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State parks to hold virtual 5K

Social distancing doesn’t mean physical fitness should be neglected.

Tennesseans doing their part to stay apart – but also eager to keep moving – will be able to participate in a virtual 5K race beginning Sunday organized by Tennessee State Parks to coincide with World Bee Day on May 20.

A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location. You get to run your race at your own pace and time it yourself. Whether the course is a personal treadmill or a neighborhood sidewalk, participants of all skill levels who like to run, walk, or a combination of both, can register for the virtual race to be held May 17-23.

The registration fee is $20 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tennessee State Park Honey Project, which helps establish honeybee hives in state parks across the state. 

The fee includes a finisher’s medal and certificate, both of which will be sent to the participant by mail, and a virtual bib that will be emailed. Contestants may log time at any point during the week of the race, which begins this coming Sunday. They are encouraged to complete their miles on May 20. 

The race lasts a week to allow participants to choose any day or days during the week they would like to complete their 5K. They have the entire week to input their time into It’s Your Race at

Race participants can:

• Run with their dog.

• Use a treadmill.

• Run the race in increments, a portion each day.

• Walk part of it, run part of it.

• Run loops in their kitchen, if that works. 

The purpose of World Bee Day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. Pollinator health is critical to Tennessee’s agricultural, environmental and ecological health. 

To register for the virtual 5K race, visit