Mindbender Virtual Race Report – Jeffrey Zawadzki

Race: Mindbender

Runner: Coach Jeffrey Zawadzki

Race Date: 06/26/2020

Location: Virtual (east coast origin)

Results: 2nd place

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. Starting and finishing at my house.
  2. Picking my own course (gift and a curse)
  3. Overall interaction with the runners and host on Zoom.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

No prize offered, so a little hard to stay motivated after 24 hours.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

This race is a last man standing style, which is great! Every 3 hours you have to run a 10km until everyone quits and one person finishes the last 10km. I would have liked to see some incentive to finish first each lap that would have made this a really interesting and more competitive event.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

If nothing I am very consistent hitting the same time for each loop.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

START your watch on time!!!! Also every step matters and matter more when you are tired and losing focus.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Start more reasonable if you plan on going for the longer 24-48 hours.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

You make your own course but need to stick to it each loop.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Mine was city based and I love San Diego… So definitely

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Yes and no, mainly flat but 24 hours of flat sucks!

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Organized and ran wonderfully, as well as virtual runs go!!

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Interesting question…not sure

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.


Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

It had everything I needed and wanted

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

More spring energy (ran out) and more dry clothes.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

My wife and friends!

How’s the Swag?

Cool T-shirt and bragging rights!

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?


Jeffrey Zawadzki is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about him or to work with Coach Jeffrey, check out his coaching page.