Stick to your resolution with these virtual 5Ks in Birmingham

Woman runner
Running for a cause. Photo via Rumpshaker 5K’s Facebook

Staying healthy is a top priority right now. Vaccines are here for healthcare workers, but there is more to keeping your health up and staying safe. Eating well and exercising are essential to staying well and feeling good. Birmingham has several virtual 5Ks to get you moving while supporting local causes.


MLKDay5K Drum Run—Jan. 16

MLKDay Virtual 5K Drum Run Birmingham team
The Birmingham MLKDay 5K Drum Run team. Photo via MLKDay5k Drum Run-Birmingham’s Facebook

Have you ever run in a 5K with its own soundtrack? The annual MLKDay5K Drum Run is always cheered on by a drumline. This is year is no different even though the Drum Run is virtual.

Each participant will get a soundtrack of the drumline and activities to keep you encouraged on your run. All runners get a MLKDay5K Drum Run shirt and medal.

“2020 Recovery” 5K Trail Run, Benefiting Spring Valley School—Jan. 23

Spring Valley School's virtual 5K benefiting their COVID relief fund
A fun run to recover from 2020. Photo by Spring Valley School’s Facebook

I think we all need to take a moment to recover from 2020. Spring Valley School thinks so too. They are offering their “2020 Recovery” 5K trail in waves or as a virtual event.

This virtual run benefits Spring Valley School’s COVID-19 relief fund, providing children with quality education through the pandemic. Instead of a formal awards ceremony, participants get a Chick-Fil-A meal voucher.

Hello Sunshine HWC’s Healthy Food Funds 5K—Jan. 30-Feb. 6

Hello Sunshine HWC's virtual 5K fun run
Supporting the Community Food Bank of Central AL. Photo via Kelly Corbitt-Hello Sunshine HWC’s Facebook

If you really want to stick to that new year’s resolution, this is the 5K for you. Completely virtual, Hello Sunshine HWC’s 5K gets you moving while also supporting a good cause.

Proceeds from this 5K go to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama as a fund for healthy foods. Included in your registration is a t-shirt, “shwag bag” and entry to a raffle for a prize box roughly valued at $100.


Aspire Wine 10K and Benchmark First Responder 5K—Mar. 5-7

Aspire Wine virtual 10K and Benchmark First Responder virtual 5K
Run for the medals. Photo via Aspire Wine 10K and Benchmark First Responder 5K’s Facebook

Aspire Sports Institute, along with other sponsors, are hosting a 10K and 5K. While these races are happening at The Finley Center, they are offering the race virtually too.

Teams can compete for cash prizes for fastest team or largest team too. Prices for both races increase after February 28.

Rumpshaker 5K—choose your date + route

Rumpshaker virtual 5K participant holding a fighter sign
In loving memory of Lisa Martz. Photo via Rumpshaker 5K’s Facebook

This race is a “funny name, serious cause.” In 2004, Lisa Martz was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. She continued to show those around her love, courage and strength as she fought cancer for the next four years.

Her family and friends organized Rumpshakers Inc. and the 5K in her memory to raise awareness about colon cancer. Run in this 5K virtually and get a t-shirt representing Rumpshakers.

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Cheyenne Trujillo
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