Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Virtual Games: Track Star 2012

The 2012 Olympics begin on Friday, July 27 in London, England. The Summer Olympics are definitely my favorite (versus winter) because I can relate with the events so much better... especially those that RUN!  Although, my little girls are mesmerized by the gymnastics. One thing is certain...Olympic fever is alive in this house! I can't wait until the Opening Ceremonies. Go Team USA!

To pump up the spirit and add some fun into following the Olympic events, I'm hosting the first annual VIRTUAL GAMES: Track Star 2012.  This will be focused only on the 8 athletic events that are pure running (sorry, no hurdles, pole vaults or jumping).

What is a virtual event?
No matter where you live, you can participate! This is a FREE event. There are 8 run events to complete in the Virtual Games: Track Star. Finish them wherever you'd like (track, road or treadmill) within the specified dates.  No proof of times is necessary as this is a fun event.  The only competition is against yourself... to run your best times possible!!  Although it would be fun to gather up some friends and host a fun track meet, yes? (hint, hint...)

August 3 -12, 2012
Although the 2012 Summer Olympics begin in late July, the running events don't begin until August 3, so that is when we will start too. I plan to run my virtual events on the same day the Olympic women are running... and compare times (ha!). See the Olympic athletic event schedule here. Seriously, when was the last time you timed a 100m dash - middle school? 

Channel Your Inner Olympian!
The 8 Virtual Olympic Events...
   100m  (.062 mile)
   200m  (.124 mile)
   400m  (.25 mile)
   800m  (.50 mile)
   1500m  (.93 mile)
   5000m  (3.1 miles)
   10,000m  (6.2 miles)
   Marathon (26.2 miles) **

** You do not have to run the full marathon in one shot.  Break it up into segments and challenge yourself to complete a total of 26.2 miles during the 10-day Virtual Games (average of 2.62 miles each day).  And yes, the challenge of this virtual event is to run or walk all eight events.  Be A Champion! 

How it works...
• Each participant will receive an official Scorecard to track your performance in each event. Simply log your finishing time onto your Scorecard once you complete each event.

• When the Olympic closing ceremony concludes, so do you.  When you finish your Virtual Games, dress in your country's finest colors (red, white & blue for the USA!) and photograph yourself holding your completed Scorecard.

• Email the photo of you (with your Scorecard) to This completes your Virtual Games and scores you one entry into the prize pool. Photos are due no later than midnight on August 12, 2012.

Host a Virtual Games!
Because I love to see runners encouraging other runners, there is also a BONUS ENTRY option.  Gather up your friends (just one or your whole running club) and host a Virtual Games of your own. This would work especially well to complete the shorter distance events (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m). Believe me, you always run faster when there is a friend by your side to push you along.  Most local high schools have no problem with you using their track to run. Just call the office ahead of time to be sure.  Don't forget to have someone bring a stopwatch. After your Virtual Games track meet, gather at the local diner for a celebration lunch and watch the Olympics live on TV.  Email me a photo of your group and you'll score a second entry into the prize pool.

Get signed up today and
Stay tuned for Prize Announcements!

Please spread the word amongst your runner friends!
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Got A Question? Please comment below...


  1. Sounds like fun, I'm in!! THanks for all the Motivation you are awesome!! :)

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun. I can't remember the last time I ran a 200 (probably high school track:) Thanks for keeping us motivated Jess!

  3. Silly question - for those of us who aren't up at the 35 mile per week level, can we count the 7 smaller events toward the marathon distance?

    1. Yes, all your mileage can count towards the 26.2 miles ... within the 10 days.

    2. So glad to hear this! I'm not up to the 35 mile per week level either. This helps me decide to go for it!

    3. I'm not understanding where the 35 miles in one week is coming from... It's 26.2 miles in TEN days.

    4. I'm thinking it was all the events added together make 35 miles...though I haven't added it up.

  4. I love how fun you are! Thanks for hosting this!! :-)

  5. Darn, I was hoping there would be an uneven bar event or a fencing category.... lol :) Sounds like a lot of fun--thanks for hosting!

  6. I'm feeling a Sole Sisters Track Meet coming on... ;) ;)

  7. This is such a great idea! I can't wait to get it started!

  8. What an awesome idea! I'm very happy to be part of it. :-)

  9. you're always thinking of fun and exciting ways to keep us motivated! sounds awesome and so festive...I'm ready for the coverage to begin!

  10. I love this! I've been on blog vacation but will put this on my site soon. Thanks for giving us a "jolly good" boost!

  11. Super fun Jess - I'll round up my local runner buds for this one!

  12. I had a great time with the Jelly Bean Virtual Race and I can't wait for this one!

  13. Jess, the daycare and I was wondering if you would consider letting us do something like this. But for the marathon we could do a rely race. I have 6 kids in my daycare aging from 2-12 so I'm betting we could get this taken care of and on the short races the kids could compete. Just asking before I tell the rest. I was just talking to one of the young men here.
    Okay, I'll let you get back to me. Thanks Jess.
    Julie's Sitting Service

  14. Hopefully, this will keep me motivated- I can't believe the Air force marathon is only 51 days away. EEK!

  15. Love this! I will get the hubby, at least, to do it with me! Great idea!

  16. I think i signed up, but I haven't received anything....can you confirm?
    Thank you!

  17. This is awesome! I ran a half this am...13.1 miles down. Its speed work Wednesday so this will be fun :)

  18. ania cybulski cramerAugust 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    i just signed up yesterday and have clocked in 3 miles to practice for the official start. where is the "scorecard"? i have not run in a while so thanks for the motivation and challenge!


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