Big 10 Network’s charity runs to go virtual

CHICAGO — The Big Ten Network’s Big 10K running races will be held in a virtual format this summer.

Set for July 26, runners can partake in a five-kilometer or 10K run from wherever they live.

Participants can run through their neighborhood, on a treadmill, through their local parks or on their favorite trail before uploading the results on the event’s website, www.btnbig10k.com. Photos can also be shared there and a finisher’s certificate can be downloaded through Aug. 1.

Registration is available at the same website for $20 that gets runners a school-specific shirt, Big 10 “B1G”-branded running buff/headband, race bib and certificate. Registration is open through July 10, and for those who can’t race on July 26, the virtual race is open for the following week.

Race packets will be mailed to runners prior to race day, which includes a virtual sponsor goodie bag.

The Big Ten Network and the Big Ten are supporting three charities through this year’s event — ALIVE Rescue, Special Olympics Chicago and Feeding America. During registration, participants will have the option of donating directly to these charities, too.

Participants are also encouraged to send and receive updates on the BTN Big 10K group on Facebook.