Tennessee state parks holding Independence Day virtual races

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After the success of a virtual 5K race for World Bee Day in May, Tennessee State Parks are now hosting two more virtual races for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The parks will host the Red, White and Raptors 5K and the Firecracker Glow Run 5k virtually from Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6.

“We have been pleased to see so many Tennesseans interested in staying active, and the virtual races are a great way for Tennessee State Parks to keep people engaged,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of Tennessee State Parks, said. “As we continue to pay attention to guidelines for COVID-19, we hope people will participate in this way.”

The virtual races can be run or walked from any location, allowing you to go at your own unique pace. Courses can vary from a neighborhood sidewalk to a treadmill.

Participants can register for a 5K or one mile race.

A portion of the proceeds from the Red, White and Raptors race will help benefit the parks' Birds of Prey program, helping raptor rehabilitation.

The race has a $20 registration fee for the 5K and includes a virtual bib. The one-mile run has a $15 registration fee.

The Firecracker Glow Run will also feature a 5K and a one-mile race.

Proceeds for that race benefit the Friends Group of Montgomery Bell State Park.

The 5K race has a $25 registration fee, while the one-mile run will have a $15 fee.

To register to the Red, White and Raptor race, click here.

To register for the Firecracker Glow Run, click here.