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To our Sunburst registered race participants,
We’ve spent the last few months optimistically preparing to hold the 37th running of Sunburst Races on Saturday, August 8, 2020. We worked hard to create a unique and comprehensive plan that would allow us to safely hold the races. We put our whole hearts into it because we know you desperately want to cross the finish line of an actual, in-person race and we want to continue supporting some of our littlest and most vulnerable patients at Beacon Children’s Hospital.
This, then, is not easy news to share, but necessary. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the race. After 36 consecutive years of Sunburst taking place in Michiana, we are heartbroken that we cannot move forward with the race this year.
Our decision was based on a number of variables, most importantly the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Below are three options for our registered participants. Please select the option that fits you best by Friday, July 31, 2020. If you do not log into Run Sign Up by July 31 to select your preferred option, your race registration fees will automatically be transferred as a tax-deductible donation to Beacon Children’s Hospital.
1. Deferral: We have waived our deferral fees so that you can transfer your paid registration to the next running of the Sunburst Races for no additional fee.
2. Donation: As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, you can convert your registration to a tax-deductible donation to Beacon Children’s Hospital. In fact, 100% of the donation will directly support our Child Life and Creative Services Program. These services help kids be kids, even in the toughest circumstances, by providing developmental, educational, social and emotional support. They would not be possible without the generous support of donations from the community, local business and corporations through the annual Sunburst Races. You will receive your Sunburst Races T-shirt with your donation. If you select this option, please be sure your mailing address is correct in Run Sign Up.
3. Refund: Although this is against industry norms, we understand that these are difficult times for many so we are making an exception and offering refunds. Please note:
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at: email@example.com. We will return all emails as soon as we can, but we ask for your patience as we anticipate a full inbox.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Additional race information can be found at http://sunburstraces.org.
Sunburst Races presented by KeyBank, is one of the largest community events in Northern Indiana. It encompasses a half marathon, a 10K run, a 5K run, and a 5K fitness walk. The Sunburst races are certified by the United States of America Track and Field governing body on all courses. People travel from across the United States and even from abroad to compete in Sunburst. It truly is a special event!
Sunburst will offer packet pickup on Friday, August 7, 2020, location TBD. Participants will be able to pick up their bibs before they lace up for some Saturday fun! All race proceeds benefit our friends at Beacon Children’s Hospital.
On race day, Saturday, August 8, 2020, the races will start and finish at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs. The multiple events offered make it possible for all fitness levels to participate.
We can't wait to see you at the finish line! Have your phone ready; it will be an exciting moment you'll definitely want to capture with a photo!
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