Thousands of Runners Around the World Finish NYRR's First-Ever Virtual Race

Thousands of Runners Around the World Finish NYRR's First-Ever Virtual Race

Nearly 3,000 runners from around the world got their 2018 started by being part of New York Road Runners history: They completed our first-ever virtual race, the NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K, using Strava to track to their distance and time.

The leading times were recorded by Austin Lavin of Glendale, AZ, who ran the 5K in 15:52, and Dianna Chivakos of Westford, MA, who finished in 20:10.

Event registrants hailed from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries around the world—from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where the average high temperature in January hovers around a frigid 11º F, to Bangkok, Thailand, where the average monthly high is a balmy 91º F.

Some NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K participants signed up for the event as part of the NYRR Virtual 6 program to earn entry to the 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half, the largest half-marathon in the world. Proceeds from their entries support NYRR's mission to help and inspire people through running, and benefit NYRR’s youth and community programs.

The idea behind New York Road Runners Virtual Racing Hosted by Strava is to give runners more opportunities to take part in NYRR events, more motivation to challenge themselves, and more ways give back to the running community—no matter where they live. And based on the photos and conversations we saw cropping up on social media, NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K finishers were a self-motivated bunch. 

In the New York City metro area, runners bundled up to brave the cold: 

Many participants covered scenic courses during their 5Ks: 

While some stuck to something simple—like running laps around a baseball field in Indonesia: 

The best part: Participants finished the virtual race just like they'd finish a traditional running event—with feelings of accomplishment and motivation to do it all over again. 

Want in on our next virtual race? Register today for the NYRR Virtual For the Kids 5K Benefiting Rising New York Road Runners and log your miles any time between February 13 and 19, 2018.

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