Virtual Races Support Health Goals and Michigan Organizations

Looking for ways to keep your fitness goals on track? While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to large running events and organized activities, many race organizers have shifted to virtual formats.

What is a virtual race? All races work a bit differently, but essentially, participants run or walk the distance they’ve signed up for during a designated time frame. Some races will mail you virtual swag like medals and shirts.

Why should I sign up? Virtual races benefit your health and, in many cases, organizations that do great work in communities.

  • Setting a goal to work toward can inspire you to keep moving physically, which has great mental and physical health benefits.
  • Many races use proceeds from entry fees to benefit local organizations and causes. Without these races, non-profits across Michigan and elsewhere could be losing out on a big funding source.

Ready to lace up your sneaks and start training for a cause? We’ve found some great Michigan-based options to get you motivated to cross that virtual finish line. Many are family-friendly and there are options for walkers as well.

  • May 23: The Freedom 4 Veterans Virtual Race* | 4 Mile Run/Walk & 1 Mile Family Walk | Benefits non-profits in Clio area
  • June 6: Michigan VisionWalk 2020 | Fundraising Walk | Benefits Foundation Fighting Blindness
  • June 12: Run for the Impact | 5K/ 1 Mile | Benefits Family Impact Centers in Fowlerville
  • June (monthlong): MI Y, Our Y| 5K | Benefits Michigan YMCAs
  • June 20: Clio Can-Do 5K* | 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Run | Benefits non-profits in Clio area
  • June 27: Stroll for Epilepsy* | Virtual rally and walk | Benefits Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
  • June 27: The Amazing Race* | Virtual scavenger hunt | Benefits Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor
  • July 18: Frankenmudder* |5K | Benefits Frankenmuth’s Michigan Heroes Museum
  • July 25: Ele’s Race | 5K Run/Walk | Benefits Ele’s Place – Capital Region
  • 15: Bolt for the Heart | 5K/10K | Benefits efforts to place an Automated External Defibrillator in every Michigan State Police patrol care and provide preventive cardiac screenings for MSP troopers.
  • 29: Run Drugs Out of Town* |5K | Benefits Families Against Narcotics

Have you participated in a virtual run or walk this year? Tell us about your experience in the comments. If you’re a Michigan race organizer and would like your virtual event included on this list, post a link below!

*Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are sponsors of these events.

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for letting us know about this walk. We’ve added it to the blog. Let us know how it goes!
      – Julie

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