I received an e-mail the other day inviting me to enter a virtual half marathon. I was intrigued and continued reading.
The Nike Women’s marathon sold out in a matter of hours and so Nike and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have teamed up to coordinate a virtual half marathon for all the rest of us that aren’t heading to San Francisco in October for the real deal.
The e-mail detailed how for just the price of the entry fee, our data will be downloaded and recorded from our home course, in our hometown. And for finishing our virtual half marathon, we’d be rewarded with a keyring made by Tiffany & Co. in addition to receiving a finisher’s shirt.
I was so pumped by this point I was almost trembling!
So I continued reading.
In order to get your data downloaded, the participant would need to have the Nike+ sport system.
And an iPod.
And the Nike+ shoes.
I’d have no problem going out and purchasing the sport system and I have an iPod already.
I told the Writer about the race and she was as intrigued as I was. I told her I was heading to the store to see if we really have to buy their shoes.
We really do. She e-mailed me an excerpt from the race FAQs talking about what we’d need, I confirmed it when I went to the store.
This is a major problem as I’ve been training in Saucony for almost a year (in my second pair, almost ready for my third) and I’m not about to give them up “just” for a race. The Writer feels the same way about her Asics.
So, no go on the virtual half marathon. Fortunately for both of us, the San Antonio race will take place three weeks later.
It would have been really cool to have one of those Tiffany & Co. keyrings, though.