A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

USA Cares online running event connects communities on national scale during quarantine

USA Cares’ Keep Your Distance VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk is in full swing. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many struggling with isolation, boredom, the loss of freedom and feelings of uncertainty over what happens next.

This online event is a great way to stay active and help support your community during this unprecedented pandemic.

This virtual race is a new and exciting way to engage with people all across the nation virtually, while still staying 6 feet apart. This virtual 5K can be run (or walked) from any location you choose: on the road, the trail, the treadmill — wherever. You run your race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. You can even get your kids or dog to get in on the fun, too.

Participants can start their race anytime now through April 8, and have two weeks from their registration date to complete their 5K run or walk. Adult registration (18 years and up) costs $28/person and youth registration costs $14/person.

During the 5K and at the finish, submit photos of yourself participating by email to media@usacares.org, and your finisher medal will be shipped directly to you. Don’t forget to share your accomplishment on social media using the hashtag #usacares.

Social distancing can be hard for many veterans who suffer from depression. Isolation and stress are potential factors that can contribute to veteran suicide, and we want to ensure the most vulnerable members of our military and veteran communities are not forgotten during this global health crisis.

All proceeds from this 5K will help support veterans and their families during this time of quarantine and isolation.

We are social creatures, and this is a safe physical activity we can all rally behind. Not only is this virtual race is an excellent way to stay active during this time, but also a chance to do something positive and help those who have served.

From USA Cares

Related Posts

Leave a Comment