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Heritage Run Goes Virtual 2020
As we are seeing all across the world, COVID-19 affects everyone. Unfortunately, that includes the 2020 Heritage Run in Rockford.
We have decided to make major changes to the race. Following safety standards put in place to stop the virus’s spread we will no longer hold this year’s Heritage Run as planned. While some of those precautions may be lifted by the end of April, our race committee has decided in the interest of safety to alter the event.
Canceling the race outright is a difficult decision for several reasons. The most important consideration: Winnebago County CASA depends on the race’s support. Not holding the event would really affect the abused and neglected children whose stories CASA is trying to change.
It’s also disappointing because, while new to Winnebago County CASA, this would have been the 36th annual Heritage Run. Committee members worked hard to revitalize the race with a new course and other additions that we hoped would make it even more successful than last year.
We’ve come up with an option we hope you will consider, to keep the race alive, and maintain some of the badly-needed funding for CASA. This year’s Heritage Run will be a “Virtual Race”. It’s also a way to encourage you, your friends, and family to get out and be active without the risks associated with large public gatherings.
If you’ve never participated in a virtual race before it’s very simple. Go out and run the distance on your own. It can be last year’s Heritage route, your favorite neighborhood loop, or maybe a new place you’ve always wanted to explore. You pick. Send us a picture, or a video, or some other evidence you completed the course – including a time. Submit it through this registration site and we will post the results.
What do you get out of it? Other than some physical activity, and the knowledge you’re helping CASA’s mission, there’s also a cool t-shirt in it for you. We’re still working on the most effective way to make sure you get your shirt. That could be a series of pickup dates with a location to be determined. Stay tuned. We will communicate details once they become available.
Thanks for bearing with us. This situation is new to us as a committee. There will certainly be people with more experience who’ve participated in a virtual race. Please be patient with us. We really hope you’ll consider supporting CASA. Many agencies will be struggling over the next few months with canceled events and lack of donations. Those funds are vital for organizations like CASA to survive. This is a small way you can help. And please feel free to encourage others to take part.
We want you to know we appreciate your understanding and generosity.
Rockford's oldest 10K is back for the 36th year but with a unique twist. With the current state regarding Covid-19, we want to continue the race but as a "Virtual Race". What this means is that you will, on your own, run the equivalent distance and report back your time (and please include any photos you may have taken during the run), we will list the results and you will have earned the same swag that you would have had the race taken palce as originally planned.
Be sure to invite others. When you register, you will receive a registration link with a referral code, share this link with your friends and family. If you get 5 of your friends or your family to register using this link, you will be refunded $10.
All pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative race shirt. Must signup by Saturday 4/18 to guarantee a shirt size, after that date shirts will be first come first serve on size. Kid friendly race pricing to all pre-registered participants 17 and under.
We will provide more information as we firm up the details.
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