Don’t overdo it on that virtual walkathon

As a runner, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to walkathons. OK, they’re for a good cause, but I’d like to see a little more dedication when pledging money than someone going out for a few-mile ramble. I’m not saying everyone should trek 135 miles across Death Valley at Badwater, but a little effort couldn’t hurt. Well, charity walkathons are now going lower: The American Cancer Society is holding a “virtual relay” tomorrow and Saturday in which 2,500 brave souls will sit in front of their computers and move their avatars around Second Life. Have people stopped going outside?

—Posted by Brian Morrissey