Our philosophy at RFTW is to keep as many people as possible motivated to get or stay fit and healthy. When setting goals for a new lifestyle, or targets for ongoing fitness, getting started is the most difficult. Once those plans are made such as signing up for a big 10km, half marathon or even a full marathon event, it is key to stay focussed and never give up. Even experienced runners sometimes have thoughts of stopping from time to time so, for beginners, it can be even more difficult.
Virtual running is a fantastic way to keep your motivation to run in between big events that you may be aiming for. It is also a great way to get yourself off the couch at the very beginning of your journey. Running in your own time, without a big crowd of athletes potentially running a lot faster than you, is a big help to a lot of people. Building that initial confidence to get out there and run for fun is a key ingredient of success in reaching your goals.
At RFTW, we have incorporated a more competitive nature to make it feel like you are running in a real event. Full leaderboards of all race categories including age and sex are provided, with rewards being given to those who finish in the quickest times in those categories. This is all in addition to the standard prize for completing your run.
We have many different styles of events at RFTW, which we think will help bring that extra motivation. All events will come with their own reward based on the event and we have listened to public opinion when designing our rewards. The standard reward for each event is not always a medal, we have several different types of rewards for our events such as embroidery patches, medallions, key chains, running accessories and more…
An important, negative aspect to virtual running that we have researched is the idea of ‘proving your run’ and ‘uploading your evidence’. We have removed this from your virtual running experience. With the connection to Strava and linking other applications, we receive your run data instantaneously without any effort from yourselves. Once you save your run on your watch/phone, as long as it is the correct distance, you will be able to see this on the website within minutes. All runners who have completed the run within the event dates, will automatically be sent their finisher’s reward. Easy!