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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 with World Bee Day on May 20.

A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location, whether it be a personal treadmill or a neighborhood sidewalk. Participants may move at their own pace and keep their own time – and may even complete the race in increments, doing a portion each day throughout the week-long event.

The virtual race will be held between May 17-23, though participants are encouraged to complete their miles on May 20.

Cost to register is $20, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting the Tennessee State Park Honey Project, helping establish honey bee hives in state parks across Tennessee. The fee will also help cover finishers' medals and certificates, which will be sent by mail.

To register for the virtual 5k race click here.

More on World Bee Day:

Celebrated annually on May 20, the purpose of this international awareness event is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem. Pollinator health is critical to Tennessee's agricultural, environmental and ecological health.

The Tennessee State Park Honey Project, featured in several state parks, promotes pollinator and environmental health while providing an experiential learning opportunity for visitors. Not to mention – it also helps provide sweet treats for park guests. Park-sourced honey is available in gift shops and used in state park restaurants. To learn more about the honey project click here.

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