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, 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. Did we miss one? Let us know by emailing (Updated: Sept. 11, 2020)

Seacoast Cancer 5K

Sept. 19 to Oct. 4

The goal is to raise $500,000 to support crucial cancer programs at the Seacoast Cancer Center by participating virtually in this year’s 5K. Register as an individual, form a team, become a fundraiser, and make a real impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families.

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Connor’s Climb 5K and family walk

Sunday, Sept. 27

Each year Connor’s Climb Foundation hosts a 5K and Family Walk. This annual event serves as the biggest fundraiser of the year so the foundation can continue its mission of providing suicide prevention education to the state of New Hampshire.

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Great Bay 5K and Great Bay 55K challenge

Oct. 1 to 24

This year, you can run or walk your race on any 5K course you choose, even if it is a treadmill or loops around your back yard. Once you register, you can do your race any time between Oct. 1 -24. The Great Bay 5K is the final race in the successful Seacoast Road Race Series. New this year: the Great Bay 55K challenge.

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Footrace for the Fallen

Oct. 3 to 5

Help celebrate our lost heroes and race participants who come together to lift up our community’s at risk youth. Experience a drive-through bib pick-up that blow you away. Take a slow drive through the Manchester Police Department lot any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that Saturday. You will be greeted by friendly faces along the route who will provide you with everything you from remembrances and giveaways to photo opportunities.

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CHad Hero

Oct. 4-18

The CHaD HERO is the premier fundraising and athletic event benefiting CHaD, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. CHaD is anywhere kids receive care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and proceeds from the event support kids and families receiving care at any of CHaD’s 13 locations across NH and VT. Lace up your shoes and help CHaD reach its goal of raising $700,000.

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Riverfire 5K

Oct. 12-23

In this year’s virtual RiverFire 5K event, participants are asked to run or walk a 3.1 mile route of their choosing with family or friends following social distancing guidelines. The 5K benefits Response, a domestic and sexual violence support center.

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Howl-o-ween 5K

Oct. 15-18

Virtual Howl-O-Ween 5k benefits the Animal Rescue League of NH. This is a great opportunity to get out and be active with the whole family including your dog(s).  Get into the spirit and wear your favorite Halloween costume.

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James W. Foley Freedom Run

Saturday, Oct. 17

Virtually join thousands of runners and walkers worldwide to run in remembrance of James W. Foley, a native of New Hampshire, and all Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

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Wicked FIT run

Saturday, Oct. 31

Join Families in Transition-New Horizons for the Virtual 2020 Wicked FIT Run 5k! This “spooktacular” family-friendly run/walk benefits Families in Transition-New Horizons, which supports ending hunger and homelessness in our community.

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Seacoast Half-Marathon

Oct. 31-Nov. 8

The Seacoast Half Marathon is one of the longest-running half marathons in coastal New Hampshire. Let’s join together virtually to keep the momentum going for this annual race. You can choose a 5K, a quarter marathon (6.55 miles) or the half marathon. The Seacoast Marathon is unique in that all of the revenue (after race expenses) goes to local nonprofit beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiary is Cornerstone VNA.

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Girls on the Run Fall 5K celebration

Sunday, Nov. 1

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.

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6th annual Penmen for Patriots Virtual 5K

Nov. 1-30

The 6th Annual Penmen for Patriots 5K is virtual this year to help keep our community safe. Participate at any time, at any location, at any pace, outside, or inside on a treadmill. All proceeds will benefit Veterans Count.

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