Gametiime is an online race repository, a system by which you can search for local races, store races on your wishlist, and earn virtual medals for your participation in events. You can also connect with other users (including your friends and running groups) to see what events they are doing, and you can leave notes about your race experiences for others to review when considering a race. I've taken to posting links to my race recaps to the events I've run, and I've found a few events with recaps posted that helped convince me to register. It's a very clean interface for racers!
This year, they've started operating their own virtual runs, starting with the Pi Day race back in March. Thanks to the success of that event, Gametiime is launching their second virtual race, this time to benefit Valhalla Rescue, an organization committed to improving the quality of life for animals in need. And of course, because this great cause focuses on rehabilitation of dogs, the aptly-named Puppy Run encourages you to share the race experience with your furkids!
Since Kaalia was just cleared to run longer distances up to 5k (once she heals from her "lady surgery"), I'm on board for the Puppy Run to be her first race-length run! Eventually I'd like to take her further, and perhaps next year I'll be looking at the 10k or even half marathon distances available, we'll take it easy this year as she builds her endurance. This will give us a chance to get used to that race, and a race-mentality pace, without having to throw her into the crowd of people right away.
If you don't have a furkid, or even if you do and just love running as a family, you can sign up your human kids to join too! The Puppy Run has swag for every runner, whether they are adults, children, or canines! For adults, every runner receives a soft t-shirt and a medal for their distance of choice. Children running the event receive a cool drawstring bag with a collapsible frisbee, and puppies who join in the fun receive an adorable bandana and a pop-up water bowl (which is great for taking along on training runs). Plus, you can post your time, photos, and anecdotes from your run to be eligible for additional prizes!
So, how 'bout it? Thinking of giving The Puppy Run a shot? Sign up with 10% off by using my discount code amanda10 and give virtual racing a chance - you'll also be giving a puppy in need THEIR chance to go the distance!
Do you have a favorite rescue/shelter where you found your furkid? Have you ever gone for a run with your puppy or dog? If you've tried virtual racing before, what were your thoughts?