Virtual Races are part of our New Reality

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, race directors have been forced to cancel or postpone races. Many race directors and charities are being hurt financially due to this. 

Races like the Moss Free Clinic 5k which have moved to offer a virtual option gives us the opportunity to support a good cause and give our runs some meaning.

If you are in the position to be able to support events like this please do.

 

With Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55 instituting a “stay-at-home” order and the need to maintain distance from individuals can create some anxiety about participating in a virtual run.

The Executive Order does allow for “engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals
comply with social distancing requirements”.

 

Here are some tips on how to run, stay safe, and of course not get fined.

-Find a location close to where you live and plan out a route using tools like Map My Run, Strava, etc…

-Run at less popular times of the day. Get out early or go run in the rain so you can maintain distance easier.

-Avoid popular locations like the Canal Path

-Only run with people you cohabitate with and do everything you can to maintain 6 ft of separation with people you come upon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey runners I’m Brian and I’ll be your Captain for our little virtual race challenge. Yesterday we announced the VA RRCA’s Virtual Challenge. Today I wanted to provide some additional details. I’ve setup a webpage that I will use to post information on the challenge:

Virtual Challenge

Points will be scored for times at the 5k and 10k distances. VA RRCA has stated they may add additional distances and races by April 15th. There are free options to signup for. If you are able please support the Moss Free Clinic Virtual. You can do multiple virtual races for the same distance. I will only submit the best times.

There are FARC groups on both Garmin Connect and Strava. Based on your preferred platform make sure you are a member of one of the groups as this will allow members (and your Captain) to see your runs:

Garmin

STRAVA

In order to participate do the following between now and May 31st:

  1. Sign-up for one of the eligible virtual races.
  2. Go run and make sure to record it
  3. Edit your run with the title “Virtual Challenge <distance>”. Then in the notes/description put the name of the virtual race the run applies to.
  4. Email me the link to your activity just to be sure I see it: brian.pessolano@runfarc.com

The more participation we have in the various age groups the better our club will do. If you have a family membership the whole gang is eligible!

If you do not track your runs electronically reach out to me and lets see what we can do.

This is still a work in progress so be patient. I’ll keep everyone updated. Stay safe, obey the Governor’s guidance, and keep your distance!

I’d love to hear your thoughts either by email or comment on the Facebook thread. I’m planning to put out an article on how best to participate and follow the guidance we are under.

 

Virginia Road Runners Club of AMERICA Virtual Challenge.

I know a lot of you are feeling isolated and really missing running with the group. It obviously doesn’t help that so many of the events we have been looking forward to are being canceled or postponed. One of the best ways we can support the organizations that put on these events we love so much is to run their events virtually when available.

RRCA came up with a great idea to help get the member clubs involved in a little friendly competition. Starting tomorrow April 1st club members who participate in virtual runs affiliated with an RRCA VA member club can submit their time for inclusion in the challenge.

Here are a few of the virtual events that are eligible.  Additional runs will be added to the RRCA VA Facebook Page. 

  • Richmond Road Runners – Quarantown 10K
  • Peninsula Track Club – Joe & Sue Moore Memorial 5k
  • Shenandoah Valley Runner’s Virtual Series
  • Tidewater Striders Quarantine Virtual 5K & 1 Mile
  • FARC – Moss Clinic Virtual 5K

We would love to hear your thoughts. Join in the conversation on Facebook.

RRCA Virtual 5K & 10K Club Challenge:
Virtual races/events from April 1st to May 31st for the 5K and 10K distances that have an affiliation with a VA RRCA member club can be used for submitted times.  (Other distances might be announced by April 15th and included if there are enough virtual events at each distance to justify the add.)

  • Team scoring will be done for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd for both gender divisions for Overall, Masters and  Age/gender divisions (Overall, Masters, Age 0-12, Age 13-17, Age 18-24, Age 25-29, Age 30-34, Age 35-39, Age 40-44, Age 45-49, Age 50-54, Age 55-59, Age 60-64, Age 65-69, Age 70-74, Age 75-79, Age 80+) Points will be scored for as follows – 1st 3 points, 2nd, 2 pts, and 3rd 2 pts.–
  • Participants can do multiple events virtual events, but only one time counts for each distance.

We are working with VA RRCA to add more eligible virtual events and to solidify details so bare with us. We will follow-up with Team Captain contact information and submission format (most likely Garmin or Strava).

 

Our old Twitter account was lost to time and the inability to figure out who had the login… oops! Never fear we have a new Twitter account for all your tweeting needs! Please follow us at twitter.com/run_farc aka @Run_FARC.

If you happen to be one of the folks who have been waiting since 2016 for @RunFARC to Tweet something new go ahead and unfollow that account… its just not going to happen.

Running Calendar

New integrated calendar for local events.

I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing that their races are postponed or canceled. Hopefully we will be out running together soon.

The calendar on the new runfarc.com website has been updated to include a number of local events and links to the registration pages. There are also several virtual events you can take a look at.

Calendar

 

 

General Elections Next FARC Board of Directors Meeting, December 19th

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The next FARC Board of Directors meeting will be having elections for 2020 for a treasurer, Howard Thomas is up for reelection and secretary, Sara Gilliam is up for reelection and 1 year directors. It will be December 19th at 7pm at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Fredericksburg, this is open to all members who wish to vote or want to be part of the board.