Run The Year 2021 Virtual Race Review
The Run The Year 2021 is another great race to sign up for. It's very similar to the Amerithon race that I wrote about previously. They are both produced by the Run the Edge platform. Admittedly, I am working the Amerithon challenge and the Run the Year 2021 challenge at the same time. But that's only because both are so stinkin long!
The Run the Year (RTY) challenge is always set for the same number of miles as the current year. So, for this year, it is 2,021 miles that you accomplish between January 1 and December 31, 2021 as opposed to the Amerithon challenge which is 3,521 miles for the distance across the United States. I actually started Amerithon in 2020.
- Fee: $30 - $80
- Type: RTY - 2,021 Miles
- Gear: Medal, Bibs, Shirt, Coloring Book, Coin
- Difficulty: Hard
- Website: www.runtheedge.com
- Charity: None
- Days to Complete: 365
- Dates Available: 2021
What I Liked
There were several things I liked about the Run The Year 2021 Virtual Race:
The gear that comes with this challenge is top notch. The medal is a quality metal almost as big as my hand that is in the shape of a pocket watch and allows you use the watch hands to track how many miles you've completed of the challenge. You also get a coloring book with stickers to help you track your mileage and a nice challenge shirt... if you ordered the deluxe package. Smaller packages are available if you want to spend less money on the challenge.
The tracker is great! It syncs up with my Fitbit Blaze and tracks my mileage for me automagically so I don't have to worry about manually inputting my steps each day. I find this incredibly helpful and the tracker is accurate. I appreciate the difficulty of this challenge as well. Smaller challenges, such as 5k and 10k challenges, are completed so quickly that it's harder to stay motivated when doing those.
What I Disliked
For full disclosure, the Run The Year 2021 challenge race review should also include any negatives. But there weren't many things I dislike about this race. But there were a few:
The cost of this challenge is a bit pricey. On the plus side, there are three different packages which allow you to decide how much you can afford. The gear you receive is based on how much you're willing to pay. It's reasonable, I suppose. But I would prefer to spend less, of course. Who wouldn't?
The challenge sends you virtual bibs when you accomplish certain milestones. I like the bibs, but I would have preferred to receive the bibs with the race gear instead of having to print them myself. Maybe that's greedy, but the races that send bibs with the medal tend to be higher quality than what I can print out on my home printer. That's just a personal preference for me.
Challenging, yet pretty motivating.
So, the Run The Year 2021 virtual race is most definitely a challenge for me. In order to accomplish 2,021 miles in one year, I would need to achieve five and a half miles per day, every day... for the entire year. Umm... I have lazy days, folks.
Challenging as it may be, I do not regret this race. The fact that it is so challenging makes it even more motivating for me. While I haven't achieved five and a half miles each and every day, I have double that some days to make up for the days I missed. I am determined to get ahead in this race and finish it earlier than December 31st. I don't want to have to rush to achieve it like I did with my Conquer 2020 challenge. If you're looking for a long term challenge to keep you motivated throughout the year, the run the year 2021 challenge is certainly a good way to go.
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!