Elf Run – Virtual Race Recap

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By now you should all know I am not a huge fan of virtual races, however it’s what exists and I miss races. I had an opportunity to run the Elf Virtual Run, and since I happen to like the move “Elf” I thought this would be something fun to look forward to this holiday season.

Registration was easy through the Ram Racing, Enmotive site. Included with the registration fee was a red zip up hoodie, a green stocking hat, personalized bib and a finisher medal. Proceeds went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

There were many emails keeping me informed. I was immediately sent a confirmation email after I registered. I was also sent shipping notifications on my swag. There was a snafu with the medals getting stuck in customs, but they kept us in the loop.

I noticed that my bib had the date of December 25th, so I made plans to run the 10k with my husband on that date. I had fun preparing my outfit as well. As with any virtual event, you can run them anywhere, anytime; just make sure you complete by the stated deadline. In this case this event should be completed by January 31st, if you are still interested in partcipating. Prepare – 2020 Elf Virtual Run

It was cold on race day, so Josh and I waited until the wind chill warmed to at least zero. We didn’t have any special race route planned, but made the decision to run downtown and back. Turns out it was the best decision we made.

We had so much fun spreading Christmas cheer!!! I hopped through the crosswalks and made Josh take all the fun photos. People in passing cars waved, gave thumbs up, honked and even rolled down their windows and shouted “Merry Christmas!” It was a blast.

I did have a situation with my watch on this run, I just upgraded my Garmin and it has the incident detection thing. We stopped too long to assist some new graduates with a photo and my watch decided I was stopped too long, so it did it’s thing (because I wanted to see what happened) and it stopped my run. Why do I care? Well the virtual race also has a results page to log my run and get a finisher certificate. I did restart my watch, but I submitted the time Josh’s watch tracked for us. However, I now know how the incident service works.

When we got home, I unwrapped my medal for the first time (it did arrive the day before) to check it out. It’s a cool snow globe with Buddy the Elf on it.

As far as virtual races go, I had a blast with this one. There was nothing complicated about it. The swag is good, the theme is fun and proceeds go to a charity. So maybe, as much as I don’t care for virtual, I may add a few more in the future.