Run the Race from Home

The cancellation of events across the globe as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has left an undeniable impact on the organizations relying on funds raised from those activities. That said, the essence of creativity has transcended borders as communities team up to give back any way that they can. From the comfort of your own neighborhood and home, you can make a difference in North Carolina. Virtual races are popping up in cities and towns in order to support those organizations still doing the work they set out to do. Grab your running shoes, your registration packet and hit the open road! 

Anything is PAW-sible Virtual 5K Race:

In support of organizations working to find homes for rescued dogs in North Carolina, this virtual race can be completed alone or with your best running buddy – your own pup! From Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 31, run or walk the challenge all at once or in segments. Once you have submitted your results, either by taking screenshots of your fitness tracker or photos of your route, you are eligible for your medal. 

Register now to receive your race packet! Standard registration is $29.50 per person. You have 40 days left to sign up and get those paws going! For teams that are raising for a specific cause, you can register your cause online. 

Ope-RUN-ation Virtual Half Marathon:

The proceeds from this virtual marathon go directly to Direct Relief, an organization coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health care workers in the United States and China. Once you’ve registered, standard participants will receive a finisher medal, and official race bib and incremental distance pins.

Race packets begin shipping on May 15 and will be sent directly to your location. Choose your route and complete the 13.1 miles by June 30. Show your support for health care workers fighting COVID-19 in their communities and run the race for them! 

Healthy Kids Running Series Spring 2020:

The creators of the Healthy Kids Running Series Race Day experience have adapted the event to a virtual format. Running or walking any course of their choosing, kids will run the distance based on their age category with a guardian timing them. Parents who want to get active as well are encouraged to run the Parent Mile during week five. 

Registration ends on May 24 and costs $35 per child from preschool to 8th grade. Share your family’s race day experience from home using the hashtags #GetUpandGo and #HealthyKidsVirtual. Classrooms may be closed, but staying active at home is key to making the best of social distancing!

Run for the Medal Virtual Race:

On Saturday, May 23, contestants will select the destination of their choosing, the pace of their choosing and the distance of their choosing in this self-coordinated race. Whether you are running a 5K, a 10K or a half marathon, challenge yourself in the category you select. As paid options are currently sold out, enroll in the virtual race to keep the movement going! After registering, you will receive a customizable and printable bib number. Upload the results on their website and you will receive a free certificate of completion signed by the race director. 

This race is meant to celebrate the gift and privilege of running and to continue in celebrating that gift with your community, even at a distance! Submit your email address to register now!