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As we continue to practice social distancing and follow the guidelines of the CDC and government regulations, we are committed to hosting this 5k run in a "virtual" setting. Here are FAQs to help you stay connected and get you prepared for this event!

How can I do a run virtually?

When we say that this is a virtual run, we mean that there is no large gathering of participants at the start and finish lines. We will have a Zoom video call at 8:30 am on the morning of the race to kick off the day and then again at 10:00 am for a celebratory closing of the race. Every participate will physically be running/walking the 5k in their residential area on a route of their choosing. This method allows for everyone to connect and come "together" for the race all while staying safe and avoiding large crowds.

How can I track the distance of my run?

The distance of a 5k is 3.1 miles. There are many apps that you can download on your phone that can track the distance that you run. If you're up for a little drive to get out of the house, you can also map out the distance by taking a drive the day before and checking in with the odometer in your car.

Here are some great apps you can download that will help track your distance:

  1. Nike Run Club
  2. Runtastic
  3. Runkeeper
  4. Map My Run
  5. My Fitness Pal

What is recommended to eat in preparation for the race?

Here are some articles that provide guidelines on nutrition leading up to a race and what to eat on race day.

  1. The Best Foods to Eat Before Running a 5K -
  2. What to Eat Before a 5K Race -
  3. 9 Breakfasts to Fuel a 5K -
  4. Running A 5K? Here's What To Eat & Drink The Night Before -

How can I stay connected during the run?

Ultimately, you are running on your own. Once we do the "send off" at 9:00 am to begin the race, you will not be connected to any other participant. You will be connected with during the Zoom calls before and after the race.

To share the excitement and your accomplishment, use the hashtag #runningtotherescue when posting photos on social media. Ideas could be to take a before and after picture, have your family at your "finish line". We'd love to see everyone as best we could!

Where are the best places to run in my area?

Of course every area is different so it's hard to give exact locations of where you should run. Wherever you do decide to run, it's important you feel comfortable and safe, whether it's at a local park (if it's open), side streets, or along a river. Be mindful that you are running/walking 3.1 miles so you may want to take into consideration any hills.