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.

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