After weeks of carefully abiding by stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are ready to get moving again. But that’s easier said than done these days with social distancing guidelines still in place.

To help with that process the community engagement team at Novant Health will host a virtual 5K on June 6 and 7. And while the race won’t have an official start or finish line, the idea is to get participants to walk or run around their neighborhoods or on their favorite greenway.

Registration is free, but donations are encouraged to support front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. By giving to the Novant Health Foundation, you are making a difference when it comes to providing emergency child care and meals for team members at hospitals and screening centers.

Participants are also encouraged to submit photos to [email protected] and share on social media using #thankyouNH, #novanthealth, and #healthcareheroes.

Need some extra motivation?

GO FAR (Go Out For a RUN), a community partner aimed at combating childhood obesity, is supporting the virtual 5K by offering a free training program for participants. The training program offers weekly workouts and exercises to help your family get ready for the big event.

“GO FAR’s mission is to empower children through an innovative running program to achieve their goals and pursue healthy lifestyles,” said Sarah Beth Davis, executive director at GO FAR. “We hope this virtual 5K training plan inspires runners of all ages to try something new, set personal goals, and take steps each day to support their own health and wellness.”

Cameron Herndon, relationship engagement partner at Novant Health added, “Social distancing can be tough, but that doesn’t mean we need to be socially isolating. The goal of this virtual 5K is to not only to get us moving again, but to also strengthen our mental well-being.”

To sign up for the virtual 5k visit runsignup.com/NHvirtual5k. You can also like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

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