I Run 4 America Virtual Race Review
Being the patriotic gal that I am... and a disabled Air Force veteran, I had to sign up for this one! I signed up for the I Run 4 America challenge on June 13, 2020. Excited, I completed my 10k on June 15, 2020 and received the finisher's packet on June 20, 2020.
I have a lot of trouble not signing up for every race I see that could be considered patriotic in nature. I love my country! Despite the turmoil we're in right now, I love my country and respect how far we've come from where we began. We still have a long way to go and I will do everything I can to help get us there. In the meantime, let's walk!
This was the tenth challenge that I signed up for. I completed 8.03 miles and my pace was rather slow at 21 minutes and 54 seconds. It was super hot and I was in a lot of pain so I'm not complaining about my time. I completed it.
- Fee: $35
- Type: 5k & 10k
- Gear: Medal, Bib, Shirt
- Difficulty: Easy
- Website: RunSignup.com
- Charity: Feeding America
- Days to Complete: 110
- Dates Available: Until August 31, 2021
I Run 4 America - What I Liked
There were several things I liked about the I Run 4 America challenge:
Being a veteran, I love the theme. I wouldn't have served my country if I didn't love my country. Sure it has its flaws. But it is a free country full of diversity and good people. I love anything patriotic and this definitely was that.
The tank was the shirt I selected. I am happy with it, it is nice and soft.
The medal was cute too. It is in the shape of a star with the flag theme on it and is a good quality medal material.
I Run 4 America - What I Disliked
There wasn't much I disliked about this challenge:
- Too Short
- No Device Sync
- Limited Time Availability
The problem with 5k & 10k challenges is that I finish them way too fast. I have some longer challenges that I participate in, such as Run The Year, which require me to achieve between 5 and 10 miles per day. So it feels like the 5k and 10k challenges are just too easy since I'm doing that much anyway.
There was no device sync feature for this race. I would prefer my device syncs automatically for my results to be reported. When they don't, I tend to forget to put my results in at all.
I don't like that some races only have a limited time availability. I purchased this one last year and I believe it ended at the end of August in 2020. Luckily, I found that it is on again this year and ends at the end of August this year as well. So, I will consider the repeated event a redeeming quality here since there is another change to participate.
I Run 4 America - Summary
Cute! But maybe a little too easy for me.
So, it was a short and sweet race for me. But I don't regret participating in it. I've started my own little collection of America themed races and will find a nice, patriotic way to display them in my new house.
I do prefer more challenging races. But sometimes it's nice to do short, easy ones to reward myself with a nice medal. And when they contribute to good charities, like this one day, it makes it all the more worth it to me.
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!