Virtual Races for Charity
Virtual races are trending, and every day more non-profit organizations around the world are searching for the perfect virtual race platform to launch their own as a way for fundraising money. This delights people that want to participate in a race whenever they want and from wherever they are! And at the same time, that want to support a charity.
How virtual races work
The concept of a virtual race is quite similar to a classic road race. The only difference is that there is no physical event happening. You can do a virtual run for charity in your hometown, street, park, treadmill, alone, with friends. However, you want!
Similar to a classic race event, there are three steps to participate:
? Register: Buy your (virtual) bib and invite your friends to join! Every bib supports a non-profit organization. You can even add an extra donation!
? Sweat: You are given a certain amount of time (days or weeks) to complete an individual goal (5k, 10k, 42k,…). You participate wherever you want and at the time that best suits you!
? Celebrate: Once you achieve your goal, you receive a medal, t-shirt, or access to cool prizes from sponsors or event organizers. Et voila! Easy peasy lemon sweaty!
Benefits to participants
1. Wherever you want
Participants can run, walk or bike in your hometown, on the beach, on a treadmill, in the woods, or even at an actual race. Anything is possible, and you are in charge of your own destination! This increases the accessibility to races to anyone with an internet connection.
2. Whenever you want
Participants can run at the time that best suits you! Hate waking up early for a run? Awesome, you can run in the afternoon. Sunday is your favorite day to go long? Perfect, you can get your Kms in whatever day you wish! You can even spread your run’s distance over multiple days!
3. Get a medal
Once you complete your distance (5k, 10k, half marathon,…), you will be mailed a one-of-a-kind medal, t-shirt, or unique swag from the virtual race.
4. Support a charity
Every virtual race we organize supports one of our charity partners. Make an impact today! And even GO the extra mile with peer-to-peer fundraising!
Benefits for nonprofits
1. Limited operational costs
Organizing a physical event requires city permits, dozens of volunteers, and more! It’s a big organizational feat! Bringing your race to the virtual world makes many of your headaches disappear! Focus on marketing and creating an amazing experience for your participants rather than fighting with city officials and paying for permits for everything!
2. Reach an unlimited amount of people
The virtual world is not limited to space. You can reach thousands of people around the world. Create a “run around the world” race or “run for the planet” race to engage thousands of sweaty changemakers to engage around your mission! By using a perfect virtual race platform, your possibilities are endless.
3. Get even more people involved by adding extra activities
Virtual runs for charity are not for everyone. Some people like to bike, swim, do yoga or even ski for charity! By offering several activities, you can increase the number of participants and also donations towards your cause. Let’s be creative!
Accessibility and flexibility
There is beauty in bringing people physically together. 45,000 people running a Marathon the same day in the same city is extraordinary. NYC, Brussels, Mumbai, Boston, London. These races create a sense of belonging and community that is difficult to replicate in the virtual world. The virtual component is not replacing physical races but is simply offering another option. Virtual Races are here to stay as they have proven how effective they can be. Physical races are not accessible to everyone and don’t happen every day. Adding a virtual component increases the accessibility and flexibility, and by choosing the best virtual race platform for your non-profit, you can expand your message even more.
Why sweat for a cause?
Sports bring people together. It’s a great way to bring people on the same level and start a conversation. I believe that running for charity makes everything better for four reasons:
1. Purpose: Running, walking, biking is great. Exercising with a purpose is better! It kicks that extra motivation in. It allows you to give a reason for the extra mile you put in.
2. Lack of competition: Exercising for a cause brings less pressure to the race. We are all in this together. Doing something that’s bigger than ourselves.
3. Running for a cause makes you think of the issue you are supporting. It sparks a conversation and brings awareness to issues we can sometimes put aside.
4. Communities are powerful. Marching or running together for a cause brings a new dimension to your race. You can be part of a movement. A movement of sweaty changemakers!
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