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Upcoming Virtual Races to Participate In


If you are a lifelong runner or simply looking for an activity to help you get out of the house, a virtual race might be the perfect way to feel a sense of community while you get in shape.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we do everything, from how we work to how we celebrate holidays. For running enthusiasts, the pandemic forced most regularly scheduled marathons, half marathons, 10K and 5K races to be cancelled or postponed. Luckily, most major races are offering virtual options this spring and summer, so you can participate from anywhere. 

How virtual races work

If you’ve always wanted to participate in a running event, this may be the best time to give it a try. Virtual races use GPS technology and various running apps to track your individual course. You can complete the race distance from anywhere at any time. Then, simply submit your results. You may receive a certificate or shirt in the mail after registering.

While virtual races can’t replace the excitement of an in-person event, it can offer racing opportunities to more people. Most virtual races are offering flexible date ranges, so you can choose to race on a date and time that works best for you. It also allows you to participate in big racing events without having to pay for travel. 

Virtual races in Oklahoma and more

Below, we’ve listed several upcoming races you can participate in right here in Oklahoma City. Mark your calendars, fill out your registration and get running!

Inyo County SAR Winter Race Series #3 - March 14-20, 2021

Participate in the third and final 5K event of the thirteenth annual winter race series. All donations support medical training in Inyo County, California.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K - March 8-21, 2021

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fun and virtual 5K race from March 8-21, 2021. Registration is $25.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle - March 19-21, 2021 

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, join the Shamrock Shuffle any time between March 19-21, 2021. This race offers 1-, 2- and 5-mile options for runners of all levels.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10K - April 1-5, 2021

This race usually takes place in New Orleans, but you can join virtually April 1-5, 2021 for a virtual 10K. Registration is $45.

Salt Lake City Marathon - April 10-25, 2021

The popular Salt Lake City Marathon is offering a variety of races: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids K. Join virtually April 10-25, 2021. Registration ranges from $20 to $70.

Humana Mini & Marathon - Kentucky Derby Festival - April 22-May 22, 2021

Humana is sponsoring a virtual half and full marathon affiliated with the Kentucky Derby Festival. Join virtually April 22 through May 22, 2021. Registration is $45. 

Flying Pig Marathon - May 1-June 15 AND October 1-November 14, 2021

The annual Flying Pig Marathon based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is offering virtual races this spring and fall. Join virtually May 1 -June 15 or October 1-November 14, 2021. There are races available for all running levels, including 1 mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon, plus fun relays and challenges. Registration fees range from $25 to $80.

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon - May 1-31, 2021

All proceeds from the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon will go to COVID-19 relief. There are a variety of pricing packages and race lengths, including a full marathon, relay, half marathon, half relay and 5K. You can also participate in their 100 Miles in May Challenge. 

Pittsburgh Marathon - May 1-2, 2021

The annual city marathon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be held virtually on May1-2, 2021. You can participate in a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon, toddler trot or pet walk.

Coeur d’Alene Marathon- May 21-30, 2021

Based in Idaho, the virtual Coeur d’Alene Marathon will be held virtually this year on May 21-30, 2021. You can participate in a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or kids race. Registration ranges from $25 to $95.

Bend Marathon and Half - April 12-May 31, 2021

Bend, Oregon, will host a virtual event in tandem with their socially distant in-person races from April 12 to May 31, 2021. You can participate in a full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K. Registration ranges between $35 and $55.

2021 Virtual Races

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