtual race miles

Finally, the racer can opt to log the time spent on a specific fitness activity. See the image at right for an example of how this works. Note that this function is invisible until a race actually starts!

Because we’re trying to create a roughly even playing field for all participants, all activity conversions are based on a translation of activity time into steps into miles. Thus, an hour of moderate cycling will register as 4.83 miles on the route, while the same period of breaststroke will register as 5.14 miles. The conversions appear extremely precise but are in fact necessarily fuzzy — there is as yet no way to affordably and scientifically equate all these activities, particularly because we can’t gauge the intensity with which an individual has exercised.

Obviously, cyclists likely have physically covered more real ground and swimmers will have covered less water, but this conversion strategy means roughly equal effort translates into roughly equal virtual distances on the route.

If you use a step counter while you are intentionally walking or running, just enter those as steps and we’ll convert them too!

And if you’re sponsoring a race and want to add or subtract exercises or activities, we’ve got a conversion dashboard that lets you do that.  For example in this race, stairs climbed are converted into progress on a 100-mile virtual climb of Mount Everest. We’ve also seen some sponsors give credit for watching a financial literacy video, playing with the kids, drying dishes, or memorizing Bible verses.

Here’s the list of the convertible activities in a typical race. (The conversions are proprietary.)

Aerobic dancing class
Aerobic fitness class
Aerobics, low impact
Aerobics, step
Basketball, game
Basketball, recreational
Bicycling, easy pace
Bicycling, moderate pace
Bicycling, vigorous pace
Boxing, competitive
Boxing, non-competitive
Children’s playground game
Circuit training
Dancing, class
Dancing, salsa/country/swing
Elliptical trainer
Golf, carrying clubs
Golf, powered cart
Hockey, field and ice
Horseback riding
Household work – mopping, painting a room, ect.
Ice skating, general
Ice skating, moderate
Judo & Karate
Jumping rope, fast
Jumping rope, moderate
Racquetball, casual
Racquetball, competitive
Rock climbing
Rowing machine
Sailing, boat and board
Scuba Diving
Skiing, cross-country
Skiing, light/moderate
Soccer, competitive
Soccer, recreational
Stair climbing, machine
Swimming, backstroke
Swimming, butterfly
Swimming, freestyle
Swimming, leisure
Swimming, treading water
Table tennis
Tae Kwon Do
Tai Chi
Water aerobics
Water skiing
Weight lifting
Yard Work – mowing lawn, raking leaves, ect.