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Virtual Races 2020

Virtual Races 2020

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What is a virtual run, bike or swim?

Virtual races are all the rage these days. What is a virtual event? Picture a race that you can do all on your own, from any place at any time. You still get a commemorative medal and cool race t-shirt, and your results get posted online so you can stay motivated to achieve your goals.

You get to race without the big crowds, the long lines, the wait for an open porta-potty, and the pressure of running with other participants.

After your run, bike or swim, you can submit your finish time to post on our results page.

You can also share photos of you and your friends wearing any cool swag and sporting the medal you achieved from your virtual run.

Virtual races give you an extra spark in your run that you can share with friends and family of your accomplishments!

Here are 11 other awesome reasons to sign-up for a Virtual Race!

1. To Stay Safe During a pandemic

Avoiding big crowds is in everyone’s best interest right now. Crowded start lines and after-parties are not in anyone’s interest as we get through this pandemic and stay socially distanced. Here at iDaph Events, we are having smaller in-person sport events in a socially distanced format to avoid any crowding at the start and finish lines, and we are adhering to the CDC guidelines to keep participants safe. But for those who do not feel comfortable or are more susceptible, virtual races are a great way to go and help you stay committed to your goals. 

2. Motivation

Having a goal such as a virtual race is a great way to stay motivated. Now that we are all running and cycling more, posting our personal race results online is a great way to show off your achievements. You avoid big crowds but still get the benefits of racing, and you’re sticking to your goal of staying healthy and fit!

3. The Medal

Who doesn’t love a little bling? Our race medals show off our own personal achievements, and we love showing them to our family and friends. Virtual races are no exception - and you get the medal mailed right to your door!

4. For the Sense of Accomplishment

Quite often what we need is having a sense of accomplishment, which comes from committing to a goal such as a virtual race. While it sometimes feels like the world around us is falling apart, at least a race can keep us focused on something positive and just for ourselves. Plus you feel like a badass. It helps us in all aspects of life!

5. For the Shirt

Have you seen our race shirts? Here at iDaph Events we take pride in our beautifully designed and custom-made shirts. They’re super comfy, unique, and oh, the colors! One of the  best ways to show off your accomplishment is by wearing a shirt that has your race on it. And again - it’s mailed to your door!

6. For the Finish Time

It’s great to be able to share your results and achievements with your friends! What better way than to have the results posted online. Submitting your results is easier than ever, and you can compare your time with others, if that’s what motivates you. You can see your friends’ times too and give them kudos. Knowing others will see your time can give you that extra push you need to accomplish your goals!

Check out our Lung Buster Series - our “virtual” series of cycling events. The Lung Buster Series is going on RIGHT NOW, and those who sign up receive exclusive emails with marked courses, race tips, and we have Cheer Nights for those who need that extra boost of motivation. This is a series of cycling events that take place in WNC, and are a great way to ride solo and post your time online. 

CHECK OUT OUR LUNG BUSTER SERIES

7. To Avoid Large Crowds

When you start a race, you’re often lumped in with hundreds if not thousands of other athletes. This can be frustrating and stressful. Yes large crowds do have their draw, but sometimes it’s better to just get away and allow yourself to run, bike or swim without the pressure of other participants.

It allows you to focus more on YOU and your personal race. And during this COVID-19 pandemic, avoiding large crowds is more important than ever.

8. To Avoid the Pressure of Time Limits

If you take a little longer to finish races (particularly longer distances), it’s good to not feel the pressure of getting left behind, being the last participant, or even worse – having the course close down on you.

Virtual races give you the flexibility to not only to run, bike or swim on your own time but also your own pace, and you can take as much time as you’d like. 

9. Support small business or a good cause

Every business has been affected by COVID-19, and iDaph Events is no exception. As we strive to keep our small business going and figure out creative ways to hold safe, in-person events, our virtual races help support our business and keep it open. They also help support our iDream Foundation, which helps to support local cycling and swim groups in our community. 

We don’t know what the future holds and when large, in-person sport events will return to the racing world, but virtual races can help keep our business and other event businesses afloat so we can have unique in-person sport events again in the future. Our events also help support local charities, such as the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries. 

Swim, bike and run virtually!

 These are just some of the many reasons virtual races are a great option! The VIRTUAL Asheville Triathlon allows you to swim, bike and run on your own time without the transition, so you can do each sport on a different day if you’d like, or do them all together like on race day. There’s no pressure, no embarrassing transition moments…and you get to time yourself in all three sports and see your accomplishments online. Learn more by clicking the button below.

All of our events have a virtual option

All of our events here at iDaph Events have a virtual option and we strongly encourage signing up for them! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at support@idaph.net. We hope to see you online! Stay active and let’s move forward together.  

Mills River Lung Buster Time Trial Results and Recap

Mills River Lung Buster Time Trial Results and Recap

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Wave Starts for Light Up the Night 5K

Wave Starts for Light Up the Night 5K

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2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

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Asheville Triathlon

Asheville Triathlon

2020 Asheville Triathlon - swim, bike, run

iDaph Events is excited to once again bring back this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon!
The race consists of a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike course and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon great for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner tri-athletes love this race! Elite athletes – get ready for a PR!

This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites.

NEW FOR 2020: NEW LOCATION!
This year the Asheville Triathlon will take place in Patton Park, Hendersonville, NC! DIRECTIONS TO PATTON PARK

Patton Park is run by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Asheville. The park consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The bike and run will use parts of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway.

Swim

The 400 meter swim takes place in Patton Pool, an Olympic sized 50 meter lap pool with 8 lanes. We will space the swimmers in time trial starts. THIS IS NOT LIKE PAST EVENTS! EACH SWIMMER MAY NEED TO START A MINUTE AFTER THE SWIMMER IN FRONT OF THEM TO ALLOW ENOUGH DISTANCE. Participants will have a time trial start with plenty of time between each swimmer and will be organized in wave starts according to their estimated 100 yard swim time. Swimmers will flow in one direction in the lane.

Bike

The 12.5 mile bike course rolls through the quiet and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville, exits the Greenway and flows along a ‘rolling’ course through Henderson County countryside roads. Cyclists will return to the park by way of the Greenway and back to the transition zone.

Run

The 5k run is FAST and for the most part-flat, except for one little dipper hill that you will crest before entering back to the park. The entire 5k run is on the quiet, shaded and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville. The section of the greenway used for this event will run towards Jackson Park. There will only be a short section where the bike/run overlap. The route is an out-and-back, lollipop course, with one ‘self-service’ water station at the halfway point. We do encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition and refreshments for this event.

 

 

The Big Run

The Big Run

For the third year, Fleet Feet and Brooks will come together on June 5 to host The Big Run. The annual nationwide 5K brings thousands of runners together on Global Running Day to do what we love most—run. Ours is a certified USATF 5k route!

Why The Big Run?

Because we want to bring running to more communities; we want more people to set goals and meet them; we want more people to experience that feeling of accomplishment as they cross the finish line.

We hear you. We miss you. We are ready to move into the future and we know you are too!

We hear you. We miss you. We are ready to move into the future and we know you are too!

Collage of former race events photos

Here’s what’s up next for iDaph Events

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our athletes, friends, and families for being extremely supportive during these unprecedented times. It has been such a wild few weeks and we miss seeing all of you! We cannot thank you enough for all your kind words, texts and emails. Your support of our small business is so appreciated! 

As we all know, COVID-19 has completely decimated the events Industry. Just a few months ago, the thought of the potential simultaneous cancellation/postponement of every event in the world would have been considered completely ludicrous… and an impossibility of epic proportions. 

So where are we right now and what is the plan? The only way we are going to overcome this as a community, as a nation, and as global citizens, is if we all do our part. Our part here at iDaph Events is to continue to provide opportunities to our community to consistently tune their bodies through physical movement, to help everyone stay motivated and to achieve fitness goals. We believe wholeheartedly that by moving your body every day, you are not only going to be in good physical shape but also in a more positive mental state.

Right now, EVERY one of us needs tools and help to keep our heads on straight. Yes, times have changed, and that means we have to be even more creative about event experiences now and as we move into the future. We are ready, and from what we have heard from all of you, you are too! 

Stay tuned on new offerings for upcoming events

Each of our events that we design and produce and own (7 events) — and the ones we oversee and produce for our clients (20+ events) — are unique and are by no means ‘cookie-cutter.’ Therefore, each individual event will take meticulous evaluation and planning to ensure the utmost safety for all attendees. We are working on plans and updates for each of our upcoming events and our partner events for the remainder of this year. You will see new offerings from us including updated cancellation and deferral policies to allow you more time to make decisions regarding your participation. We will also be offering new virtual event experiences for the majority of our events so that regardless of what may happen in the next day, week and months, you will also have a fantastic virtual experience.

We are working with several partners on these virtual offerings and will continue to provide upgrades to these experiences as the technology evolves. We are really excited about the virtual event space and how it has evolved in just a short amount of time. We admit we were all skeptics of virtual events before we participated in them, but now we realize there is a great deal of fun, excitement and motivation to be had by participating in virtual events!  

The Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride

We are kicking things off here on June 1st with a brand new virtual event: The Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride and we are pumped! As we have been deep cleaning and moving our warehouse/office operations to another facility, we have found lots of awesome treasures over the last few months! Get ‘re-charged’ and motivated by joining your community of runners and cyclists in this virtual run or bike event and join us for a ‘Vintage Style’ Virtual run and ride experience.

We plan to launch another Virtual Challenge soon and bring back an oldie-but goodie event series that has a style that fits perfectly in this pandemic! Stay tuned!

Asheville Triathlon and Light Up the Night 5K

Our two upcoming events within the city limits: the Asheville Triathlon and Light Up the Night 5K presented by Western Carolina Rescue Ministry are currently being adjusted based on city requirements for upcoming events. We are very hopeful that we can produce some version of each of these events! We are in contact with the city and we will keep everyone informed with these adjustments. We will make final decisions about each of these events on or by July 1, 2020. 

We paused all our event registrations on March 13th, due to the uncertainty of gatherings and restrictions. We will be slowly opening up most of our event registration platforms this month, so stay tuned to the iDaph website, our blog, the Facebook page and Instagram for those updates! 

The Plan! (For Now)

As of right now, here’s the plan:

June 1 thru June 14th: BRAND NEW!  Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride

July 4: Firecracker 5k presented by Brevard Rotary 

Our friends at the Brevard Rotary Club are planning a virtual run for July 4th week. They are working on putting together a plan to also hopefully produce some in-person activities. Stay tuned to their registration page for updates to the event. 

July 19: Asheville Triathlon - limited registration and a new virtual option will be open by the end of this week. 

August 7: Light up the Night 5k presented by Western Carolina Rescue Ministry (WCRM)  - limited registration and a new virtual option will be open by the end of this week. 

September 7: Tour d’Apple presented by Four Seasons Rotary Club

This bike ride in Henderson County is one of the Four Seasons Rotary Club largest fundraisers. They are hopeful that there will be some version of the event permissible by September.

Online registration will open again soon. Stay up-to-date through the FB page and TDA website. 

September 12: Rock the Quarry presented by Hedrick Industries

September 20: Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is just as excited as we are at iDaph events to produce this event in the fall! We are working closely with Biltmore on establishing new event safety plans and protocols. Registration will open again soon with additional options for deferrals plus a new virtual event experience will be offered. 

October 17: Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint - Registration opening this summer!

November 26: Biltmore Park Turkey Trot - Registration opening this summer!

By no means is this calendar set in stone. However, we will try to host the events that we have scheduled on their original dates because rescheduling could be very difficult for us, you, our partners and other event companies in our community. If you read our blog What will sport events look like when they come back?, I was quoted saying, “Rescheduling for later in the year has its own problems: There is already an endurance event scheduled for nearly every weekend in our area. We project that large events and gatherings could take much longer to revive themselves. How large is too large is the question… is 100 people too high of a risk for an endurance event?”

Getting creative

We are having to get very creative with events as we work on re-opening plans. We are up for the challenge! 

The only thing we ask of you is that you understand that in each and every decision we make, we’re making it in the best interest of the athlete, the communities in which these events are held, and in a manner that will allow iDaph Events to survive and ultimately thrive once we slingshot through this pandemic.

I believe that we are a community of determined, endurance-loving humans and that we all have the strength to pick ourselves up and start again. The more we can all lift each other up to find that strength, the better we all will be — even if that means we make small baby steps, each and every day to reach our ultimate goal. We look forward to seeing you on the start lines virtually and in person again soon!

‍My Best, 

Daphne Kirkwood

Daphne Kirkwood, owner of iDaph Events

Entrepreneur | Athlete | Mom

Past iDaph Blogs

Mills River Lung Buster Time Trial Results and Recap

Mills River Lung Buster Time Trial Results and Recap

Congratulations for completing the Mills River Time Trial Woohooo you did it! Virtual high five! We are excited to announce that the results are in for the Mills River Time Trial Series! Thank you for participating in the series! Although we are mostly riding solo...

Wave Starts for Light Up the Night 5K

Wave Starts for Light Up the Night 5K

The 2nd Annual Light Up the Night 5K looks quite different from last year's 5K. Due to COVID-19 and the guidelines we are putting in place in order to adhere to the current NC guidelines AND encourage social distancing, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE RULES AND CHANGES TO...

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenging event that has grown into a local and regional favorite over the years. Our 2019 event was our biggest event to date, and we were anticipating an even bigger number in 2020. We were looking...

Endurance Sports Coalition: How you can help save your local sport community

Endurance Sports Coalition: How you can help save your local sport community

Tell Congress to Save Endurance Sports 

We’re all feeling the impacts of COVID-19 right now and we hope you’re staying safe and healthy. Our world has changed so much in the past few weeks, and despite the steady stream of bad news, some of it is for the better. More people have taken up running and cycling than ever before in such a short time frame.

People of all abilities across the country are focusing on at-home workouts, healthier eating and spending more time being present with their families. When it’s safe to go back outside again there may very well be another boom in endurance sports.

We need your help to reach that point. The endurance sports industry, including the running, cycling, triathlon and obstacle course events you love, has been hit hard by COVID-19. We were some of the first gatherings and events to be cancelled, and depending on when and how the economy restarts, we may be some of the last to be allowed to resume operations. We rely on your registration fees to pay our staff and keep the lights on, allowing us to host the events that keep you fit and deliver crucial economic impact to our area.

Together, we’ve joined forces with over 600 other event organizers and industry members to form the Endurance Sports Coalition. We’re asking Congress to extend additional support to our industry and other long-term impacted businesses, so that we are able to deliver the events you love once it is safe to do so.

Supporting our cause is easy, and it is important that your voice is heard.  Visit https://www.endurancesportscoalition.org/take-action to sign our petition or send a message to your elected officials. Let them know why iDaph Events is so important to you, and how critical it is to ensure that the endurance sports and fitness industry survives this current situation.

We know we are not the only business and industry who is experiencing unprecedented challenges in the wake of this worldwide situation, and we recognized that many of you may be facing hardship yourself. Perseverance, mental grit, and true determination will see us through this - just like it does on the race course.

Thank you for your support,

Daphne Kirkwood, Owner of iDaph Events & Timing

Past iDaph Blogs

Mills River Lung Buster Time Trial Results and Recap

Mills River Lung Buster Time Trial Results and Recap

Congratulations for completing the Mills River Time Trial Woohooo you did it! Virtual high five! We are excited to announce that the results are in for the Mills River Time Trial Series! Thank you for participating in the series! Although we are mostly riding solo...

Wave Starts for Light Up the Night 5K

Wave Starts for Light Up the Night 5K

The 2nd Annual Light Up the Night 5K looks quite different from last year's 5K. Due to COVID-19 and the guidelines we are putting in place in order to adhere to the current NC guidelines AND encourage social distancing, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE RULES AND CHANGES TO...

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenging event that has grown into a local and regional favorite over the years. Our 2019 event was our biggest event to date, and we were anticipating an even bigger number in 2020. We were looking...