10+ Virtual Races with T-Shirts & Medals to Run in September 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. 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 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 Run Nona 5K Virtual Run

  • Cost: $33 + $3 Processing Fee + $3 Shipping; local pickup available in Orlando, Florida
  • Charity: Track Shack Youth Foundation and Tavistock Foundation
  • Swag: Gender specific tech shirt; Medal
  • Registration Price Increase: August 29, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Race day is September 5th

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. You can use the Real-Time Remote Racing (RTRT) app on your smartphone to have a virtual race experience when you run between 6AM and 12PM Eastern on race day, with real-time results, on-course cheers, and more. Otherwise you have the option to submit your results via email before midnight on September 6th.

2 Melissa's Race to Battle Brain Cancer 5K

  • Cost: $35 + $4 Processing Fee + $3 Shipping; local pickup available in central Florida
  • Charity: Advent Health Cancer Institute
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: September 10, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Race day is September 10th

Why you should run this: This is a physical charity race that was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic. The race typically takes place in the spring but due to the event's postponement, runners can now complete the race on what would have been the namesake's birthday, on September 10th. Note that if you have your swag shipped, it will go out after race day.

3 Turtle Krawl 5K

  • Cost: $39 + $3.50 Processing Fee | Shipping Included; local pickup available in central Florida
  • Charity: Sea Turtle Preservation Society
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: September 10, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run between September 12 and September 15

Why you should run this: This is a physical charity race that was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic. The finisher medal is optional and will save you $10 if you don't want it. This is Brevard County's biggest 5K race each year so it's a very popular run. The shirt artwork looks beautiful this year.

4 Candy 5K Virtual Race

  • Cost: $30 + $3.95 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal; Candy
  • Registration Ends: August 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run by September 15th

Why you should run this: This race has cute swag. You can use the RaceJoy app for an interactive virtual experience.

5 Battle of the Bands 5k Virtual

  • Cost: $33 + $3 Processing Fee + $3 Shipping; local pickup available in Orlando, Florida
  • Charity: Track Shack Youth Foundation and cultural arts organizations in the City of Casselberry
  • Swag: Gender specific shirt; Medal
  • Registration Price Increase: September 12, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Race day is September 19th

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. You can use the Real-Time Remote Racing (RTRT) app on your smartphone to have a virtual race experience when you run between 6AM and 12PM Eastern on race day, with real-time results, on-course cheers, and more. Otherwise you have the option to submit your results via email before midnight on September 20th.

6 Kansas City Zoo Run for the Sloths

  • Cost: $25 + $3.29 SignUp Fee + $1 Service Fee + $8 Shipping
  • Charity: Friends of the Kansas City Zoo
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal; 1 Free Entry to Zoo
  • Registration Ends: October 31, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run by October 31, 2020

Why you should run this: Support a great animal cause and get fun sloth (the mascot for some runners) swag. Above price info is for the Virtual 1 Miler; you can also run the 4 Miler for $45 plus fees. Even with all the add-on fees, the 1 Mile race looks like a good value for a virtual charity race.

7 Little Miracles Virtual Run

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included
  • Charity: NICU at St. John's Children's Hospital
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: unknown
  • Complete the Race: Run any date in 2020

Why you should run this: Chose your distance: 5K; 10K; or Half Marathon. This looks like a very good cause.

8 Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity Virtual Run

  • Cost: $25 + $2.50 SignUp Fee | Shipping presumed included
  • Charity: Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal*
  • Registration Ends: November 30, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run by November 30th

Why you should run this: This month's budget champion race!  Chose your distance: 5K or 15K.

*Note: Only the first 25 registrants will receive a medal -- register fast!

9 Pumpkin Spice Latte Virtual Run

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: Stand Up To Cancer
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank; Medal; Race Bib; Starbucks Gift Card
  • Registration Ends: September 30, 2020
  • Complete the Race: no deadline

Why you should run this: This virtual run has fun swag and a fun theme. Choose your distance: 5K or 10K. Any runner who lives for Pumpkin Spice season won't want to skip this one.

10 All-American Virtual Run

  • Cost: $30 + $2.50 SignUp Fee + $4.99 Shipping
  • Charity: Disabled American Veterans
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal
  • Registration Ends: unknown
  • Complete the Race: Run by December 31, 2020

Why you should run this: Choose your distance: 5K; 10K; or Half Marathon. Sign up with friends to save on your registration ($5 off for each friend). You also have the option to purchase extra shirts and medals at a slightly discounted price.

11 It's Fall Y'All Virtual Run

  • Cost: $38 + $3 SignUp Fee | Shipping Included
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt; Medal; Bib
  • Registration Ends: November 30, 2020
  • Complete the Race: Run by November 30, 2020

Why you should run this: Choose your distance: 5K up to Marathon. This race has cute swag and a fun seasonal theme. The shirt is optional and will save you $5 if you don't want it.

12 I Run Solo

  • Cost: $35 + $3 SignUp Fee + $6.95 Shipping
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Swag: T-Shirt or Tank; Medal; Race Bib
  • Registration Ends: September 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 my Virtual Races to Run in August post. The race has been extended 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).

13 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.

Note: I included this one in my Virtual Races to Run in August post. The race has been extended 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).

August 2020 5K a Day: Week 2 Virtual Events Recap

I'm trying to complete a 5K a day runstreak (or walkstreak) this month. My aim is to have each 5K (or longer) be some kind of "event", from free online challenges to organized virtual races plus a few DIY runs.

I posted about the first week here: August 2020 5K a Day Week 1.

Here's a recap of what the second week was like.

1 I Run Solo | A 2020 Story

  • Race: I Run Solo | A 2020 Story
  • Completed: August 8, 2020
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Hashtags: #IRunSOLO #IRun4Movement
  • Cost: $44.94
  • Swag: Medal, t-shirt, Tyvek bib
  • Time: 47:22
  • Recommendation: Nice swag, reasonable price, timely shipping. Recommended virtual race company.

2 DIY Virtual 2020 WDW 10K

3 J-Hawk Free August Virtual 5K

4 Bon Air Just For Fun 5K

5 Run to the Future 5K

  • Race: Run to the Future, another fun Back to the Future themed virtual race
  • Completed: August 12, 2020
  • Charity: Feeding America
  • Hashtag: #RunToTheFuture  #IRun4Movement
  • Cost: $44.94
  • Swag: Medal, t-shirt, Tyvek bib
  • Time: 53:36
  • Recommendation: Nice swag, reasonable price, timely shipping. Recommended virtual race company.

6 Quarantine 6K

  • Race: Quarantine 6K
  • Completed: August 13, 2020
  • Charity: COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Cost: $19.00
  • Swag: Medal, Tyvek bib
  • Time: 55:06
  • Recommendation: Good swag, reasonable price, timely shipping. Recommended.

7 Strava August 5K

August 2020 5K a Day: Week 1 Virtual Events Recap

I have done a runstreak a few times in July, but for various reasons I didn't think it would work out this year. I decided instead to give it a try in August. It will be more of a walkstreak. To give myself a bit of an extra challenge, I thought I'd complete a 5K per day and that each day's 5K should be an event of some sort. 

I have a bunch of virtual races I've been neglecting to complete so those will make up a bunch of the days. There are also several free virtual events for which I've registered. As of right now, I'm a bit short of "events", but I hope to complete the challenge by the end of the month. Here's a recap of what the first week was like.

1 Mad Tea Party 5K

  • Race: Mad Tea Party 5K, part of the runDisney Virtual Series
  • Completed: August 1, 2020
  • Celebrated Charity: Orlando Fisher House
  • Cost: $154.57 for three race challenge series
  • Swag: Medal (not received yet as of 8/9/20)
  • Time: 44:40
  • Recommendation: TBD, awaiting medal. This race series sold out.

2 You're Not Alone | The Social Distancing Virtual Race

  • Race: You're Not Alone 5K
  • Completed: August 2, 2020
  • Cost: FREE
  • Swag: digital only
  • Time: 49:37

3 Run For It Marty! Virtual 5k

  • Race: Run For It Marty!, a Back to the Future themed race
  • Completed: August 3, 2020
  • Charity: Parkinson's Foundation 
  • Cost: $22
  • Swag: Medal, physical bib
  • Time: 44:46
  • Recommendation: Nice medal & bib. This race is sold out but I would run with this company again. Recommended.

4 LG Get Started Virtual 5K

  • Race: LG Get Started Virtual 5K, a Strava-based challenge
  • Completed: August 4, 2020
  • Hashtag: #LGoals
  • Cost: FREE
  • Swag: digital only
  • Time: 49:36

5 Stay Home Virtual Race 5K

  • Race: Stay Home Virtual Race
  • Completed: August 5, 2020
  • Hashtag: #RaceVRC #StayHomeHalf
  • Cost: FREE
  • Swag: digital only
  • Time: 48:48

6 Randy Walker Memorial 5K Virtual Race

7 DIY Virtual 2020 WDW 5K

"Budget" Virtual Disney Race DIY Idea

runDisney recently announced that their fall race series, Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, would be converted to a virtual event due to the pandemic. Earlier this year, their summer Virtual Series sold out in hours. While virtual races have proven to be wildly popular in this year when in-person events are difficult or impossible to stage, the Wine & Dine series has not sold out since it was opened up for new registrations since going virtual a few days ago. This might be due to the cost: running the virtual challenge, which will get you a set of three medals and three t-shirts, will set you back $252. That's a lot of cash for a virtual event with the bare minimum of swag. The sold-out virtual series challenge, which will get you four medals and no shirts, cost $145.

runDisney medals are typically of quality design that utilize popular characters and unique themes. You can find both medals and shirts from past in-person runDisney races on the second-hand market. There are a variety of sources that runners use to sell their swag.

If you're looking for a virtual race to run and love the swag typically offered by Disney, you could make up your own virtual race using second-hand medals and shirts.

You can find a big mix of shirts and medals online. Often they are not being sold together so you might have to do some detective work to find a good set.

As expected, there are a lot of runDisney t-shirts on eBay and runDisney medals on eBay. When you expand your search to reseller sites like Poshmark and Mercari, you have a really good chance to find a pre-loved runDisney medal and a matching shirt in your size.

I found the medal and shirt from this year's WDW 5K, shown below, for sale by two separate sellers on Poshmark earlier this year.

Runners sell off t-shirts and medals from other races, too, so there are more options to make your own "budget" virtual race.

With the money you save buy purchasing pre-owned race medals and shirts, you could consider making your DIY virtual race a charity run! Make a donation to your favorite charity or non-profit organization in the name of your run.

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

Addendum 9/28/22: I gave this shirt away (Goodwill) in September 2022

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

Addendum 9/6/22: I gave this shirt away (Goodwill) in July 2022

Gear for Your Gear: Standing Towel Rack

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

Addendum 9/28/22: I gave this shirt away (Goodwill) in September 2022

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

Addendum 9/6/22: I gave this shirt away (Goodwill) in July 2022