The BDR Florida Challenge is the virtual challenge I’ve decided to conquer as the weeks of social distancing continue. Best Damn Race always puts on stellar events, and this virtual challenge promises the same top-notch experience.
The BDR Florida Challenge starts June 1 (or June 15, but read on), giving runners, walkers, and cyclists the opportunity to take on the entire length of the east coast of Florida, in a virtual and socially distant way.
I’ve been hesitant to join in a big challenge like this, as I have been doing well without any additional pressure on myself, but I feel like this is a reasonable way to make my way back into having a large goal. As it stands, Memphis doesn’t look like it’s in the cards for a variety of reasons, so having something like this might soften the blow.
The BDR Florida Challenges offers a 1000K and a 300K option for this event. Runners, walkers, and cyclists have until October 31, 2020 to complete their preferred distance, but I love not feeling pressured to take on something that might be bigger than my abilities at this point in my rehab. For the 1000K, runners will virtually start at Amelia Island and travel (again, virtually) to the Southernmost Point in Key West. That’s a lot of kilometers of virtual Atlantic coastline, and it’s going to be fantastic!
Team Effort? Lone Wolf? We’ve Got You.
You can go the distance under your own steam, or you can work in teams of two or four to cover the distance. Both solo runners and teams can log their miles on the BDR Florida Challenge page to tally their miles for the duration of the challenge. Solo runners get to start June 1, while teams and cyclists don’t begin until June 15. I’m excited to take on 1000K with a friend – there’s just no way I could do it alone right now, so this is my favorite option!
Earn Your Motivation Along The Way
As you run, walk, or bike your miles, you’ll log them and earn virtual checkpoints to keep you on track. Look out for digital badges via email when you hit Daytona Beach, the Space Coast, South Beach, and ultimately, Key West.
All The Best Swag
Best Damn Race always brings the swag, and the BDR Florida Challenge is another way to reap the bling! All participants will receive a gender-specific race shirt,
and this gorgeous medal,
1000K Finishers will also score this really cool patch!
I’ve never received a patch as a race perk before, so I’m kind of excited about that.
Best Damn Race Always Does It Right
I have been an Ambassador for the Best Damn Race series for years, and I am proud to say that every race I’ve ever attended has been on point. While I’m definitely going to miss out on the awesome, in-person aspects of a BDR event, I’m happy to be participating in a BDR event again. Are you going to join me? Register here! (this is an affiliate link)
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Are you partaking in a big virtual challenge like the BDR Florida Challenge?
What’s next on your running agenda?
This looks like a fun race! Congrats that you decided to take on the 1000k with your friend.
Keep us posted!
Will do! I think it’s going to go great!
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Sounds like a great event! I’ve never done anything like this before. Its a fun idea to work towards bigger mileage goal over a few months- and even better that you can do it with someone else! Hope it goes well!
I’m super excited about it! It’s a great goal and we are going to have so much fun!
Fun shirts! I love that there are all these virtual challenges–I love the goal of completing a big distance over time like this. Obviously, I’m doing the Illinois challenge and am running the east-west distance as opposed to the north-south, lol!
Me, too! at first, I wasn’t down for it, but when I saw that i had a few months to get it done, and could drag a buddy along for the ride, I was totally in!
Good luck to you!
Beckett @ Birchwood Pie says
How fun! I’m doing a challenge to run/walk my state’s border and it goes on for an entire year. It’s fun to see my progress each day, I just got to 5%. It’s a big distance but since walking counts it’s easy to rack up the miles.
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Ooooh. That will be a good one! For Florida, to complete the perimeter might take a year! It’s a big state with a super intricate coast! Good luck and have fun!
Sandra Laflamme says
What a cool challenge! So far I have not done any virtual racing but maybe at some point I will get motivated and jump in. Love the swag!
It’s definitely going to be fun and a bit of a challenge. This is the first one I’m officially paying for and getting bling for, so I’m kind of excited.
Deborah Brooks says
That does look like a fun challenge! If only we really could start in Amelia Island. Have not been there in years but do remember it being an amazing little resort. Have fun!
Right? It’s really so pretty there. One day, when all of this is a distant memory.
Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder says
I’ve really been trying to avoid signing up for any more virtual challenges but I might have to lol you are making this sound super fun! I do love BDR and always try to do at least one of their races each year. They definitely put on an amazing event!
This one is so great, though! And I know you love BDR! You still have a little time to think about it!
Anna @ Pipers Run says
Sounds like a lot of fun! Loving all the virtual races popping up and new ones that never existed before, especially those supporting local causes.
I do, too. And I’m extra excited for this!
Rachel Frutkin says
How fun! I’m doing the GVRAT right now and there’s no way I’m going to make the cutoff for 1000k. I’m gonna keep trying, though! Haha.
We went to Amelia Island once… I would love to go back now!
Amelia Island is fantastic. We will be up there in a few weeks and I can’t wait. I hope you make the cutoff!
Darlene S Cardillo says
Sounds like fun.
I have a virtual races and challenges.
I want to run a real one.
Maybe one of the BDR in the future.
Oh, I want to run a real one, too. It will happen, but who knows when?
I like how they used the virtual race format to expand the whole concept of the race and do something different (race the whole coast of Florida). Sounds like fun, I hope the markers you get and camaraderie of knowing others are doing it will keep you motivated.
I hope so, too! I need something big like this to keep me going.
Kimberly Hatting says
I might have told you about the Iowa virtual one. I think there’s three different distance options (a partial distance across the state, the full distance, of an out-and-back full distance), and each distance has a different timeline.
Yes, and that sounds awesome too! I love that these race companies are making lemonade out of lemons and offering these options.
Chris Tiley says
I really like the idea of these virtual events. I always need an upcoming event to keep me motivated to run regularly. With all my planned events being cancelled, virtual events are keeping me motivated.
The Accidental Marathoner says
I’ve been looking at a lot of these long-distance virtuals. They look like fun!
At least it’s something to help move the training along!
I haven’t signed up for any virtual events but this one sounds like something I can do. Five months to run 1000k would probably be right about perfect for me (though the heat of summer may take its toll). It sounds like fun!
You totally should! It would be a lot of fun!
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
BDR puts on great races (even if I was underwhelmed by the course in Savannah). Wish they had races in more Southern states, although I don’t see that happening considering what’s going on right now.
Good luck! You’ve got this, Jenn!
I haven’t run the Savannah course of BDR. I’ve done a few other races there, and there are definitely ups and downs to those. This, however… This is going to be great!