Get off the couch and get outside for these virtual races for charity

You can help area charities with your virtual participation and enjoy a good workout at the same time.

As Phase 1 rules allow some flexibility in activities, large group events are still a no-go.

In the meantime, you can help area charities with your virtual participation and enjoy the benefits of  a good workout.

13th Annual EmergeOrtho Virtual 5K Race

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina in partnership with EmergeOrtho are changing things up for  13th Annual EmergeOrtho 5K.

Starting Saturday May 16 through the 23rd, participants will be able to pick from twelve different courses across six different North Carolina counties. Runners can also or create their own route using the RaceJoy app.

“We had to shift gears obviously because of COVID-19,” said Race Director Lindsay Peiffer,. “So, we decided we can’t bring the kids to the race so we’re gonna bring the race to the kids and all of the other public runners in the community.”

The race benefits Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina.

Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt and a pair of socks for the first 300 to sign up.

For more information, including registration and packet pick up locations, Check out and search for “EmergeOrtho 5K.”

Grey Liston Memorial Pier-to Pier Virtual Swim

The 2020 Grey Liston Memorial Swim has also gone virtual. Any time from May 16 through June 6, competitors can use their GPS enabled device to swim the 1.7 miles originally outlined in the race and submit their results through the website. This means you can swim anywhere you would like, not just Wrightsville Beach.

All who register to swim or those who donate $38 or more will receive a special edition race t-shirt.

Proceeds from the swim will benefit the Richard grey Liston Scholarship in Athletics Endowment at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

To register and find out more information, check out

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