Checkpoints Race, a virtual running competition that’s calling itself the “world’s first social running league,” is redefining what it means to participate in a race with the introduction of its “social, digital, and connected challenge.”
According to a news release about the “event,” the competition will take place across a five-month period from May to September 2015. Runners from the U.S., the UK, and France will compete in teams of five, and the top 50 teams with the most points will win a “ticket to the final race”— an all-expenses paid trip to the French Alps where the “Grand Finale Relay Race” will take place in September.
Here’s how it will work:
- Start by simply using your favorite run-tracking apps to record your workouts.
- When you download and open the Checkpoints app, all of your running data will synchronize—this earns your team points.
- You can earn more points for your team by completing Checkpoint Race challenges.
- Half of your team’s points will come from you and your teammates' running performance, and the other half will come from your “supporters.” According to the Checkpoints Race website, “The more your supporters run for your team, the more points you score.”
- The end goal is to score as many points as possible, boost your team’s ranking, and rise to the top so you can qualify for the Grand Finale Relay Race.
The project stands to serve as a platform for runners from all over the world to connect, share their goals and achievements, and motivate each other to keep moving forward. Oh yeah, and then there’s the chance that you could win a trip to France, too.
Imagine how motivated we’d all feel if all exercise activities ended with a chance to win a free vacation.
Learn more at checkpointsrace.com.