Although there have been a couple in-person races in the St. Louis area, I still just prefer virtual races for now. Due to Covid, the race market is suddenly flooded with virtual races so when I received an email about a virtual race with unusual distance options, I just knew that I had to sign up. The race was called "Stranger Distances" and it offered a 3.2 mile, 6.7 mile, and an 11.11 mile option that was offered through an organization called All Community Events. My friend and I have slowly been building our mileage since this summer so although I wanted to sign up for the 11.11 mile option, I decided that the 6.7 mile option was much more attainable.
Once you registered, you had up until Halloween to complete your selected mileage. I selected a random weekend with warm weather to run the 6.7 miles with my friend. We didn't do anything special to prepare other than setting our long run goal for 6.7 miles that day. We started the race from a gorgeous park in Town and Country, MO called Longview Farm Park. It connects to a wide asphalt path that runs along Clayton Road and connects to several other parks. Since I have never run this distance before, our finish time was definitely a PR for both of us. We actually completed the race on October 10 and then a week or so later, the race shirt arrived. For this race, I opted not to pay the extra $10 (I think) for a medal and the bib was emailed to you to print at home. What I like about the shirt is that it is long sleeve, so it will be perfect to wear this fall and winter on my long runs.
Below are some pictures from the Stranger Distance 6.7 Mile race.
|Beautiful Fall Colors
|Race shirt and printable bib were included in the registration fee