Make a (virtual) run for it

Organizations across NH are hosting virtual 5Ks in lieu of in-person events

Young Woman Runner Warm Up OutdoorThe pandemic has canceled many events this spring and summer, but several 5K races have been re-imagined as events you can do at home, at your own pace. These races raise money for charities while at the same time ramping up your fitness level. Many also feature runs for kids so don’t let them sit at home! Did we miss one? Let us know by emailing

Weekly Themed Virtual 5K
Each weekend Millennium Running is changing up the theme. Make your 5k run festive by dressing up to match the theme. Check back each week to see what the theme is and to download your free virtual race bib. Free.

Healthy Kids Virtual Running Series Spring 2020
Healthy Kids Virtual is an adaptation of the usual HKRS Race Day experience. HKRS believes in leading an active healthy lifestyle. During the time of social distancing, it is important that parents encourage children to stay active! They can run, jog or walk on the grass, on the sidewalk, on the trail, on the treadmill or on the track. Your child will run their age appropriate race distance, at their own pace,and you record the time. $35.
When: Sundays through June 7

Portsmouth Memorial Day 5K
The Runner’s Alley Cisco Brewers Portsmouth Memorial Day 5K is is a fun week-long event allowing us to remain safe while still enjoying the opportunity to participate in this legacy race in 2020. Choose your registration level and participate from the comfort of your home, neighborhood or favorite secluded route. Includes virtual fun run for kids. $5-$50.
When: Sunday, May 17 to Sunday, May 24

4th annual Hoofbeats 5K
Join us, in your own neighborhood, for the 4th annual Hoofbeats 5K, a fun, all-abilities, family event that raises awareness of rare disorders. Get outdoors to participate in your favorite activity. You can run, walk, walk the dog, hike, swim, skateboard, bicycle, hand-bike, wheelchair, rollerblade… you get the idea. It’s virtual, so you can make it whatever you want it to be this year. When your activity is complete, share a photo of your participation, time and distance on the Facebook page.
When: Saturday, May 30, 9-11 a.m.

Girls on the Run NH Virtual 5K
Run around your yard, neighborhood, or anywhere that works for you. Your place. Your pace. Your way. This celebratory 5k is a non-competitive event with no timing clock where the girls choose their “happy pace.” Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the program girls and all runners realize that even the seemingly impossible is possible. Make sure to follow on Facebook to see all the live events throughout the week. Free.
When: Saturday, May 30 to Saturday, June 6

Wesley’s Way 5K Virtual Run/Walk
Wesley’s Way Foundation is a nonprofit organization that honors the memory of Wesley Belisle of Manchester. While on vacation in North Carolina in April 2018, Wesley passed away in a tragic accident on a beach in Kitty Hawk. He was only 4 ½ years old. The foundation is dedicated to providing various charitable and educational services to the communities of southern New Hampshire and the Outer Banks. $5-$25
When: Saturday, June 13 to Saturday, June 27

Bow Lake Dam 15K/5K Race To Cure Cystic Fibrosis
May is Cystic Fibrosis awareness month, and what better way is there to spread the word than by running for a cure as we wrap up a month of awareness? Put on your favorite Bow Lake Dam 15K/5K shirt and hit the streets – safely and socially distanced, of course. Take a selfie and share your Cystic Fibrosis awareness with friends on social media. You choose the course – and don’t worry about timing yourself – we just want you to get out there and spread  awareness. As always, registration proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $25
When: Saturday, May 30 to Sunday, June 7

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Lite Up The Nite for Mental Health Virtual 5K
You can run, jog, or walk on the road, trail, treadmill, track.  It’s your race, your pace, your location. This event supports the The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.  In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears likely that there is substantial increases in anxiety and depression, substance use, loneliness, and domestic violence.  This means they need our help more than ever. $25.
When: Thursday, June 4 to Friday, June 19

Virtual Run For The Ocean 5K
Join Blue Ocean Society for a run/walk as part of World Oceans Week. All proceeds from the race will help Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation protect marine life through research, education, and inspiring action. Run or walk 3.1 miles wherever you like. $12-$28.
When: Saturday, June 6


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