Many local nonprofits depend on races to raise funds and awareness for their cause. With COVID precautions making races difficult for this year many organizations have had to do away with races altogether, or at the very least go to a virtual option. Local races can make a big impact for small communities by bringing  in revenue on race day. So even though virtual races may help a charity, it does little to help the community. But don’t let that stop you. I was able to complete 5K distances using the state’s numerous park trails while taking in some of the natural beauty that can only be Arkaknsas. So get out there, discover new trails and maybe earn a virtual medal in the process.