Welcome to Race the World !
I have been asked how Race the World started and it originally started as what was supposed to be a single 1000 mile challenge for my London Marathon fundraising. It was a great success and we raised loads of money too ! Our challengers asked me when entries were opening for 2019 and even though I hadn't intended to run another one, I did and the response was even better than the previous year.
I was then thinking ahead to my own personal goals for 2019 and I thought I would like to do 2019 kms in a year, and the 2019 in 2019 challenge was born.
Virtual challenges are big and there are lots of companies out there, but I personally could never find something I really wanted to do. I didn't fancy running 10k for a Unicorn medal (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that), and I tried a couple of run so many miles in a month, but there was always something that happened (my health is not the best), and the wheels would fall off and I became more demotivated.
I also like to be able to quantify my achievement in terms of how far I have travelled from point to point on a map, and that was where I came up with the idea of things like Race to the Space Station. Run 253 miles and you have run all the way to the International Space Station (if that was actually possible) or run/walk 874 miles and you have travelled all the way from Land's End to John O'Groats. That for me was a real visual of just how many miles I have covered.
Most of our challenges are not time limited. People have asked me why and my answer is that I wanted to make the challenges achievable for all. Not everyone runs/walks 100 miles a month as we all have different abilities and priorities, so I wanted everyone to feel that they had achieved something amazing. Of course, there is nothing to stop you setting your own personal goals, but I think the message is not to beat yourself up if for whatever reason you haven't met that goal. Readjust your goals and reflect on just how much you have already achieved.
So that is the story behind Race the World Virtual Challenge Series. I have so many ideas for lots of new events and I am already thinking ahead to the 2020 Annual Challenge Series.
So thank you to everyone that has already entered our challenges, I am so grateful for the support and I hope that you will continue to join us on new events. To those that haven't yet taken the plunge - just do it