There’s nothing more motivating for some runners than challenging another runner to a race. Unfortunately, due to schedules, career, family, and other demands, the two “rivals” may not be able to get together in the same place of the same time.

Technology now allows runners to race one another when they live hundreds or thousands of miles apart. Various platforms (most commonly GPS) can track speed and distance and compare progress with others.

Because there is a date on the calendar and an opponent, runners tend to get in more of the scheduled training runs. On days when they tend to slack off, they imagine that their competitor is getting in a good workout. This tends to get lazy runners out the door.

Developing a strategy keeps one focused and under the control of the frontal lobe – as does analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent. This gives one more control over positive attitude hormones and can reduce the production of negative ones.

Comparing notes, arranging competition, setting up the ground rules all serve to bring the two runners together. Even before the big day, the bonding occurs.

Runners who have shied away from competitive experiences have embraced virtual racing. It offers fun on several levels. 

Virtual Racing Guidelines:

  • Level course – or similar terrain
  • Comparable weather – or adjustments
  • Practice on the technology
  • Set up rules between one another


Jeff Galloway Resources: Visit the E-Shop where you will find “100 Reasons To Run…Now!” and other books for your running library. 

Join us in Atlanta for the 2016 Jeff Galloway Race Weekend! To register or find out more information on the JG 13.1 race, Barb’s 5K, Fit Kids Run and other weekend events go to:    New this year: THE DOUBLE G!

Register for the Double G and get a JG-branded puffer vest!* 
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to complete the First Annual Double G! The Double G includes everything you love about the Jeff Galloway Race Weekend (the JG 13.1, Barb’s 5K, and the Jeff Galloway Race expo) with an extra 3rd medal for completing both races!

*While supplies last

If you are unable to attend the race weekend in Atlanta, check out the virtual options.