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.
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.
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?