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Tennesseans doing their part to stay apart – but also eager to keep moving – will be able to participate in a virtual 5K race this month organized by Tennessee state parks to coincide May 20 with World Bee Day.

A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location. Participants get to run their race at your own pace and time it yourself. Whether the course is a personal treadmill or a neighborhood sidewalk, participants of all skill levels who like to run, walk or a combination of both, can register for the virtual race to be held May 17-23.

The registration fee is $20, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tennessee State Park Honey Project, which helps establish honeybee hives in state parks across the state.

The fee includes a finisher’s medal and certificate, both of which will be sent to the participant by mail, and a virtual bib that will be emailed. Contestants may log time at any point during the week of the race. They are encouraged to complete their miles May 20.

The race lasts a week to allow participants to choose any day or days during the week they would like to complete their 5K. They have the entire week to input their time at itsyourrace.com.

The race can be completed in whatever way is more enjoyable. For example:

• run with the dog.

• use a treadmill.

• run the race in increments, a portion each day.

• walk part of it, and run part of it.

• run wherever, but it is recommended staying relatively close to home.

• anyone who wants to run laps in the kitchen, that works.

The purpose of World Bee Day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. Pollinator health is critical to Tennessee’s agricultural, environmental and ecological health. The Tennessee State Parks Honey Project is in several state parks to promote pollinator and environmental health in the parks, provide an experiential learning opportunity for visitors and to produce sweet treats for park guests. Tennessee state parks sell the honey in state park gift shops and use the honey in state park restaurants.

To register for the virtual 5K race, visit honeyprojectvirtual5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=13476. For more information on the Tennessee Honey Project, visit tnstateparks.com/honey-project.

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