I understand this opinion, but if I did the running didn’t “cheat” in any way. Trained like everyone else, even followed the pacing requirements that runDisney uses I really don’t see any harm in this. Planning a trip to Disney isn’t always feasible for myself and probably others. Sure, their are people they don’t run at all but for those who do I don’t see a problem. It isn’t at Disney but we are doing the same amount of running and training you would do for a live race.
These virtual races in general are the only reasons I am running longer distances. I was running shorter distances prior to this never going past a 5K. Disney was the only theme that would of gotten me motivated had they not had gone virtual I would of never started running longer distances in the first place.
I am in no way saying that the virtual races are a substitute for live events but I don’t believe they are harmful in the slightest. If anything it is actually good for them since more people can participate.
I am glad it works for you and I am trying to no make a judgement on anyone competing in the virtual races. It just doesn't work for
me, and this is a totally personal opinion.