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It is an Army tradition to celebrate its birthday with a run on Redstone. But this year with the coronavirus global pandemic, all events – including the run – went virtual.

The Army’s birthday might be virtual this year, but there are still ways to Hooah! a happy birthday to the organization that basically built North Alabama.

It is tradition to mark the Army birthday with a run on Redstone and while that was not possible, the rising popularity of virtual runs during COVID-19 means that individuals can still run while raising money for military and first responder charities. The best part is that these runs can be completed anytime and anywhere – each runner is on their honor to finish the walk/run. Completing a challenge with honor – well, that’s right up the Army’s alley.

Below is a list of 5Ks that anyone can complete and while there is no traditional birthday cake at the end like the Army Birthday Run, if a runner was to find their own cake and enjoy a slice in tribute to America’s Army, the Rocket would fully support it.

Land That I Run 4-Miler

Benefits Wear Blue: Run to Remember

To sign up:

Wear Blue is a running community that supports military and their families, veterans, Gold Star families and civilians.

United We Rise Healthcare Heroes 5K

Benefits Americares

To sign up:

Americares supports those affected by COVID-19 and also provides protective equipment for front line healthcare workers.

Running Is Not Canceled 5K

Benefits the American Red Cross

To sign up:

This race benefits the American Red Cross in its efforts to help people affected by COVID-19.

All-American 5K/10K/13.1 Virtual Run

Benefits K9s for Warriors

To sign up:

A portion of proceeds will go to K9s for Warriors, which provides service dogs to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and other afflictions.

2020 Social Distancing 6K – We’re All In This Together – But Six Feet Apart

Benefits Feeding America

To sign up:

This 6K was created to raise awareness for the importance of social distancing. Proceeds will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund which helps food banks across the country support communities impacted by the pandemic.

Greater Love 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2

Benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation

To sign up:

This race will donate 30% of each registration to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service fund, which supports military members and healthcare professionals.

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