List: Virtual Races with T-Shirts & Medals to Run in November 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?

Local race companies are starting to run live events in many locations, with added safety precautions due to the pandemic. Check out your own local races to see if there is something available that you feel comfortable running. Often these races also offer a virtual option, with local pickup. Running a race put on by a local company keeps your money in the community and helps support local charities.

If you can't find local options, or you're just looking for more choices, I found the following virtual races with both t-shirts and medals as swag that will ship directly to your home. Several of these runs have 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 personally affiliated with any of these races. I cannot vouch for their quality, except for the one(s) I ran, as noted below. 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 Turkey Trot for a Cure Virtual 5k for Alzheimer's

  • Cost: $25 plus $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Charity: St. Claire Foundation's Alzheimer's and Dementia care fund
  • Swag: T-Shirt, Medal, Bib
  • Registration Ends: October 30, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between October 30, 2020 and November 6, 2020

Why you should run this: This month's budget champion is for a great cause. Run for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness during Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in November.

2 Virtual Running of the Bulls 5K presented by H-E-B

  • Cost: $40 | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Swag: T-Shirt, Medal, Bib
  • Registration Ends: November 8, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between November 1, 2020 and November 8, 2020

Why you should run this: Enjoy an interactive experience with RaceJoy during your virtual run. A kid's 1K and fun run are also options.

3 Chimpathon

  • Cost: $60 for the 5K or $70 for the 10K plus $5.15 Processing Fee | Shipping Presumed Included
  • Charity: Save the Chimps
  • Swag: T-Shirt & Medal
  • Registration Ends: November 14, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Race date is November 15, 2020

Why you should run this: This awesome race is one of my top five favorite runs ever. The run supports Save the Chimps, a sanctuary for chimpanzees in Fort Pierce, Florida. The physical race usually runs through the sanctuary, giving participants the unique opportunity to view the facility that is not normally open to the public. I ran this twice before: Chimpathon 2017 and Chimapthon 2018. This year's race in April was originally postponed to November but ultimately turned into a virtual run. Run 10K or 5K to support the chimps.

4 Seniors First Turkey Trot 5k Virtual

  • Cost: $33 plus $3 Processing Fee plus $3 Shipping; local pickup available in Orlando, Florida
  • Charity: Seniors First
  • Swag: T-Shirt & Medal
  • Registration Price Increase: November 21, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Race day is Thanksgiving: November 26, 2020

Why you should run this: Track Shack is a central Florida running institution, hit hard by the pandemic like so many small businesses. If you're in central Florida like me, support local with this run! Track Shack typically offers quality swag and this is an affordable race to run no matter your location. I ran the Celebration of Running in August and my packet was shipped promptly after I registered so I got my swag in no time.

5 Gobbles' Free Range 5K: Virtual Run or Walk

  • Cost: $35 plus $4.75 SignUp Fee; Shipping Included
  • Charity: No Kid Hungry
  • Swag: Hoodie, Medal, Bib
  • Registration Price Increase: October 25, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between November 22, 2020 and November 29, 2020

Why you should run this: This is a fun, flexible-date Turkey Trot with a hoodie for swag. Add-on apparel options are available. Considering the swag, this is a budget-friendly virtual Turkey Trot.

6 Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot

  • Cost: $35 plus $3.96 SignUp Fee plus $7 Shipping
  • Charity: Rotary Club of New Tampa Foundation Inc, Advent Health Wesley Chapel Foundation, and FITniche Philanthropic Foundation
  • Swag: T-Shirt, Ornamedal, Bib
  • Registration Ends: November 25, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between November 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020

Why you should run this: Run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving to earn your feast! Pick this one for the fun swag ("ornamedal") and supported charities.

7 Park Falls Virtual Turkey Trot

  • Cost: $39 | Shipping Included; local pickup available in Park Falls WI (save on shipping)
  • Charity: The Lord's Cupboard food pantry
  • Swag: Long-sleeve T-Shirt & Medal
  • Registration Ends: November 26, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between October 12, 2020 and November 26, 2020

Why you should run this: This charitable Turkey Trot was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic. Run this one on your own time (Thanksgiving Day not obligatory) and get a long sleeve shirt & medal for your race. Earn a $5 coupon off the next Park Falls virtual run. At registration you have the option to purchase extra shirts.

8 Nun Run Virtual 5K

  • Cost: $25 plus $2.50 SignUp Fee plus $5 Shipping
  • Charity: Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Ursuline Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Swag: T-Shirt & Medal
  • Registration Ends: October 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between November 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020

Why you should run this: Another great budget choice for this month! Here's a chance to run a virtual race that's not a Turkey Trot this November.

9 Hang In There 5K

  • Cost: $37 plus $3.14 SignUp Fee; Shipping Included
  • Charity: The American Red Cross
  • Swag: T-Shirt, Medal, Bib, Decal
  • Registration Ends: December 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between today and December 31, 2020

Why you should run this: This race, put on by a local central Florida race company, has a fun sloth/2020 theme and great swag, including the swinging sloth medal. You can also register without the shirt for a cheaper option.

10 I Run Solo: A 2020 Story

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank; Medal; Race Bib
  • Registration Ends: November 30, 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.

Note: I included this one in some of my previous monthly virtual races to run posts. The race has been extended at least another month. I ran this one myself and I just love the mashup of Star Wars and the current situation here in 2020. It's nice to be able to choose a t-shirt or tank top (I picked the t-shirt; it's a nice everyday wear unisex tee).

11 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: November 30, 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.

Note: I included this one in some of my previous monthly virtual races to run posts. The race has been extended at least another month. I ran this one myself and I just love the mashup of Back to the Future and the current situation here in 2020. It's nice to be able to choose a t-shirt or tank top (I picked the t-shirt; it's a nice everyday wear unisex tee).

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