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if phone and AI helps you to run your best marathon...

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virtual run club/coaching/advisory in hydration and nutrition...

then with Virtual AI VR Race...apps-enabled event...human hospitility/service layer can be handled by techy "bot"... 

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Unlikely that just using phone and AI can help people to troubleshoot their fitness quickly. Technology is more like an enabler/tool to help us and having good data on our running activities, we can better adjust our training approach.

Thanks to the article shared by @kohpapa 

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9 hours ago, trailblazer said:

Unlikely that just using phone and AI can help people to troubleshoot their fitness quickly. Technology is more like an enabler/tool to help us and having good data on our running activities, we can better adjust our training approach.

Thanks to the article shared by @kohpapa 

@trailblazer, Virtual Run Club (a community of virtual runners, event organizers, sports nutritionists)....Virtual Run Coach (apps/bots)...wearable VR Tech Sensory Devices...homebased/offsite run...

lately, see determined Virtual Runners in active mode...challenging themselves as though they are on Virtual Race with fast paced...very motivating regardless of day/night...rain/shine...

importantly, notice that there is no need for road closures, and cause inconvenience to non-runners, as well as, since there is no need to provide massive hydration and nutrition needs for events...no cups and rubbish thrown away...

Race"Less" run may become a norm in future...who needs race the most...the Elites because of Qualifying and because they need them for their incomes as essentials....

Race"Less" run also means...those that do not need medals, finisher tees and certificates as tangibles..are spared of the $$$...and those that still desire or are motivated by their achievements in runs on the tangibles...can choose or customize on the quality...like if the medal is not ELM...then the Race (Vitual/in-Person) is not worth the effort to participate...

win-win for all...👍

 

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I like how you coin the Race"Less'" and it is starting to happen as we are speaking now.

Unless running events are essential needs to certain group of runners such as elite runners dependent on such income, the majority have to slowly cope without mass running events to prevent possible COVID-19 outbreak. Hopefully there will be increased awareness to protect the environment with lesser mass running events for now.

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i also like the way @kohpapaterm the Race"Less" which can be race less or simply no races.... 

Let's hope that this will also allow the organisers to take a step back and think about how they have treated runners over the years with the ever growing fees and ever decreasing benefits....

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when SCSM 2020 announced Virtual Run Club...reminded of the days..Run Club members seen "putting on distance in their runs" with the Pacers (weekly)...and race organizers began to pile up the mileage for the events - Newton Run 32km...just to be ready for the grand finale of a Dec (end of the year) Marathon distance run...

but, nowadays, Virtual Runners...do not really need to be go through the norm...like we must "peak" for an endurance race...and must "taper" well during off-season...because race organizers  offer "differential mileage" race events..well defined run calendar based on mileage and season...

just to share... future runners will be even more tech-savvy...and wearable technology is going to be providing more complex data...real time data will be dramatically uploaded as well as downloaded with the advancement of 5G or advanced wireless technology...perhaps in the new norm of a Race"less" scenario, you can Stop Counting You Running Mileage...

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explain: because in everyone's Virtual Run Race...you can simply adopt Fresh, Tired and Hard run with Technology...according to your biomechanics (data supplied real time) and it will always cautious you of "extremity" in the activity which will cause injury...important is how to sustain injury-free peak performance to continue to run for all seasons...

so, as long as sustainable running style (Fresh, Tired and Hard) is monitored and controlled by apps/phone/wearable tech... there is no reason for events to be planned according to the "peaking" and "tapering" due to mileage...so we have everyone really run Virtual Marathon in any country of your choice...at any time and any season to your liking...really there is now a Flexi Virtual Run calendar...and no longer a fixed peaking or tapering running seasonal calendar...

Race"less" also means...there is no need for race organizer to offer logistics and volunteers or even spectators to be present...wearable VR shall be able to provide the "immersive" feel of running in a Reality Race....nutrition and hydration needs are constantly monitored..of course apps will lead you to your checkpoint which virtually, you can plan to eat or drink at a place of your choice...and your nearest location for proper disposal of your waste...both human or/ and non-carbon or green and non-green friendly...environmental... 

thanks to Covid-19...Race is for essentials-only...Race"less" is to cut the middle layer on the marketing gimmicks (we call that cost/expenses to be bear by clients or runners) that we don't really need...and for those who opt for quality merchandise for your achievement needs...you will have a better choice...otherwise, No Race...leading to Race"less"...just Race Essentials..

day/night...do you need to run Sundown "Virtual" because it is offered for Evening/Night...Already, SCSM Virtual Race...0500 to 2359 hours...


 

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18 minutes ago, kohpapa said:

so, as long as sustainable running style (Fresh, Tired and Hard) is monitored and controlled by apps/phone/wearable tech... there is no reason for events to be planned according to the "peaking" and "tapering" due to mileage...so we have everyone really run Virtual Marathon in any country of your choice...at any time and any season to your liking...

Race"less" also means...there is no need for race organizer to offer logistics and volunteers or even spectators to be present...wearable VR shall be able to provide the "immersive" feeling of running in a Reality Race....nutrition and hydration needs are constantly monitored..of course apps will lead you to your checkpoint which virtually, you can plan to eat or drink at a place of your choice...

thanks to Covid-19...Race for essentials-only...Race"less" is to cut the middle layer on the marketing gimmicks that we don't really need...and for those who opt for quality merchandise for your achievement needs...you will have a better choice...otherwise, No Race...leading to Race"less"...just Race Essentials.


 

i still think the part that is missing out in your view of future races is still the " social aspect with people". 

1. Large group of runners in perspiration (for some) waiting in their pen for the flag off

2. runners running together towards same destination, same walking right at the start

3. volunteers trying hard to meet demand of runners by pouring water/isotonic in cups as fast as their fingers could, some ask u to pour on your own cause they are short handed

4. road marshallers/volunteers/students dozing off or shouting at the top of their lungs while we ran past them

5. Trying to wonder why some runners have totally DRY tops when it is at 35km in a race when your socks are drenched wet

6. volunteers denying a runner from taking additional bottle of isotonic or banana....

All these are the social aspects that we used to dislike but now seemed like we took it for granted too......😉

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must agree on @trailblazer on the future norm, a mindset of what is future (race) on what if....present norm of large-scale running events with "large crowd"...is now longer "practiced" because of Covid-19 social distancing measure, will there be contact"less" perspective like Virtual Club and Virtual Race alternative (which is already in place)...and perhaps...maybe are in-person run events are not relevant in the future...

we must thrive on innovation and creativity...and there is always silver lining presenting as opportunities...and perhaps the discussion may lead us to "why we didn't think of this before?"...

meantime, WHO has not declared we are Covid-free...we do not have the global vaccine yet...and already...borders of many countries are still closed (gathering of large crowd from all over the world)...some already declare till end of the year...with the option to remain close in 2021...

first if the planes or even ships are not declared "safe to travel"...there will be no international participation...but, to participate "virtually" internationally is always possible with technology...then how can "virtual reality" in race for the future be made relevant...now that is the future...essentially bonding and social spirit on the love of running globally...in a contact"less" and safe environment...then we are progressing to what has been possible always...but we have not tried many things/ideas yet...and awareness of Technology-enabled race is possible...why not we give it a try...and embrace from this angle...

at least Virtual Race works right...so what if there is no gathering of runners to socially bonded...because it not essential to meet at one place any more...in 2020 Virtual Run Races...look like they are becoming norm...so what's new next...we can discuss more...

similarly, if there is no real race in 2021 (if yes, registration for 2020 should have kick-off), followed by a 2021 Calendar of Run Events...so do we expect a 2021 Run Calendar to be ready and we plan to "peak" for the longer-endurance races like Sundown Marathon or Standard-Chartered Marathon...but, we do see many Virtual Marathons of Countries all over the World...

 

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1 hour ago, trailblazer said:

@AutumnRunner I am actually ok with these social aspects you mentioned in the six points. These six points are ironically items that large-scale running events cannot take place due to large crowd size, respiratory exchanges, person to person contact etc. 

wahahah.... actually i am exaggerating a bit lah... if i really dislike them so much, i would not have joined so many races for past years... was trying to emphasize on the social aspect "in-person" experience...

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from my observations in recent days... virtual runners go to routes "less crowded"...and their pace is fast and furious as though they are in Race...

no hard feeling @AutumnRunner, but considering you had been an important influenzer/blogger in sgRunners...and I had been in Running Coaching, so have @trailblazer...run (race in-person) has been been a little quiet...so we must adapt and adopt..

even marathoner champion Soh Run Fast...during Covid-19, with many races cancelled, postponed or gone virtual...now he got time devoted to "fighting injustice" online on anything to do with running politics in Singapore..currently, he is fighting a court case of defamation...not so much in Running race...can understand why...<no comments>... otherwise...uncle kena sued till running disposal pants drop...

 

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3 hours ago, kohpapa said:

from my observations in recent days... virtual runners go to routes "less crowded"...and their pace is fast and furious as though they are in Race...

no hard feeling @AutumnRunner, but considering you had been an important influenzer/blogger in sgRunners...and I had been in Running Coaching, so have @trailblazer...run (race in-person) has been been a little quiet...so we must adapt and adopt..

even marathoner champion Soh Run Fast...during Covid-19, with many races cancelled, postponed or gone virtual...now he got time devoted to "fighting injustice" online on anything to do with running politics in Singapore..currently, he is fighting a court case of defamation...not so much in Running race...can understand why...<no comments>... otherwise...uncle kena sued till running disposal pants drop...

 

no problem lah @kohpapa, we are all here to share on the happiness about running... but i am no influenzer nor blogger... just a runner who likes to share with others who wants to decide on what races they prefer in future.. so seemed like i will have nothing to blog on in future... hahahh....

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1 hour ago, AutumnRunner said:

no problem lah @kohpapa, we are all here to share on the happiness about running... but i am no influenzer nor blogger... just a runner who likes to share with others who wants to decide on what races they prefer in future.. so seemed like i will have nothing to blog on in future... hahahh....

really, the hard truth is...maybe...there is new norm...be a VR @AutumnRunner

because what others want to decide on what races they want and prefer...now are no longer just be listed "local" and "overseas"...but simply Global Virtual Race...

it is like...who says you cannot Run Virtual Overseas Race, when you can compete and complete you run Locally....yes, that is, Augmented VirtualR"ly"...

move on and embrace the future today, bro...exciting time ahead...Covid-19 has only accelerated what we want and must do in the future, a little bit faster this time.. because we urgently need to find out what can the future brings us...if the Covid-19 now moving on to Year 2...what if year 3, 4 and 5...

that is why, we discuss on "perspectives", and not on what we used to do presently, and in the past...

roles on who we used to be ...for uncle..official, coach, traditionalist runner who believed in hard training, long and hard runs are better for running (now it may not be needed and maybe not relevant in Virtual Race - you can run for all season, except that you must be injury-free without having peaking and tapering)...

whether blogger..or for sharing...we are happy to be here...future is what we wish today for tomorrow...(Covid-19 free)

 

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It’s only been 8 months.

That is a considerable length of time (to us) of course,, but relatively speaking, its “just the blink of an eye”, a small footnote in your lifetime- notice how those 8 months flew by so fast and its now September? 

Organizers have (for the meantime) shifted to virtual races, but this pandemic will eventually come to an end. It may not end as soon as we want it to, but I’m very certain it will (even if it takes until 2021 or even 2022…) and we will be going back to the usual events, albeit with probably more hygienic measures in place.

 

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1 hour ago, Lady Ice said:

We will be running against each other with a VR set whilst running on a tread mill:

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closer to what @Lady Ice's version...border"less", contact"less", time"less", gender"less", disability"less", prejudice"less", age"less"

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environment-friendly and carbon"less"...

of course, this will eventually affect what is Travel, Tourism, Events and Hospitality, Event Management, Road Closure"less"...

be prepared with more Virtual Races coming on board...

2 camps Virtual Race Runner vs In-place Runner...

honestly,...would you opt for Virtual Race or Real in-Person Run (post Covid-19)?

only Covid-19 pandemic has changed the equation...8+ months ago...and today...we have become more innovative with creativity for the future...Virtual Race 1 vs Real in-Person Run 0 in 2020..

move on to 2021...is there a calendar out for 2021? 

 

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On 9/10/2020 at 6:26 AM, Lady Ice said:

We will be running against each other with a VR set whilst running on a tread mill:

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You know, this kind of reminds me of the movie “Ready Player One”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSp1dM2Vj48

The world hasn’t gotten that bad yet that I’ll trade in a real race for one in VR. 🏃‍♂️

By the way, I wonder what would they do to prevent someone from setting their treadmill to 16kph, then later claiming to have run the marathon in 2:37, when they were actually sitting on the sofa all that time watching a movie? 😜 An attached heart rate monitor perhaps?

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