Disclaimer: I received free entry to the 2020 Global 24-Hour Relay to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
TAG, you’re it! I don’t recall exactly what my text said the morning of Wednesday, June 3, 2020, but I knew it was my time to shine. It was Global Running Day, and I had something really cool planned in its honor. I participated in the 2020 Global 24-Hour Relay hosted by the Rochester Running Company by running a 30-minute leg as part of Team Boston. I was signed up for the 9–9:30 a.m. ET leg of this giant relay, and I was ready!
To give some background, the 2020 Global 24-Hour Relay consisted of teams that ran from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and virtually handed off a baton to the next runner every 30 minutes. You were given the choice to sign up for a team, based in a large city, your running group’s location, or you could create your own team if you live in a rural area. I chose to rep Team Boston, because I grew up in NH and lived in Boston for a few years.
To know when your leg began, you were contacted by the runner before you by email, text, or phone—so many options! I opted to be notified via text, which worked out very well. You had the option to run or walk your leg and then notify the person after you.
BibRave Pro Brenda was after me, starting in the 9:30 a.m. ET slot, so it was fun to “pass” the baton to her! (My baton was actually one that I got when I took a women’s self-defense class, hah!)
This virtual race gave me a sense of connection that I haven’t gotten from other virtual options. I felt like I was actually part of a larger goal! I also liked the fact that I didn’t have to run a certain distance. If I felt like walking for 30 minutes, that worked. If I felt like running my little heart out for 30 minutes, that was equally cool.
The swag was sweet as well; I received a gorgeous medal and cute t-shirt in the mail just yesterday.