Wed April 21 - Sun April 25 Columbus, OH 43201 US
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5K Run/Walk - VIRTUAL

$25 for registrants 23 and under - applied at checkout!

Please join us virtually on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, through Sunday, April 25, 2021, to participate in The Hunger Run 5K and help chase hunger out of Central Ohio! We are hosting the 2nd Annual Hunger Run 5K virtually in support of Neighborhood Services Inc. (NSI), a local food pantry and resource center located right here in Columbus, Ohio. Our goal is to spread awareness about hunger and food insecurity in central Ohio, bring the community together, and raise money for Neighborhood Services Inc.

Did you know that 17.9% of Franklin County residents are food insecure, nearly 1 in 4 Franklin County children live in food-insecure households, and Ohio ranks #1 in food insecurity in the Midwest? These are just a few of the many reasons why Neighborhood Services is so important. NSI was started in 1965 through the workings of 12 different churches in the Columbus area and has been serving the University District and surrounding zip codes since its creation. NSI provides a variety of services to help support the community and reduce the effects of economic inequality and food insecurity in Columbus. Some of their initiatives include their food pantry, produce market, clothing room, and special holiday programs.

Every dollar raised for NSI provides FOUR meals, which means that by participating in The Hunger Run 5K you will help provide 140 meals. In 2020, Neighborhood Services served 10,277 households. This FUNdraiser has the ability to feed a wide variety of well-deserving families and Columbus residents who are in need and we would love for you to join us virtually this April. Sign up today to walk or run, have some fun, and help race hunger out of Columbus!

Special pricing for those aged 23 and younger a $10 discount is automatically applied at checkout. 

Connect with us on social media and share your training and virtual race selfies! We're on Facebook and Instagram!

Additional Race Information


With your registration fee, you will receive the following: a Hunger Run race t-shirt, a Hunger Run medal, a Hunger Run race bib number, and a coupon for one free doughnut from Tupelo Doughnuts.

Swag Distribution

There are three options for you to receive your race swag.

  1. Come to Neighborhood Services Inc. to pick up your t-shirt and race swag Monday, April 19, 2021, through Friday, April 23, 2021 between 9 AM and 2 PM. (1950 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH, 43201). 
  2. For those in Franklin County, Ohio, you can choose contactless delivery from NSI staff/volunteers
  3. For those outside Franklin County, Ohio, you can choose to have your swag mailed directly to your home

About the Organizers 

Kate Jennings - Hi! I’m Kate. I’m a senior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Neuroscience. I felt a call to action during the pandemic when so many families lost stability. For me, partnering with NSI has provided a way to lend a hand and see the heart of the organization. I’ve loved getting an insider look at the work (and people!) that keep NSI running.

Xin Tan - Hi I’m Xin Tan and I’m a junior double majoring in Sociology and International Relations. When I was little my mom always took me to the nursing home to volunteer. That is really a wonderful experience and reinforces my determination to study more and use my knowledge to better serve the community. There is more than one way to serve the community, but you can start by joining us to do this virtual hunger run!

What is a Virtual Race?

Steps To Complete A Virtual Race

Step 1: Sign up

Sign up for the Hunger Run here, and drop some extra in the bucket for Neighborhood Services, Inc. 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 (April 21-25) 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 to the results page when you submit your results.

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.

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 Hunger Run - VIRTUAL.

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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