RPM contributor Dr. Randall Kline at Allied Bone & Joint has made the most out of this new and intriguing virtual environment. None of us are alone in missing the togetherness of the start line and the feast of the finish line, but there are virtues to the virtual – the veritable options. You pick the time, the course and sometimes even the mode. This spring, with his daughter home, Randy happened upon a group that sponsors virtual running events that can be completed anywhere and anytime. “They come complete with a t-shirt, number and finisher’s medal. I’ll admit, it’s not the same feel as running with a large crowd of participants, but in these unusual times, it did offer a similar sense of accomplishment as well as a great family memory.” Randy submitted this picture with his daughter after finishing up a virtual 5K at Notre Dame Stadium – their chosen course for that particular run. Is there a better running-father-daughter moment to be had?
Now into summer, we are seeing our traditional events go virtual. RPM hopes you will continue to support your favorite events (because their causes need you more than ever) and find your own ways to enjoy the run or walk with a family member, your running group or even your four-legged pal. And hey, what about introducing someone to the sport, training some with them, setting a goal event and talking them through their very first 5K in a not-so competitive setting?