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
Wear Blue is a running community that supports military and their families, veterans, Gold Star families and civilians.
United We Rise Healthcare Heroes 5K
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
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
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
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
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.