race report: best damn race jacksonville virtual 10k {1.10.215}

I love the idea of Best Damn Race.


A race for runners. By runners. All about runners. Graduated pricing. Free photos. Awesome swag. It’s such a great concept, especially for the lucky ducks who can snag those $1 registration fees.

As luck would have it, none of the dates have worked out for me, especially not with the distance of about two hours apiece to the start lines of Orlando, Safety Harbor and Cape Coral.

I was so excited when BDR added a Jacksonville location to their roster.

I was less excited to find out it was the day before the WDW Marathon.


If I was a more daring person, I would have said no worries, registered for the 5K, and left for Orlando after finishing up. But then my logic piped up and reminded me that I needed to keep my legs fresh for the experience to come and that any time spent at BDR would be less travel time and less time to spend at the expo and picking up my packet and resting.

You can’t imagine my excitement when I saw that BDR decided to offer a virtual option for this race. I even told Mr PugRunner that an entry to the virtual 10K was something I wanted for Christmas! He looked at me kind of funny, but that entry confirmation was in my stocking.

Thanks, Santa!

I got in my 6.2 miles, cheered on my running friends who braved the freezing cold and ran the actual race, and then sat back to wait for my race goodies.

They arrived in the mail almost exactly one week later!

A super cute, women’s cut, technical race shirt, an official race bib

and the bling featuring the beautiful Jacksonville skyline.

I was so happy to add this to our medal rack!

I prefer the race experience to the virtual option, but sometimes, being there isn’t a possibility (or a good idea). I am always open to them for a great piece of hardware, like this one or A Christmas Story 5K, or for a great cause, like the Virtual Pug Run, and I am glad I got to be a part of this city’s inaugural BDR, even if I couldn’t be there in person.

My sights are set on BDR Orlando in a few weeks, but if not, I will be toeing the start line in Jacksonville next January.


Have you run one of the Best Damn Race runs?

What is your policy on virtual racing?


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13 Responses to race report: best damn race jacksonville virtual 10k {1.10.215}

  1. I love virtual races! Around here things get slow certain times of the year as far as races to enter, so it’s nice to have virtual options. Especially when they come with swag! I think the Pugicorn is still my most favorite virtual bling.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It will take a LOT to live up to Pugicorn.

      There are some great virtual races out there. I saw one that is the Road to Hana virtual – you basically run 50-something miles to represent the whole Road to Hana, and then get a gorgeous medal for your efforts. I need to think about registering for that one.

  2. Angie says:

    I am still mad I didn’t register for the virtual. I have added it to my list for next year. I have considered running BDR in Orlando, but I will have to see if my leg problem resolves itself.
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  3. Darlene says:

    No we don’t. I wish we did. maybe I need to come back to Florida.
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  4. Anne says:

    Haha I love your idea to ask for the entry as a Christmas gift! I agree that is a pretty cool medal!
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  5. smart move! nice bling for the virtual option! I am signed up for Orlando- I know it is only one week after my 4 week no running break, oh well, I gotta start somewhere! I just want the shirt and walk around all weekend saying I am running the BEST DAMN RACE! Maybe I will see you there?????
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  6. I hope I get to see you in Orlando. I’m running BDR Safety Harbor half marathon this weekend. Then I’ve got Orlando at the end of the month. I’m just a medal whore if the truth be told. lol
    Jacksonville was a really good race. I loved the course.
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