What is a Virtual Relay and How to Host One

COVID-19 has affected all sectors of life — including athletics. However, many innovative individuals have taken to finding loopholes in the system. One that has particularly caught our eye: virtual relays. I'll help explain what exactly these relays entail and how you can personally host one.

What is a Virtual Relay and How to Host One

COVID-19 has affected all sectors of life — whether it be work, errands, travel, or social hangouts. One realm that was immediately shut down as the virus became more prevalent was athletics. Unfortunately, most sports and forms of physical exercise involve close proximity to others. However, just because you may have to keep your distance doesn’t necessarily mean the show can’t go on.

Millions of individuals around the world have shown their ingenuity by getting crafty with their everyday life. One notable substitute that’s caught our eye: virtual relays.

What is a Virtual Relay?

A virtual relay is a relay race that occurs with the aid of the internet. As would occur with any relay race, there are teams composed of several members that each take turns completing a portion of a racecourse. While it is most commonly associated with running, a relay race can be composed of any number of activities —for instance, swimming.

In respect of social-distancing, each teammate is to complete their portion of the race from the comfort of their own residence or city and log their completed leg online. Therefore, it is “virtual.”

A popular, recent example of a virtual relay would be the MA-RA-TH-ON global relay that occurred on June 6-7th. Thousands of runners around the world competed in teams of 4, each teammate running a 10.5k. The winning teams received a prize but almost every team walked away with the satisfaction of getting to once again compete.

How to Host One?

It’s pretty simple. First, what action are you performing in this competition? Are the teams running and if so, what distance? Are they building something? Skiing? Once you know the basis of the competition, you’re going to want to pick a date and an allotted time. Some virtual relays select a 24 hour span that each teammate is to complete their leg of the race within.

Now, formulate teams. Best part about a virtual relay is that your teammates can reside almost anywhere in the world, so reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues from anywhere and everywhere. If you use Kapwing's Studio you can easily make a formal invitation to send out!

Next, you’ll have to decide on how to keep track of each competitor’s leg. For running relays, each racer is expected to track their mileage and time via running apps such as Garmin or Strava. If the competition doesn’t involve running, you could possibly choose to live stream the relay instead.

Finally, have fun!

When it’s all over and you’ve successfully hosted and competed in a virtual relay — make a video to remember it by! With Kapwing’s Video Editor tool, you can easily piece together videos and pictures to create something neat to remember the day by.

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