15 Budget Virtual Races with Swag To Run In July 2020

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

Are you looking for your next virtual race?
I found the following virtual races that offer different levels of swag at budget-friendly prices. These 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 to your low-cost registration.

1 Red, White & Brew Virtual Running Festival

  • Cost: $34 + $3 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included
  • Charity: Friends of Fusion Foundation
  • Swag: Medal, Shirt or Tank*, Running Hat*
  • Registration Price Increase: June 28 2020
  • Complete the Race: Now through July 4 2020

*Note: Run more to earn more! Run a 5K and get your medal. Add a 10K and earn the shirt. Add a 15K and earn the hat. Submit results via email to receive extra swag.

2 Upland Manor Virtual 5K Run/Walk Challenge

  • Cost: $25 + $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Swag: T-Shirt*, Medal
  • Registration Price Increase: June 30
  • Complete the Race: July 1 - July 4 2020

*Note: Race information says it includes t-shirt and medal but no t-shirt size information was requested during registration. Register with caution.

3 Virtual Beer Mile for the Animals

  • Cost: $25 + $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included
  • Charity: CT Cat Connection and Protector of Animals
  • Swag: Medal
  • Registration Ends: June 30 2020
  • Complete the Race: Now through July 5 2020

*Note: Purchase alcohol separately and record your race with both GPS and photos after each beer lap. You can choose to drink alternative beverages for a lower cost.

4 Run 4 Rilla Virtual 5K

  • Cost: $30 + $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping Explicitly Included
  • Beneficiary: Personal Cancer Fund
  • Swag: Medal, Bag, Bracelet, Shirt or Tank
  • Registration Ends: July 8 2020
  • Complete the Race: July 1 -8 2020

5 WW Military Miles Virtual 5k, 10k and Half Marathon

  • Cost: $40 + $3.90 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Swag: Medal, Shirt, Socks
  • Registration Ends: ?
  • Complete the Race: Before the original race day, July 26 2020

6 Virtual Brew Run

  • Cost: $29 +$2.99 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Charity: Flutie Foundation
  • Swag: T-Shirt, Pint Glass, Medal
  • Registration Ends: July 30 2020
  • Complete the Race: July 30 2020

7 Chesterfield Virtual Summer Run Challenge

  • Cost: $20 + $2.95 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Beneficiary: Chesterfield (MO) Parks, Recreation, and Arts Department
  • Swag: Shirt and Medal
  • Registration Ends: July 31 2020
  • Complete the Race: Now through July 31 2020

8 Spirit of America Virtual 5K, 10K, Half Marathon

  • Cost: $30 + $3.63 Processing Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Swag: T-Shirt, Medal
  • Registration Ends: July 31 2020?
  • Complete the Race: July 31 2020?

9 Mid-Summer Classic Virtual Run

  • Cost: $28 | Shipping Explicitly Included
  • Charity: Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Swag: Medal, Hat
  • Registration Ends: July 31 2020
  • Complete the Race: July 1 -31 2020

10 Run for Caitlin Virtual 8K, 3K

  • Cost: $30 + $3.63 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Charity: Run for Caitlin Inc
  • Swag: Medal, T-Shirt*
  • Registration Ends: July 31 2020
  • Complete the Race: now through July 31 2020

*Note: Save $10 without optional t-shirt.

11 Run, White & Blue Virtual 5k

  • Cost: $30 + $3.50 SignUp Fee + $5 Shipping
  • Swag: T-Shirt & Medal
  • Registration Ends: July 4 2020
  • Complete the Race: July 4 - 31 2020

12 Race the River Virtual 10K or 5K

  • Cost: $25 + $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping Explicitly Included
  • Charity: The Epilepsy Association
  • Swag: Face Covering, Finisher Medal
  • Registration Ends: September 13, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Now through September 13, 2020

13 The Eastern Kentucky Virtual 5K

  • Cost: $25 + $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Swag: Face Mask*, Medal
  • Registration Ends: August 31 2020

*Note: Other race distances offer larger and more expensive medals. The marathon medal is INSANE! The face mask is optional and will save you $10 if you decline it.

14 Garfield Donut Run

  • Cost: $10 + $5.80 Shipping
  • Swag: Medal Only
  • Registration Ends: ?
  • Complete the Race: ?

15 Cabin Fever Race

  • Cost: $13.99 | Shipping Explicitly Included
  • Swag: Medal Only
  • Registration Ends: ?
  • Complete the Race: ?

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