On Sunday, I participated in another virtual 10k organized by VRC that benefits the National Park Foundation. You might recall, I also ran a 10k for the National Park Service’s birthday last year and I confessed my love for the National Parks and the outdoors.
This time the race was in honor of Yellowstone’s 145th Birthday. Yellowstone NP was the first national park in the US and it was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872.*
Yellowstone is one of the parks that I haven’t been to, but which is definitely on my bucket list. I want to see the Old Faithful Geysir, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and the buffalos!
But, I do love all the National Parks, I love the National Park Foundation and its work, and it makes sense to run for a good cause like this. I mean, if I go for a run anyway, why not run with a purpose when possible?
I only found out about the race last weekend myself (I need to pay more attention apparently) and signed up right away. To be honest, I run as much for the good cause as I run for this awesome race shirt and the beautiful medal. I can’t wait for both items to get here.
Like last time, a portion of the registration fee goes to the National Park Foundation, so it didn’t take much convincing for me to sign up. And I think you can still join (the “official race day” is today, but I ran my 10k on Sunday already (that’s why I split my 9.5 miles in two parts last weekend – aha!) and I think you have until March, 31 to run and report your time.
Have you run virtual races for a good cause? If you haven’t, would you consider running virtual races?