viRACE – Information page for organizers


viRACE is an app that enables runners to take part in a running competition in real time without having to be physically present. On this page, we would like to describe the advantages viRACE brings to organizers.

Virtual running races


Everyday life is anything but ordinary now. The necessary official measures regarding social distancing force us to drop deeply ingrained routines and stay at home whenever possible. However, regular exercise and athletic activities are still recommended by experts. From experience we know how difficult it is to maintain a structured training without a competition goal. In cooperation with Swiss Running we have therefore developed ViRace. The app should enable the participation in cancelled competitions without having to be on site and with virtual instead of direct contact to the competitors.

For teachers – how can I use running.COACH optimally for my students


Schools will remain closed for a few more weeks. However, lessons must continue. Physical education and sports are an important part of the curriculum and this must continue during the closure as well. As a teacher, it can be challenging to still achieve the learning goals. We would like to do our best to support teachers with this challenging time.

In this blog post we describe how you can use running.COACH for your lessons.

Have you already registered with us? If not, then read the following blog post and follow the instructions.

Student registration / Teacher Student connection

After your registration you will receive access to our coach backend and a voucher code for your students. All students must register themselves per 1). Browser or 2.) via Mobile APP and can use the promo code.

Registration via web: with a promo code
Registration with voucher code via Mobile app

The code can also be redeemed after you have already registered:

1) The voucher code can also be redeemed after registration at the subscription purchase page.

2.) The code can also be redeemed in the APP later under Settings/My subscription/Voucher.

As soon as the code is redeemed, the voucher will be assigned to you as an ‘athlete’ and you will have a coach-athlete connection.

Functions of running.COACH

At the beginning it is important to know what running.COACH can offer to every single runner and which settings are important. You can read more about this on this blog post.

Training together for a goal

A running.COACH training plan is very personal and individually tailored to each person. An advantage of this characteristic for whole class is that everyone is challenged according to his/her own possibilities. This means that everyone receives training guidelines which are optimal for his/her own performance level.

However, the teacher can and should set training goals and give tasks.

Possible tasks:

1.) We want to take part in a 5km run together on 1 May 2020. All of us are training for this. to set this up students will enter details as follows:
-> my account -> Parameters -> 4). My goal
Goal: “Participation in competitions”
Competition in the database: 1.5.20 Virtual Race May 2020 – 5 km (highest priority) *
In order to determine the current performance level, all of them will do their own test run over 3km until next Tuesday: Add a separate target competition “Test Run”. Distance 3km, altitude up 0m, altitude down 0m. Priority low (fun race)

Everyone completes three** training sessions per week

Try to spread the training days as well as possible over the week.
-> For training settings point 7). Training days

*running.COACH running calendar: In the calendar you can find countless running competitions all over the world. At the moment many of them are cancelled. We have now added a virtual race on the first day for the next 4 months with 5 distances from 5km to marathon. So you can agree on a final race and train based on it.

** Note: Alternatively you can also do your training on a bike. Please note the duration for the alternative sports in the training description.

2.) Besides running training, do the exercises suggested in addition to running training. You will find them at the end of the training description.

E.g. strengthening exercises. You will surely find many exercises which you do not know yet. You can also find more exercises on the Youtube channel of running.COACH. E.g. this series of strengthening exercises by Paula Radcliffe, multi time world champion and former marathon world record holder. Every time you do exercises, you can also add them to the running.COACH plan as additional training.

On the Youtube Channel of running.COACH there are many interesting strengthening exercises for runners.

3.) Running is much more than just putting one step before the other. To run as energy efficient as possible, a good running technique is also important. An optimal running technique has to be learned. At running.COACH there are also exercise guidelines for certain training sessions. You can also find additional exercises on the Youtube Channel, presented by Judith Wyder, orienteering world champion and trail running star.

running technique exercises for an economical running style

Learning Goal Check

Students are now conducting the training according to plan. The easiest way to run is with the APP. For all who have a GPS sports watch, you can log your training with it. The Mobile APP is basically sufficient. But the web version offers more functions and an even better overview of the whole training.

You as a teacher can now also check if the training has been done at all by the students.

Theory running and endurance training

Here at running.COACH Blog we have hundreds of articles on all kinds of running topics and endurance sports in general. Why not pick out interesting articles and make them available for reading

More ideas

Maybe you have some additional ideas? You can also use the comment function here!

We are happy we can support you during this time!
The running.COACH Team


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Use running.COACH free of charge for physical education


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Optimal training for your target competition – How running.COACH prepares you for your competition


The goal of running.COACH is to optimize your training and adapt it to your specific requirements. Not only your current performance is taken into account, but also the training days available to you (number and time) and your individual running goals. The following blog post can serve as a guide on how to get running.COACH to optimally prepare you for your running goals.

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