Tour of Watopia: Prepare to Run

Tour of Watopia: Prepare to Run

ON February 27, 2020 by

Welcome to Tour of Watopia! This multi-staged event brings runners together to explore the world that started it all. Groups of us from different time zones all pursuing the same goal: crossing the finish line and working towards completion. Running on Zwift is completely free and doesn’t require a paying subscription, so it’s easier than ever to get in on the action. This post helps you get set for the starting line.

Group runs on Zwift are a great way to meet people and build camaraderie. Compete with your friends, bring the heat, and take in the sights of each stage. Looking for something mellow? Pace out the run. Ready for a challenge? Race the stage. If you’re brand new to Zwift and need to gear up, watch this How To video.

Schedule Your Run

From the Tour of Watopia homepage, click into each stage page. You’ll see a description of the stage, the available dates, and the scheduler feature for upcoming events.

Get Warmed Up

A few things before the fun starts. First, ensure your speed device (footpod or treadmill sensor) is calibrated. This How To video gets you synced up. If you’ve got a heart monitor, here’s how to pair that device. Next, make sure your treadmill station has enough water, a towel, and that your fan is turned on.

Give yourself 10 minutes before your start time to get a pre-jog in. We notify you in-game when your event is about to start, so don’t worry about losing track of time while warming up. Once you join the event and your avatar stands at the starting line, talk to the other runners and see if anyone wants to run your pace.

Here’s how to chat, interact, and motivate your fellow Zwifters. Don’t be shy—say hello!

Reading the Heads-Up Display

Zwift’s Heads-Up Display (HUD) includes a lot of information to help you understand your data while you run.

After the Run

You’ve finished the run and you’re feeling great. Stay on Zwift for a few minutes longer and chat up other runners. How’d their run go? When are they running the next stage? Think of Zwift as a giant run club—one of the best parts is connecting during events and building friendships that endure past the tour.

See you on the road.