My Singapore Organized Virtual Race – Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017


Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 | My 10K Singapore Virtual Race Challenge

 

I had a pleasant experience with the first virtual race I joined in so I became more open on joining virtual races. While browsing my facebook news feed, I came across the 42Race page promoting the Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 which is organized in Singapore. The registration costs S$9.90 or Php 359.21 only, which includes a beautifully designed personalized rotating medal and postage fee.

B and I were supposed to register for a local Buddy Run event, The Robinson’s Fit & Fun Buddy Run, but we found the registration cost of the virtual race of better value for money. We also need not to wake up very early and spend for gas and toll fee going to the race event.  We then opted to join the Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 instead and registered online.

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - Race Bib
My Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 10K race bib. (Photo c/o 42Race)

 

The 10K Virtual Race

The virtual race challenge has 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K categories to be completed in a single run within a seven days period (June 25 – July 2, 2017). The virtual race joins the celebration of Hari Raya Puasa (festival of breaking of the fast) and for participants to recognize their own gift of good health. B and I registered for the 10K category as this distance best suited our training that time.

We ran our 10K together as our entry to the Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 on July 2. It was our own version of the local Buddy Run we were supposed to register which occurred on the same date (July 2). We ran at B’s easy pace around our playground, the Nuvali and Carmelray roads in Laguna. We treated it as one of our usual training runs.

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - Entry
Did our own version of 10K Buddy Run as our entry to Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017.

 

Finishing the Race

I used my Garmin GPS watch to track my race distance while B used Runtastic app on her mobile phone. The two tracking devices had minor differences on the distance tracked so I finished the virtual race a bit earlier than B.

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - My Finish Time
I finished the 10K Hari Raya Virtual Run in 1 hr 10 mins 14 secs at 7:01 mins/Km pace according to my Garmin.

 

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - B's Finish Time
B completed her 10K Hari Raya Virtual Run in 1 hr 11 mins 6 secs at 7:06 mins/Km pace according to the Runtastic app.

 

As an official 10K finisher, a digital finisher certificate was sent electronically via my 42Race e-profile.

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - Finisher Certificate
My 10K virtual run finisher certificate. (Photo c/o 42Race)

 

The finisher medal together with a post card was delivered to my doorstep two weeks after the race ended. The delivery personnel charged me with Php 112 for customs fee.

 

My Official Virtual Race Performance

10K Total Finish Time  – 1 hr 10 mins 14 secs

Average Pace   – 7:01 mins/Km

Overall Rank – 269th out of 987 runners

Female Rank – 65th out of 392 runners

Our easy paced run ranked me at 65th among 392 female finishers.

I belong to the upper 27% of the entire 10K Hari Raya Run race finishers based on the data of the 10K field.

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - Overall Result Analysis
My average pace belongs to the upper 27% of the entire 10K field.

 

With respect to the 10K female finishers field, I belong to the upper 16%.

Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 - Female Results Analysis
My average pace belongs to the upper 16% of the 10K female finishers field.

 

Post Virtual Race Challenge

Joining the Hari Raya Virtual Run 2017 at a total cost of Php 471.21 was really worth it. The cost includes a digital finisher certificate, a beautiful personalized finisher medal, post card, postal and customs fee.  It also gave me and B an extra push to run on that July 2 Sunday morning even if we slept a bit late the night before.

I have no Funko Pop reward for this virtual race because we treated it as just one of our training runs.

 

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