Saturday, April 8, 2017

Special Edition of BTKR - A Look at the Upcoming Virtual Running Shorts!

I LOVE Pluto!  You know Pluto made his debut for Walt Disney in 1930 in the Cartoon The Chain Gang; but I am so excited about his debut this Month in the Virtual Running Short Series!
Pluto will be the honorary host this year, and he is inviting not only you but all of your canine friends!!


This Special Edition of the Beyond the Kessel Run Podcast is dedicated to runDisney's Virtual Races this summer.  I know a lot of you may have never participated in a virtual race before – so let’s cover what that is first!


So, a virtual race is a “race” that can be run anywhere you are – anywhere in the world!  It is a self-motivated competition that allows you to challenge yourself to complete a mileage goal – 5K, 10K, Half, etc.  You can run/walk and do so anywhere you want to.  This is really motivating too because you pick the route – one that suits you!  There is also a time frame that you must complete the “race” in order to receive the Medal, and you report your times online.

Now, let's go over runDisney's Version of a Virtual Race...  

What are the runDisney Running Shorts Virtual Races?
You have your choice of 3 different Virtual Races to run during 3 Months of the Summer…
In June, July and August
Each Month will have a different Medal, a Downloadable Bib and a Finisher Site to input your virtual race results.

You have a month to complete each race, and if you sign up for the Challenge Series, you will receive a Special Medal  - 4 medals in all!

What is the 2017 Theme for the Virtual Races?

The Theme this year is Pluto and the Charity is Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.  runDisney wants you to include your pet in this series to show your support and love of animals!  So… if you sign up for the challenge series, you will receive a special dog tag and water bowl for “Your Pluto!”

How much does it cost?
Each virtual race is $40 or $142 for the entire series.

How do I get my Bib?
Bibs will be available for download on the runDisney Event website.

When will I receive my Medal?
Usually within 30 days after the race has completed.

How do you receive your medal?
Medals will be shipped to the address you provided when you signed up.  They will not ship to a PO Box and if you live outside the US, there will be extra charge for shipping.

Are there commemorative Items?
Yes!  Special Magnet, Baseball Cap and Jacket!

How/When do I Register?
Registration will be Tuesday April 11th at 12 Noon Eastern. 
Registration will just like any other runDisney race:  You will navigate to the runDisney Virtual Shorts Event Page, click Register,  and complete registration through Active.com.

** Note this sold out quickly last year – so be prepared to register April 11th!  Early registration was allowed starting Friday, April 7th, so if you did not get in then, be prepared for Tuesday!

How do I follow other people running the race series?
runDisney created the hashtag #runDisneyShorts for all of us to use!  So be sure and post on Instagram and Twitter and use #runDisneyShorts !


It should be a great summer for running and getting outside with your pets, too!  I'm looking forward to participating and would love to keep up with you, too!  Let me know if you are in with Pluto!
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