What do you do after just completing a marathon? A normal person might put their feet up for a few days, relax and swear off ever running again. If you haven’t yet realized, I’m not normal.
So, in the spirit of doing silly things I decided to sign up for The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K. Virtual runs have generally been something I have avoided in the past simply because I have seen far too many virtual runs merely be a money making enterprise for individuals looking to make a quick buck. For-profit virtual runs just seem like a quick, cheap way to take advantage of people looking to get a medal and maybe a tee-shirt all while charging runners way above what a normal, live race might charge.
However, with the COVID-19 world cancelling races all over, I have seen some virtual runs looking to raise money for charities and non-profit organizations due to the inability to host in-person races. Out of darkness comes some hope; out of the negativity of races being cancelled, kudos to those looking to make a difference.
The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K is a virtual 1000K trek across the entire state of Tennessee that will take place between now and August 31st. The race is raising funds for Feeding America and will help stock the shelves of food pantries across Tennessee. Runners upload their mileage on the honor system and those who complete the 1000K between now and the end of August will receive a finisher medal. Tee-shirts are also provided as part of the registration.