BALTIMORE — The American Red Cross of Central Maryland is hosting its inaugural Run for the Red virtual race — to include distances of 10K, 5K and 1 mile — on Saturday, Aug. 8. Proceeds will contribute to the mission of the American Red Cross.

Participants can run at any time that day and use the RaceJoy app to track and submit, or use a phone, fitness tracker or treadmill readout, to show their distance and time. Results may be submitted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on race day.

A virtual run means you choose your course and time to run or walk — your place, your pace.

The registration fee schedule is: 10K, $45; 5K, $35; 1 mile, $25; multi-family 4-pack, $100; multi-family 5-pack, $125; multi-family 6-pack, $150; and multi-pack, $175.

Your gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters, big and small. Donations will support relief efforts for the 2020 hurricane season.

Runners also can make an additional donation to the signup fee.

Each registrant can make their own fundraising page and use it to help generate donations. Create your own fundraising slogan, upload your photo, and earn virtual fundraising badges when you meet goals. You can set this fundraising page up during the registration process; if you are registering as a family/group you can set it up for just the first person entering the registrations and bypass everyone else.

All runners will receive a custom race T-shirt and bib.

Instructions for submitting your results will be emailed to each participant shortly before race day.

To learn more and sign up for the virtual run, visit

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, visit the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region’s page at, or find us on social media at @RedCrossNCGC.

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