Blazin' Virtual 5 Miler & 5K

Sat August 1 - Sun August 9 RaceJoy Ready

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Blazin' 5 Miler will be a VIRTUAL event and will also include a 5K option for the first time. When the dog days of summer arrive in their sweltering haze and the temperatures are hot enough to grill your GU, you can seek the coolest route you can find and take part in this CRC Signature Series race. Go ahead and dare that fiery mass to do its worst, you'll be as cool as you can for your 5 miles or 5K!

With partial proceeds and all donations benefitting the Jerry L. Garver YMCA, this race which typically takes place in southeast Columbus and winds next to Blacklick Creek will be wherever you choose this summer. Pick your favorite shady route, treadmill, night-time, etc, route, and beat the heat this summer and join us at the Blazin' 5 Miler & 5K.

Refer your friends, don't run alone!

Get a refund of up to $5 for every paid registrant after the third person who registers using your referral code. Refer 3 or more participants and get a refund of $5 for each (ie, $5 at registrant #3, $5 at registrant #4, etc). Don't run alone!

Your referral code is provided with your confirmation email. If you need to have your confirmation email re-sent to you, please review the help topic here: 

Additional Race Information


A hot race demands hot swag, and we're ready to deliver. Sweet tri-blend t-shirts will be given to all Blazin' 5 Miler & 5K registrants, as well as a Blazin' 5 Miler & 5K finisher medal and a cooling towel to help you beat the summer heat.

Early Packet Pickup or Shipping options available

During the registration process, you will have the option to choose shipping direct to your door or to pick up your items at Columbus Running Company's Pickerington location (1250 Hill Rd North) from Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, August 7 during normal store hours (M-F 10a-8p, Sat 10a-6p, Sun 12p-4p). Shipping is $5, while packet pickup at CRC Pickerington is free. Plus, you get to visit with the friendly staff at the CRC!

Please note: those registered by July 26th and choosing the shipping option will receive all items prior to August 1. If you register between July 27th and August 1st and choose shipping, your materials will all be shipped out on August 3rd.

Your Finisher Medal

Your Race T-shirt

What is a virtual race?

Although we at the Columbus Running Company are race directors and love operating actual in-person races we recognize this is not an option at the moment with the necessary safety measures in place. The purpose of this event is to give runners something to look forward to (while getting some awesome swag) while raising funds for an organization in need.

Steps To Complete A Virtual 5K

Step 1: Sign up

Sign up for the Blazin' 5 Miler or 5K (or both if you dare!) here, and drop some extra in the bucket for YMCA of Central Ohio while you're there!

Step 2: Train

Train to get in shape for your race. Listen to your body and be smart. Looking for a group to connect with to keep you motivated throughout your training cycle? Check out the Rally Columbus group on Facebook, it's full of cheer and motivation to keep you rolling through race day.

Step 3: Participate

Get out during the event time frame (August 1-9) and participate in your race. Choose a safe course, socially distance properly as the current regulations dictate, and have some fun! Share your race photos on social media with the hashtag #blazin5

Step 4: Report

After you've completed your race, you can report your results right from the website's results page. See our How To Report Results page on the site for details.


What Do I Get For Signing Up?

A performance wicking shirt: we use trusted local vendors to help us create a piece that will look awesome and make you feel great on the run!

Medals are always a fantastic reward for a job well done, and this race has you covered!

Support an organization in need. YMCA of Central Ohio is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. $4 from every paid registration go to YMCA of Central Ohio, as well as any additional donations you make during the registration process. Thank you for your generosity.

You get to choose your own course. Always wish that your local race would run through that one super gorgeous park? Pick a scenic route there that allows you to be safe. 

Share your race photos on social media with the hashtag #blazin5

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Blazin' Virtual 5 Miler & 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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