Partner up and run, jog or walk for charity

Due to safety measures related to COVID-19 marathon runners have had to hang up their trainers. Organizations like New York Road Runners are turning to virtual runs in the place of large gatherings. In response to the senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and others, NYRR hosted The Black Lives Matter 1M virtual run. In August the organization donated upwards of $100,000 to support nonprofits that are confronting systemic racism and striving for racial justice.

How Does A Virtual Run Work?

A virtual race is a race that can be completed at your convenience. Run or walk the distance of the race at any point during the race time window at an outdoor location of your choice. Organizations recognize that weather conditions will differ for participants around the globe. In place of giving participants a single date to run their race, runners are instead given 3-7 days to complete their leg. They have to register online to the run of their choice (most runs have a small fee) and download an application that tracks their course and pace. Participants will then receive a number and, in some cases, even a shiny metal. 

Signing up for a virtual run is a great way to raise money for charity while staying in touch with your friends across the globe, as you set healthy goals together. Even if we don’t have extra dollars to spare, we can sprint, jog or walk our way towards benevolence. Here are the upcoming runs, 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon, happening this fall:

2020 Virtual TCS New York City Marathon

When: October 17 – November 1

Distance: 26.2M 

Cost: $50 NYRR members | $60 non-members

SWAG?: All runners will receive a Finisher Medal

Location and time: Join runners from around the globe and run from anywhere, anytime between October 17 and November 1.

  • There is no time limit for the Run for the Medal or Run for the Love of Running tiers.
  • You can attempt the race as many times as you like during the race start and end dates.  
  • Take a look at the Marathon Guide for more info
  • In support of various charities

NHS Challenge 2020 – “Do What You Can” for NHS Charities Together.  

When: No deadline 

Distance: Distances from 1k to a marathon 

Cost: £12.99 cost of the medal

SWAG?: A very eye-catching medal

Location: Anywhere

NHS Challenge 2020 – “Do What You Can” allows any level of athlete to give back to the front line workers at the NHS. “There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster.” All proceeds from the sale of the medal go towards supporting NHS workers. You can even purchase the medal and cheer from the sideline!

  • If you would like to submit a time, there is a set list of distances from 1k to a marathon with no deadline. Simply visit the ‘submit race’ section of the website and follow the NHS option. (Or click the submit link below)

CIBC Run/Walk for the Cure

“Being physically apart won’t stop us from coming together as a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer. “

When: Sunday, October 4, 2020

Distance: 1k and 5k distance options

Cost: None/ Commitment to fundraising a minimum of $150

SWAG?: A very eye-catching medal

Location and time: Walk or run in your neighborhood.

  • 85,000 Canadians participated in the Run last year
  • The Canadian Cancer Society invests the funds raised into breast cancer research, support services, health education, and advocacy programs
  • Join ace organizers on Run Day for a live-stream virtual opening ceremony, warm-up, and entertainment

Partner Up And Train And Prepare

Now that you know what races to run, pick a teammate or two and start training. Proper preparation will prevent unnecessary injury. Check out resources like Runner’s World’s  Marathon Training Basics guide for helpful tips!