Running Events

AIR:RUN Announces Virtual Challenges Ahead of October In-Person Event

6 Jul, 2020

AIR:RUN, the running event created by the organizers of Richmond Runfest, has partnered with virtual events platform,, to offer virtual running challenges ahead of its race in Richmond Park, London, on October 25.

Over the coming weeks, runners can select a range of distances via the realbuzz platform, from one mile for families, to 5km, 10km and 13.1 mile distances. Entrants have until 1 June to enter the virtual challenge and submit proof of their distance and time. Once the evidence has been approved, entrants will receive one of AIR:RUN’s distinctive triangle-shaped medals, as well as a certificate.

The virtual challenges are open to new runners and those that want to enter as part of their training regime, as well as entrants that are unable to attend the newly scheduled race in October, which was originally due to take place in May.

AIR:RUN adds that “Runners will also benefit from a thriving online community and support as they take on these challenges, and places are being offered for free to individuals and families who would usually volunteer at the event.”

Entrants to the event can also benefit from AIR:RUN’s dedicated collaboration with fitness app EASTNINE, which coaches runners through their chosen distance over their own or AIR:RUN’s dedicated playlists.

Tom Bedford, Race Director at AIR:RUN and Richmond Runfest, said “We wanted to find a way to support our running community in the months leading up to our first AIR:RUN event, and these virtual challenges will allow us to continue to engage with our runners online. Now, our runners won’t miss out on the excitement and rewards that come with having a challenge to look forward to. From start to finish, the realbuzz team has made the process of setting up and entering these virtual challenges simple and straightforward.”

Tim Rogers, CEO at realbuzz, said “We have a longstanding relationship with the AIR:RUN and Richmond Runfest team, and it has been fantastic to be a part of their journey and see their events grow over the years. The AIR:RUN team is already using technology to enhance its events through its innovative app, and this software, combined with these virtual challenges, means that runners can benefit from the support and atmosphere that comes with a race environment, whether they’re in Richmond Park or pounding their local streets.”


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