Fit To Ride
To fill the void left by horse show ribbons in 2020, I have turned to medals for virtual 5K walks. I am aiming for one a month.
2019 [Proof of Concept, Race, er, Walk Report, Magic City Run 2019] IRL
April [Strolling Along, Walk Report, La Jolla Shores Virtual 5K 2020] Virtual
For various reasons, mostly having to with me crawling along at turtle speed, I don’t yet have a medal to display from these. I should get one soon. Loot!
June. Solstice walk. Anchorage, Alaska & Tromsø, Norway have both canceled theirs, so mine may be even more virtual that usual. Fairbanks, Alaska offers a virtual 10k. New moon means no night walk. Saturday the 20th.
July Gaelic Gallop, BreyerFest 5K Run/Walk Sunday the 12th.
Considering – All virtual
August Derby Festival Mini Marathon. Since this is 13.1 miles, I would distribute it over four weekends. “This means you can even plan to run your distance in segments.” Derby Festival Marathon: Virtual Race FAQs . One advantage to virtual, I can parse it however I want. Not sure I want to commit to that much walking and the medal is in honor of a boxer rather than in an equine design. Saturday, August 22. Virtual offered. Closing date August 17th.
September, October, and November. I’m hoping a few of the bigs offer a virtual 5k option. Abbott World Marathon Majors. Updated to track the status of the fall events.
Boston Marathon, Monday the 14th.
To The Front Lines
We’ll wait to start until you reach the finish.
Sniffle. IRL canceled. Virtual marathon. No 5k. News.
BMW Berlin Marathon, Sunday the 27th. Canceled.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Sunday the 11th. “Preparing for both outcomes.” as of 6/28. News. “All participants must be capable of maintaining a 15:00/mile pace, and completing the full 5K (3.1 miles) distance, start line to finish line, within the event time requirement of 45 minutes (mm:ss/45:59).” Chicago5K: Event requirements Not even close. If they go virtual, I’ll try anyway.
Upon further research, I found that the virtual Flying Pig was held on the original date of Sunday May 3. Went ahead & registered late. May do the walk over the summer. May save the medal for the October weekend. If October is also virtual, I’ll walk twice. Or I’ll walk one and Rodney will walk one. Who knows. The point is, ordered me a Flying Pig medal.
Now that I have signed up, I find that they have set a deadline of June 1st for the virtual. Oh well, two in one month is doable. Onwards.
IRL canceled. Virtual. News.
Stay safe. Stay sane.