Pärnu Two Bridges club invites both new and experienced sports fans of all ages despite the physique to participate in this year’s virtual race either by running or (Nordic) walking. Both e-marathon (i.e. Pärnu County Victory Day marathon; half and full length marathon), Pärnu Summer Run (10 km), and children’s races are scheduled.
As public events are prohibited until the end of June by a decision of the Estonian Government, virtual races provide a pleasant opportunity to spend time in the company of friends and test the form. Everyone can take part in the races at any time between June 18th and 24th in a favourable place around the world. However, a log of mobile application or sports watch (to prove the distance completed) must be uploaded via the website form by June 26th at the latest. Screenshots are also taken into account and the rules allow one to run or go on a treadmill.
All participants will receive a special medal and those who have chosen the package with a shirt (on 21- or a 42-kilometer distance) will receive a unique Craft sports shirt. In addition, participants will receive a virtual bib number and after completing the distance can download an electronic diploma from the protocol. A large number of partner awards will be drawn between all participants.
“In parallel with the classic Victory Day marathon, we have been organizing virtual races for several years, so we were smoothly able to rearrange due to the coronavirus. This way, participants can take a piece of Pärnu and Pärnu County to wherever they are staying. Of course, we are also waiting for people in the summer capital for this period: choose a pleasant accommodation, enjoy the summer life and also do your run or hike here: that’s what the best vacation plan for this year could look like. Summer starts in Pärnu,” said Vahur Mäe, the chief organizer of the club’s sports events.
According to the organizer, all participants make a strong contribution to the possible continuance of sportive events that Two Bridges club is organizing to offer positive emotions to the people. Each participant makes a small but significant contribution to the Two Bridges Club survival during this difficult time by coming to the track. During the crisis, many have started moving actively, so we are also expecting to see newcomers. The private environment of virtual races creates a great opportunity for this.
Another charity aspect of the virtual races is the support of young jet athlete Jasmiin Üpraus: three euros from each participation fee is donated to a talented Pärnu woman for her preparatory actions. Why does Üpraus recommend moving virtually?
“Everyone can set such a goal: to move at a favourable time and place. Definitely it is worth bringing a little spice to life and taking on new challenges. The big plus of this venture is flexibility: no one has to feel stressed, because the choice of location and pace is up to you. So, let’s move and breathe fresh air,” said the virtual race ambassador Üpraus, who recently has been running more and more besides her main field, and she is also planning to participate in e-marathon. “Long distance running is a new thing for me, but now that the volume of running training has doubled, I feel very good,” said the athlete.