Amerithon Virtual Race Review
The Amerithon Virtual Race was one that the Sloth and I were both super excited to sign up for and do as a team. This is, by far, the longest challenge we've attempted thus far at 3,521 miles.
We both registered for this race on October 29, 2020. I received my finisher pack on November 6, 2020 and began tracking my activity immediately for this challenge, as did Beck. As a team, we are on target to finish by that time this year. We are about two thirds of the way done.
In fact, we went so hard in November that I gave myself Tendonitis in my foot. I had to rest it for 6 weeks which allowed Beck to get about 250 miles ahead of me. Now my motivation stems from catching back up to her. We'll see if I get there!
- Fee: $70
- Type: 3,521 Miles
- Gear: Medal, Charm, Shirt, Passport w/ Badge stickers, Wall Map
- Difficulty: Hard
- Website: www.runtheedge.com
- Charity: None
- Days to Complete: As long as it takes
- Dates Available: Always
What I Liked
There were a lot of things I liked about the Amerithon Virtual Race:
- Sticker Book
- Tracker / Calendar
So the medal is the highest quality medal I've seen so far. It's bigger than my hand and has several magnetic pieces that you earn along the way, plus the finisher charm. You also get a t-shirt and a sticker book with the badges that you earn which allow you to mark your path and note the date you achieved each badge.
The wall map is pretty darn cool too! It shows you where you're going and marks each spot that you'll earn a badge. Each time you earn a badge, it's marked on the online tracker calendar and you're presented with a flyover video of your progress. I love that there's so many interactive parts with this challenge.
What I Disliked
My Amerithon Virtual Race review should also report what I didn't like about it, right? There weren't many things I disliked about this race. But there were a couple:
- No Bib
So yeah, seventy bucks is quite expensive for a challenge, but I think it's fair for how big of a challenge it is. Many people take several years to finish this challenge while it looks like the Sloth and I will finish it in about a year's time. I think with how long it is and everything that's included, the price is fair. I should also note that you have options to get smaller packages for less money. It's just that you don't get everything that comes with the deluxe package that we got.
The package doesn't include a race bib. While not super important, it would've been nice to have one to add to our collection of race bibs. Instead, we have a sticker book and a wall map. I'm not terribly disappointed, but it was worth noting.
10 out of 10!
So, the Amerithon Virtual Race is my favorite race to date. It is super challenging to stay focused on being active this long but it is also super motivating to earn those badges. I love that the badges are spread out in small increments that can be achieved within a few weeks of each other so you're able to be re-motivated each time with small, attainable goals.
I totally recommend you sign up for this challenge to help you stay motivated on your own fitness journey. Don't feel like you have to spend $70 to get the full package. Get what you can afford. And do it as you can, don't push yourself to unreasonable limits to get it done too fast. Do what you're comfortable doing. Don't injure yourself like I did.
And, by the way, if you're looking for a cool way to track your progress on your races or just to jot down the details, be sure to check out our Virtual Race Journal. These journals allow you to document all of the details of your race from start and finish dates to registration fees and pace times, and let's not forget about that ever so important motivational playlist! Grab one for yourself while supplies last.
Now... get to stepping!