Virtual Race 2015: The Results Are In

This week, our first-ever Virtual Race was completed, and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Well over 2000 race entries were submitted to our Live Leaderboard, and our fastest runners racked up some truly impressive times:

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Represented among just those twenty entries are Canada, USA, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and the UK, showing just how international the race was.

Of course, Zombies, Run! isn’t about speed – it’s about making running exciting and fun, no matter your pace. The fact that our Virtual Race was the first time a lot of our runners had taken part in 5k or 10k bears this out. We’re really happy we’ve found a brand new way to motivate people to run further and faster than ever!

An online leaderboard wouldn’t be complete without spurious and fun stats like these:

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That’s the whole 10-hour Lord of the Rings trilogy, mind you!

Here’s two sets of 5k ‘race triplets’ who have exactly the same time, from Hong Kong, USA, Canada, and Germany:

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And in our 10k event, Runner 500-502 (just as important as Runner 5!) are from Sweden, USA, and Canada.

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The Virtual Race didn’t take place in virtual conditions – people had to run in the real world to get their times, and brave some pretty tough weather, as softwood13 discovered in the snow and north wind of the Yukon:

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After the race, our entrants were finally able to open the precious, tempting red envelope containing their medal and certificate, as ably demonstrated by peter_chan and his feline assistant:

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Virtual Race 2: Coming Spring 2016

A massive 99.9% of Virtual Race entrants told us in a survey that they’d enter again… so who are we to deny them? 

Our next Virtual Race will take place in Spring next year, and it’ll be bigger and better than ever. We’re paying attention to all the great constructive feedback we’ve received, and working on improving the different entry options, along with the leaderboards, story, and race packet.

Want to make sure you’re in the next ZR Virtual Race? Sign up here:

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Tell me when the next ZR Virtual Race is open!

Once again, thank you to everyone who entered – we had a great time racing with you!

And They’re Off!

Since Friday, the first-ever Zombies, Run! Virtual Race has already been completed over 800 times, totalling a distance of 5,300km! You can see all the entrants on our Live Leaderboard

Unlike traditional races, our Virtual Race can be run anywhere at any time during the race week. Some Runners Five have bravely raced for the glory of Abel on their own, while others have organised meetups around the world:

Hyde Park, London

Upstate New York

Philadelphia Art Museum

It’s been a blast seeing everyone’s stories from the Virtual Race, and there’s plenty more coming in the rest of the race week!