Just over one year ago, virtual races were not really a mainstream thing. I mean, some events or groups may have had some virtual events but it was not that big of a deal. Now, due to coronavirus cancellations, “virtual races” are not just a thing – they are a very big thing, adopted by the big names in racing like the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, even the famed Badwater races.
The Eugene Marathon Medal is Made from Hayward Field
Medals Make Virtual Races Special
To stand out in this crowded field, it really pays to have something unique for those that register. Normally that is the medal since you are not able to run on an actual course, not getting to cross some legendary finish line, not even getting a free pasta dinner out of it!
The Marine Corps Marathon had a fantastic medal last year (one that I earned) with it having some sand from the beaches of Iwo Jima in it. I mean, how amazing and special is that? The Boston Marathon medal for virtual runners will likely be special this year since it may well be the only one ever offered. Not the same as running Boston, but still something for many to try and run on their own to earn.
Own a Piece of the Old Hayward Field!
For track and field fans, the Eugene Marathon medal (and half marathon medal) is certainly something that may draw you into signing up – just to get the medal!
The legendary Hayward Field at the University of Oregon had been the location of so many events that elevated runners from around the nation into champions, Olympians, record breakers and more. In 2018, after the NCAA Track & Field Championships ended, the old field was torn down to be replaced by a new one that will be the host of this year’s US Track & Field trials for the Tokyo Olympics.
The enterprising organizers of the Eugene Marathon obtained parts of the steps from the east grandstand of the old Hayward Field and they had those turned into half marathon and marathon medals by a local designer. So, anyone that runs the virtual events this year (or next year) will be able to own a piece of Track & Field history! Talk about setting yourself apart from other virtual events!
There are not that many slots left so if you are interest, head on over there and use code VIRTUALSAVE to take $25 off your registration. The virtual race must be run between April 23 – 25 but the packets will be delivered to you ahead of the run dates.
For those wondering, yes, this makes the fourth virtual marathon on my calendar this year and the fifth virtual race overall. 🙂
Source: Runner’s World