• Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

A Look Back at the Pandemic Virtual Races. They Kept Me Going Safely.

2020 - 2021 Medals, Race Reports, Blog Posts, and Videos.



Two years ago this past April I ran my first virtual race - the Blue Ridge Marathon. I won a race entry to this marathon on BibRave #bibchat on Twitter. I was all set to run it in Virginia but the the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled live races.


I was happy race directors created alternative virtual races, Runners ran/walked them virtually throughout the world, apart but connected. I was happy to pay the registration fees. I was glad to still be moving safely alone, with my husband Jon, and with my mask.


I ran 8 virtual races - 2 marathons and 6 ultras. I ran/walked in the spring, summer, fall, and winter; in heat, wind, rain, and in cold temps, in daylight and nighttime.


Here are my race reports via blog posts, videos, or a quick review, starting with the 2020 Blue Ridge marathon and ending with the 2021 Boston Marathon.


Blue Ridge Marathon

Race Report


Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24-Hour Virtual 50K+ Solo Challenge


The Great Florida Traverse Tip to Tip 128 Miler

Race Report


The Great Florida Traverse All the Way 901 Miler

Race Report



Dirty German 50


I first ran the Dirty German 50-mile trail ultra in 2013. It was my first DNF. Then I ran it again in 2016 and placed 3rd female in my age group. When it was offered as a virtual event in 2020, I signed up and collected miles simultaneously while running the Great Florida Traverse Tip to Tip All the Way 901 miler. No race report but for my $30 fee and my 50 miles, I got a medal and an awesome jacket.



Aravaipa Running Across the Globe 10-Day


I participated in the 2019-2020 ATY 48 hour. I celebrated my 61st birthday at this awesome ultra. Here's the video race report. The 2020 - 2021 Aravaipa Running Across the Years ultras were cancelled in 2020-2021. But the alternative virtual Across the Globe 10-Day event took place place Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 6, 2021. I continued to run for cancer caregivers and celebrated my 62nd birthday while running the virtual ATG. When it was all over, I had logged 180.34 miles. Here's a short video.




Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 50K Run

Race Report


Boston Marathon

Race Report


Here's to many more miles and races no matter the distance, virtual and real. They help us to cope and to keep going in difficult and challenging times. Stay safe. Run well.


©2022


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