More than 10,000 people from 127 nations and 47 states stepped up the virtual start line in the 15th edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running (VR) Series. Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15 gave the global running and walking community the opportunity to challenge themselves with two different race distances that included a 15K and 8K, as well as the Remix Challenge for those who wanted to take on both distances. Participants were able to compete anywhere, indoors or outdoors, as long as the distance of their choosing was completed in one session between Friday, Aug 7 at 5 a.m. ET and event close Sunday, Aug 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Featured Rock ‘n’ Roller
Ryan Romero – Las Vegas, Nevada
In April 2018, St. Jude Hero Ryan Romero was overweight and knew that something had to change. Romero started this quest because he wanted to live a healthy lifestyle after being diagnosed with HIV, to show to himself and others, you can still be active and live a good life. He decided that running would be the catalyst for that change, and resolved to run a half marathon later that year at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon. By race weekend, Romero had lost more than 60 pounds and noticed the drastic change in his whole lifestyle.
At the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas health and fitness expo on the weekend of the half marathon, his fitness journey and the mission of being a St. Jude Hero truly came into perspective and prompted him to increase his race distance. He switched his race to the full marathon, and even participated in a 5K the day before. What started out to live a healthier life, Romero crisscrossed the country, running his way to becoming a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Hall of Famer in 2019 logging more than 1,000 miles in 15 races. Ryan has already completed nine different Rock ‘n Roll VR distances so far this year, including one he did while running alongside the Las Vegas Strip. Link
Rock ‘n’ Roll Recap – Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15
Participants for Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15 came from around the world and ranged in age from 20 to 82. The United States led the way with over 7,000 walkers and runners followed by Canada (over 400), Mexico (over 400), United Kingdom (just under 400), and Portugal (over 150). Other nations represented included Chile, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Panama, and Qatar, among others.
Bulgaria joined the nations represented in a Rock ‘n’ Roll VR event for the first-time during Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15. Of the 47 U.S. states represented this past weekend, the greatest number came from California, followed by Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Arizona.
More than 13,000 participants took on a Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club™ Challenge leading up to Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15. Several separate running and workout-based challenges were offered with the opportunity for special prizes such as a Rock ‘n’ Roll Dash 1/2 Zip pullover, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Medal Display Hanger, or a Rock ‘n’ Roll by Hydration Backpack.
The challenges included the Coaches Challenge: Speed Play, Excuse To Explore: Get Artistic With Your Running, and Gatorade Endurance: Parker’s Savage Session. To date, over 51,000 people from across the globe have joined the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club platform, giving them access to the series of weekly races, challenges, and rewards.
Looking Forward – Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15 / Current Challenges
This upcoming weekend, Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15 will offer two distances for the global community, including a 12K and 5K, as well as the popular Remix Challenge for participants that want to take on both distances. Race weekend starts on Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 a.m. ET and closes on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
To register for Rock ‘n’ Roll VR15, runners need to sign up through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club platform and connect to their tracker app. Runners can then complete their registration by going to the “Events” tab and clicking “Register Now” on the virtual race page. For additional information on how to register, visit Getting Started Guide.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club Challenges for this week are available to participate in now and include:
- Music City Challenge – By the end of August, complete this challenge by running or walking 32 miles — the number of Honky Tonks on course at St. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon. Participants can complete this challenge in multiple sessions. Over 6,800 participants are currently registered to compete and those who complete the challenge will earn 510 points and become eligible to win a free Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series registration to future physical event.
- United Airlines: The Takeoff – Fly through a marathon this month. Track and complete 26.2 miles of running or walking activity throughout the month of August.
- Coach Carrie’s Triple #1 – Track and complete three 45 min sessions to build endurance. Challenge Intensity Rating: 4 out of 5 – Building Intensity.
- Excuse To Explore: Run With Your Furry Friend – Get outside and run with your favorite four-legged friend. Track & complete the following workout in one session lasting 30 minutes
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series also offers tangible Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Finisher Bundles and other Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series merchandise at www.runrocknrollstore.com/rock-n-roll-vr. Finishers who complete the Remix Challenge also earn access to additional medals.
Full details and specifics regarding the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series, Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club and Challenges are available on www.runrocknrollvr.com. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, please visit the website at www.runrocknroll.com.