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BDR is at it again, introducing the Best Damn Race Oregon Trail Challenge to its portfolio of motivating virtual events.
Do you remember playing Oregon Trail? It was right up there with Zork in my little nerd heart. In Oregon Trail, the player guides his wagon of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1848. The goal was to survive the journey (with all your travelers alive) and learn a little something about the 2,170 mile wagon route.
What Is The Oregon Trail Virtual Challenge?
I’m so glad you asked! In the Oregon Trail Virtual Challenge, you make the choice to team up with a wagon of six or go it alone, to virtually travel 2000 miles of the Oregon Trail of the iconic video game. You’ll log your miles, and earn digital (and real) swag along the way, but be careful! You might break a wagon wheel, or suffer from exhaustion along the way and that will be a game changer!
2000 Virtual Miles? Isn’t That A Lot?
Nah. I mean, it IS, but you have until April 2021 to complete the distance, alone or with a virtual wagon of up to five other friends. The best part is you have until April 30, 2021 to claim victory over the trail! That’s a full 30 bonus days (original end date was March 31, 2021) to get it done! If everyone pulls his own weight, each wagon-mate only needs to record about 9.5 miles per week. Easy peasy!
Ok, But Do I Have To Run?
Nope. Sure, Best Damn Race is home of some of the Best Damn road Races around, but for this challenge, miles are miles. You can walk, run, bike, row, or even count steps in your living room to add to your totals.
What Do I Earn?
I’m so glad you asked! For the fairly incredible registration fee of $29.99, you’ll earn digital badges at 10 important Oregon Trail landmarks,
and a fabulous embroidered Finisher’s Patch.
You’ll also score this gorgeous, double-sided medal, which I am so excited to add to my collection.
Want the shirt? For an extra $20, you can have an official race shirt, OR this awesome dysentery themed style. I couldn’t resist the latter.
I’m Ready To Register!
Well, let’s go! All you have to do is choose how you want to traverse the miles! You can do 2000 miles split between up to six friends, 2000 miles on your own, or lead a “solo mini wagon” for 200 miles. Click here to get moving.
And don’t forget, use code RUNSWITHPUGS to save 10% when you register for any live 2021 BDR race. Check out my recap of last year’s Best Damn Race in Orlando to see how awesome one of these events can be.
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Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
This sounds like another fun challenge! I like these longer ones that give you something to work towards over a few months.
That challenge sounds really fun! I like the longer mileage challenges opposed to just virtual races. I loved Oregon Trail as a child…and admittedly have a board game version of it now.
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Darlene S Cardillo says
I loved the ONENY challenge but the problem with 620 miles was that biking did not count.
Yours is a better one.
But I’m trying to save $$ and not do many virtuals.
Yeah, it helps that multiple forms of workouts count to the total.
Deborah Brooks says
I do not remember this game! I must have missed out 🙂 Looks like a fun challenge and I love that you can do it as a team. Have fun
It was ridiculous and fun all at once. Gosh, the things that used to entertain me before the internet.
Kimberly Hatting says
I think I’m just on the edge of the “too old to have this available” spectrum LOL But, my kids did a computer game (as part of a history unit) in school that sounds a lot like this…maybe it was the same one? I won’t be logging any miles on foot for awhile (probably October, at the earliest), but I have my bike. Hmmm…this is tempting…
Lots of people are cycling to get those miles! Totally doable!
My kids used to spend hours (as long as I would allow them) playing Oregon Trail. The funny thing is that my middle son, the one who was the most obsessed with the game, now lives in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Ha!
This sounds like a really fun virtual challenge.
That is too funny! It’s such a classic game. I need to see if I can get it on my laptop.
What a great challenge, Jenn!
I love that it’s a long one and that you can do it with friends!
Will you be doing it in a group?
Yup! we have a wagon of people and it’s so fun!