The Bit Run – The First Video Game Themed Run Coming To The Twin Cities!
The Bit Run, presented by PC Super Hero, is a video game themed 4K and 8K run held at Veterans Park in Richfield, MN on July 31st. This is a totally unique type of run, and we couldn’t find anything like it. The first-of-its-kind run combines video game challenges from games Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and Runbow, along with a Pokémon Go side quest.
…I would sketch out some scenes that runners would go through, similar to a video game level. Of course creating a scene would require a large scale budget, so instead of going through a passive scene, I thought, what if the runners had to play a game challenge in between running? And that was the birth of The Bit Run!
How It Works
Runners and walkers make their way through beautiful Veterans Park before their first game stop challenge. After they complete the challenge, they receive a sticker from their race bib to indicate their challenge placement. At the end of the race, they complete a final challenge.
The 8K has three video game challenges, and the 4K two. Spargo says,
The Bit Run has turned into a sort of digital and physical “digiathlon” where someone training for the event needs to be in good enough physical shape to complete the distance, and be familiar with each of the games. For non-gamers, we’ve posted instructions on the website to explain how it works. For those who are more game savvy, but haven’t completed any “K” before, we went with two running options, the 4K and 8K [terms familiar in the “bit” world]. Perhaps one year we’ll expand to a 16K course.
Run. Play. Save The World.
In addition to combining the fun of running and video games, The Bit Run has partnered with the Carbonfund.org Foundation to support projects that reduce carbon emission, tree plantings, and the purchase of carbon credits in order to retire them. Knexus LLC (parent organization) has already donated enough to offset the carbon produced by the event, an estimated 11 tons of carbon!
Before the races start, attendees can compete in a costume contest with categories including, “Best Solo Costume,” “Best Group,” “Most Ridiculous,” and more. Prizes provided by Mill City Running.
The race is hosted by the organizers of Gamer’s Rhapsody, a local video game music convention held every November. The Bit Run also features video game music by local DJ Ravepulse, and a post-race concert by local 7-person band, Do A Barrel Roll.
The After Party and Prizes
In the post-race party, attendees can play video games by local developers, win an Xbox One from presenting sponsor, PC Super Hero, get snacks, and more.
Top finishers in the 8K race will receive prizes including a digital copy of the game Runbow provided by 13AM Games. Gun Times will be available at the end of the race for each participant determined by the wave they start in.
Spargo wants to emphasize that The Bit Run welcomes runners, walkers and gamers of all levels and skills. All aspects of the event is easily approachable, and advanced players and runners will be challenged to do their best.
Veterans Park is home to 3 Pokemon gyms and 14 Pokestops. A side quest will be available with prizes to walkers by catching Pokemon, collecting items, and more. Runners won’t be able to participate for the safety of the course.
The Bit Run tickets are on sale now! The 4K race starts at $20 for groups of 4 or more and the 8K starts at $25 for groups. Ticket prices increase on July 25 and will be on sale until July 30th. Please note that tickets will not be sold the day of the race due to park rules.
See you there!