Zwift academy Run is back for the second year in a row. Last year was the first year that we saw Zwift host an event for runners. The Zwift academy run is pretty much the same, just like the Zwift academy Road, there will not be a seperate event for Women and Men. There will however be seperate categories. The series begins on the 4th of October and ends on the 29th of November. The team selection will take place in late 2021(Date TBD). I am not much of a runner so I probably will not be participating in this event, I will however try and complete the Zwift academy Tri, the helmet is pretty cool looking!
Runners will be competing to get onto the Zwift running team which competes at major marathons. Anyone over the age of 18 can get onto the team. For more information on the pro contracts head over to Zwift’s requirements page: https://www.zwift.com/academy/zarun/run-pro-contender-requirements. Zwift will use the baseline runs and finish line runs to determine who makes it onto the team. Baseline runs and Finishline runs are very similar to 5k tests. There will also be 8 workouts that you will have to complete, either with a group or solo, as long as it is the Zwift Academy Run 2021 workouts, then it will count towards the event. The workouts will be added in game in the coming few days when Zwift releases V.1.16.
Zwift has also updated their UI for the Zwift Academies so that it will display your progress in the academies, your Baseline test vs Finish line test to measure how much you have improved through the academy, a link where you can find FAQ, events, and more! I assume Zwift will also add a Zwift academy event filter once Off the MAAP is finished. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like.
The unlocks consist of the Zwift Academy Run 2021 hat, socks, shoes, running shirt and shorts. You will receive one of the four unlocks at these milestones(I am not sure which ones come first and which come last), 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% through the academy.
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