Quick Virtual Race Review: #CrushCorona 10K

An unresolved nagging injury has kept me from making running goals. I still have a bunch of virtual races lined up, though.

These virtual runs in my neighborhood aren't particularly memorable and the reports are pretty boring. I won't continue posting individual reports about these, with a few possible exceptions.

The #CrushCorona 10K was a themed race put on by Medal Dash. A portion of proceeds from the event was donated to the First Responders Children's Foundation.

Race Day: July 16, 2020
I completed this 10K in my neighborhood. Arthur walked about 5 miles with me. It was about 79°F with 79% humidity when we started just before 7AM.

Swag
This race came with a tech t-shirt and medal.

Recommendation
Good swag. I'd run with Medal Dash again.

Garmin GPS elapsed time: 1:36:38
Cost: $40.75

Report written August 4, 2020

Quick Virtual Race Review: Cool Sommer Mornings #2: Comedy 5K

An unresolved nagging injury has kept me from making running goals. I still have a bunch of virtual races lined up which I'll review as I walk them.

Sommer Sports in Clermont started doing in-person events shortly before this event took place. For this race they offered participants the option to complete virtually, which I really appreciated. I had originally signed up for this race because I was curious to see what a triathlon looks like and this race is part of their popular summer series.

Race Day: July 11, 2020
I completed my 5K in my neighborhood on the day of the in-person event. It was about 81°F with 89% humidity when I started out just after 8AM.

Swag
For this run I got a medal and t-shirt designed around the theme for the race, comedy.

Recommendation
I think Sommer Sports has a really good reputation among runners and triathletes here in central Florida. I have run their events in the past and I've been pretty happy with their organization. I was very happy to have the option to run this virtually, and I'll definitely run with them again.

Garmin GPS elapsed time: 45:08
Cost: $31.75

Report written August 4, 2020

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10 Virtual Races with T-Shirts & Medals to Run in August 2020

Due to pandemic-related race cancellations and postponements, 2020 has seen a rise in popularity of virtual races. 

Are you looking for your next virtual race?
I found the following virtual races with both t-shirts and medals as swag. Many are at budget-friendly prices, especially considering shipping and handling costs. Some races might have additional fees, like a sign-up platform fee or shipping. I tried to note these but I may have missed some. The races also vary in their results submission requirements and when you need to complete your run.

I'm not affiliated with any of these races and cannot vouch for their quality. Some races may have referral links. Please check all available information before registering in case of errors in the list below. Also note that some of these races support charitable causes and will give you the option to add a donation at the time of registration.

1 Track Shack's Celebration of Running 5K

  • Cost: $33 + $3 Shipping (Local Pickup Available in Orlando, FL)
  • Charity: Track Shack Youth Foundation
  • Swag: T-Shirt & Medal 
  • Registration Price Increases: August 2, 2020 
  • Complete the Race: August 15 (original race date)

Why you should run this: Track Shack is a central Florida running institution, hit hard by the pandemic like so many small businesses. Support local! This is the first race in the Track Shack Running Series, and it's the 43rd anniversary of the series. Unfortunately the first three races in the series will be virtual runs due to pandemic restrictions.

2 Garden Spot Virtual Run/Walk

  • Cost: $20 + $2.50 + $6 Shipping
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: August 8, 2020
  • Complete the Race: August 8, 2020 (original race date)

Why you should run this: This month's budget champion! For less than $30 you can get your run in and earn some interesting swag while supporting a small race that was forced to go virtual.

3 2020 Mask-N-Dash Virtual Run/Walk

  • Cost: $38 + $3 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included
  • Charity: Make-A-Wish of Michigan and the Rackham Choir
  • Swag: T-Shirt & Medal 
  • Registration Price Increases: August 14, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Anytime in August

Why you should run this: Pandemic-themed virtual races will surely bring back interesting memories in the future. The pandemic is what caused the explosion in virtual runs.

4 Virtual Run with the Flock

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included (Local Pickup Available in Little Rock, AR)
  • Charity: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: August 22, 2020
  • Complete the Race: August 22, 2020 (original race date)

Why you should run this: This is another physical race that was forced to go virtual. Support a good cause and earn cute flamingo-themed swag.

5 America's Heroes Virtual

  • Cost: $30 + $3.25 SignUp Fee + $5 Shipping (Local Pickup Available in Central Kentucky)
  • Charity: Team RWB
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: August 22, 2020
  • Complete the Race: by August 23, 2020

Why you should run this: This is another physical race that was forced to go virtual. Support a good cause and earn nice-looking patriotic swag.

6 Endless Summer Virtual Run

  • Cost: $28 + $4.48 SignUp Fee | Free Shipping
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: August 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Anytime in August

Why you should run this: This virtual run has fun swag and a fun theme.

7 World's Okayest Runners Club Virtual 5K/10K Challenge

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: First Responders Children's Foundation
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank Top; Medal; Race Bib
  • Registration Ends: August 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: no deadline

Why you should run this: This virtual run has fun swag and a funny theme.

8 Dunder Mifflin Running Team Virtual 5k/10k Challenge

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank Top; Medal; Race Bib
  • Registration Ends: August 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: no deadline

Why you should run this: This virtual run has fun swag and a fun theme. Fans of The Office probably won't want to skip this one.

9 I Run Solo

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank; Medal; Race Bib
  • Registration Ends: August 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: no deadline

Why you should run this: This virtual run has fun swag and a fun theme. The subtitle is "A 2020 Story". Fans of Star Wars and Han Solo probably won't want to skip this one.

10 Run to the Future

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank; Medal; Race Bib
  • Registration Ends: August 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: no deadline

Why you should run this: This virtual run has fun swag and a fun theme. The subtitle is "Whatever You Do, Don't Set It To 2020". Fans of Back to the Future probably won't want to skip this one.

Quick Race Review: Red, Wine & Blue Virtual 5K Run

An unresolved nagging injury has kept me from making running goals. I still have a bunch of virtual races lined up which I'll review as I walk them.

The Red, Wine & Blue virtual run was offered as an Independence Day race. I signed up for the 5K distance.

A portion of proceeds from the race went to the following charities: Be Well Therapy; Komen Orange County; and Keep A Breast. 

Race Day: July 4, 2020
It was a pleasant 75°F when I completed this 5K in the evening of July 4th.

Swag
This race package included a nice cotton shirt (with a tank top option), a silicone wine glass, and a medal.

Garmin GPS elapsed time: 48:38
Cost: $39.98

Report written July 21, 2020

Race Recap: Raymond James ROYGBIV Virtual Run

ROYGBIV is the acronym for the sequence of colors in the rainbow. The Raymond James ROYGBIV Virtual Run was organized to benefit Metro Inclusive Health in the Tampa Bay area and was meant to be run on June 27th, Global Pride Day. I chose to run a 5K for this virtual race.

Virtual Race Goal
Since I ran the Sugar Skull Virtual 5K on May 31, I've had on-and-off Achilles and heel pain, so I've been trying to take it easy. My plan was to walk and not concern myself with my time.

Race Day: June 27, 2020
I wore rainbow colors and headed out on my usual 5K route of late. It was hot, about 81°F with 89% humidity and bright sunny skies.

Mile 1, 2, 3+: 15:04, 15:22, 14:23, 1:31
Familiar story: I had meant to walk this virtual race but I added a few little jogs here and there when I felt okay. Often the pain improves as I run but that hasn't been the case lately, though it felt really good to sweat and get my heart pumping. I miss really being able to run.

Swag
The race information suggested there would be both a t-shirt and a medal for participants (with the line Since we immediately spend the money on ordering for the medal and shipping, all sales are final.). However, my packet included a cotton t-shirt, cooling neck wrap, stickers, a pin, and a lanyard.

Garmin GPS elapsed time: 46:20
Cost: $25

Report written June 30, 2020