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Join a Virtual Race

Many Local Races Are Going Virtual This Summer


It’s not the same as toeing up to the starting line, but virtual races are keeping the competitive spirit alive.

Even though many races are cancelled this season, you can still put your training to use by joining a virtual race. There are lots of nationwide challenges out there, but you’ll also find several NEPA-based races that are raising money for local causes.

So how does it work? Most virtual races give you a few days or weeks to complete the distance. You can run anywhere, anytime, all while keeping a safe social distance. Track your time and mileage on a running app and submit your results to see how you measure up.

You might not get the cheering spectators or the thrill of the starting gun, but these virtual races will help you stay connected with NEPA’s running community, even at a distance.

  • Super Hero Trilogy Virtual Race Series

    May 1 – July 31

    Instead of hosting their annual race, the MWS Race Team is holding the Super Hero Trilogy, a virtual race series consisting of a 1-mile sprint, 5K and 10K. Sign up for one race or all three. This year’s event benefits the Interfaith of Susquehanna County.

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  • Duryea at Dusk Virtual 5K

    June 13 – June 20

    Duryea at Dusk won’t let COVID-19 stand in the way of raising money for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. This annual event is holding a virtual 5K run and 1-mile walk.

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  • GCSOM Virtual 5K to Benefit COVID Relief

    May 12 – June 15

    The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Running Club is holding a virtual 5K with 100% of profits going toward coronavirus relief. The winner will get to choose the benefiting charity from a list of local and national causes.

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  • Rattlesnake Run Virtual 5K

    June 20 – July 18

    Complete the Rattlesnake Run to help raise money for the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center near Jim Thorpe.

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  • Wilkes-Barre Virtual Run Series

    July 1 – July 31

    The inaugural Wilkes-Barre Half Marathon is pushed until next year, but the race organizers are still offering a virtual option to benefit the United Way of the Wyoming Valley. Distances include a 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon or 50K. Registration gets you into any or all races.

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  • Bernie’s Run Virtual Race

    July 3 – July 5

    The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s annual Bernie’s Run is usually a Fourth of July tradition. Run three miles over the holiday weekend and compete for gift cards to local businesses. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest times, most elevation gain and route farthest from the YMCA.

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  • Jake’s Pack Virtual 5K Run-Walk

    July 10 – July 12

    This annual trail race at Lacawac Sanctuary is going virtual this year. Proceeds benefit the Michael Jake Burkhardt Memorial Student Leadership Fund.

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  • James D. Hill Run to Read Virtual 5K

    July 31 – August 2

    This virtual 5K will raise money for the Albright Memorial Library, Reading Is Fundamental and scholarship funds at Holy Cross High School.

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  • Pauly Friedman Virtual 5K Family Run/Walk

    August 1 – August 5

    The Pauly Friedman 5K is offering a virtual option instead of holding their in-person race. Record your miles to benefit the 211 Help Line and Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Some Races Are Still Going Live

As NEPA transitions into the yellow and green phases, some smaller-scale events are still continuing as planned—with some new rules. Some are using a time trial format to reduce crowds at the starting line, while others are limiting the amount of entrants to meet national and state guidelines. Each race has different safety procedures, so be sure to check before registering.

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