CRIS VIRTUAL 5K for Refugees

Wed September 23 - Sun September 27 Columbus, OH 43229 US RaceJoy Ready

Our mission is to help refugees and immigrants reach safety and stability, sustain self-sufficiency, and achieve successful integration into the Central Ohio community.   

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. Our various programs have dedicated staff members from more than 10 countries who speak many different languages. We are a refugee resettlement agency, meaning we have a contract with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community. In partnership with Church World Service, we resettle individuals and families from all over the world.

Join us virtually between Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and Sunday, September 27, 2020, to complete your 5K run or walk as we celebrate our mission and our community.

Additional Race Information

What is a Virtual Race?

A virtual race is a run or walk that can be completed by participants anytime and anywhere. Reasons to host and participate in virtual races vary, but the most prominent today is to stop the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to social distancing guidelines. Virtual participation allows us to continue to support the organizations we love, standing together even when we're apart.



Even when we cannot be together physically, we want to be able to maintain that in-person race day feel. Be sure to download the RaceJoy app to access features such as GPS location and split tracking, automatic results posting, and customizable Send-a-Cheers from your followers and the race makers! This is suggested, but not a necessary component of your virtual race. Feel free to run and record your time independently, as well!


Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up early at Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) (1925 E Dublin Granville Rd #102, 43229) on the Wednesdays of September 16th and 23rd (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM), and the Thursdays of September 17th and 24th (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM). Curbside pickup will ensure limited contact and social distancing.



Awards will be highlighted on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

  • Top 3 individual fundraisers

  • Top 3 team fundraisers

Donations and Fundraising

If you would like to make a donation to CRIS, you can easily do that both 1) during your race registration process as an included step, or 2) separately from any race registration by clicking on the Donate button on the top of the page.

If you would like to do additional fundraising for CRIS and set up your own peer-to-peer fundraising page (and maybe a team fundraising page to have multiple individuals raising money together), that is an option too! On the donate page, simply click the "Become a Fundraiser" button and follow the steps to get your page up and running. Many help topics about donations and fundraising can be viewed here

If you fundraise $200 or more, or refer six race registrants, you can get a full refund of your registration fee! This means that a little bit of fundraising or networking gives you a free entry! If you have any questions about this, please reach out to Tyler Reeve at

Race Contact Info

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

Columbus, OH US 43229

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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 CRIS VIRTUAL 5K for Refugees.

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.
View RaceJoy How-To

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