Virtual Races: Fab or Fad?


The first time I heard about virtual racing, I thought to myself, “Why?”

Why would I want to pay money to run by myself? Can’t I do that for…

wait for it…


Well, the answer is yes, but I decided to try it anyway, just to see what the big deal was. And I was astonished by how much FUN I had. The race director had an interactive Facebook Group and Facebook Page where I was able to chat with other participants and meet new racing friends. I also received the coveted race medal!

But the best part was that I didn’t have to leave my family for a weekend to participate in a race that they had no interest in. I didn’t have to travel, try to find parking, walk more miles to get to the start line than I would run during the race, deal with crowds, etc.

I DID get to take my dog, listen to my music, and pick my own course (flat and fast, baby!). It was exhilarating and fun. The medal was awesome. So though I’m not sure whether virtual racing is a fad, it is most definitely FAB!

Find some virtual races at and if you use the code “RCF Fans” you can get $5.00 off any upcoming race or race series!


I’ll be running the Summer Race Series, will you join me?

~ Thankfully Exhausted

Runner Review – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

This week I am reviewing the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race. Yes, I manage an awesome Virtual Race Series, but I know sometimes going to the actual race is fun too (if you’re willing to deal with the crowds and the extra cost). When you decide to go to a physical event, do not miss out of the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. This is one of the best races, if not the best, that I’ve ever participated in. There are plenty of volunteers, lots of security, a great course, and AWESOME SWAG!


  • 15K and 5K Distances
  • Races in 15 different cities.
  • Kid Zone at both packet pickup/expo and on race day with inflatables.
  • Race swag including a hoodie, a drawstring bag, and a finisher mug with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, and a bunch of yummy things to dip in the fondue.
  • 15K participants win an awesome finisher medal.

This is a race that I will continue to go to yearly! I’ve done Denver and St. Louis… next year who knows!

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Merry Christmas!