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2020 has been a different year. The 2021 Neuf Memorial Run will be a different race.
In order to be as cautious as possible with the COVID-19 virus, the 4th annual Neuf will be run virtually. For so many reasons, we hope it will be the one-and-only.
Join us on Saturday, January 9, 2021 for the Neuf Memorial 9K or 2 Mile Virtual Run. On race day, run or walk your chosen distance on your own and post pictures on Facebook (The Neuf 9K and 2 Mile Fun Run) or Instagram (@runtheneuf9or2). Whether you walk or run, tag your photos with #runtheneuf to connect with community no matter where you are.
All registered participants will receive a personalized digital bib through RunSignUp, a commemorative lightweight running hat (pictured below), and a digital finisher’s certificate. Registration opens on October 19, 2020 with an entry fee of $35.
This year, we’re all about “spreading the love,” so we won’t track times, and there won’t be prizes for being the fastest. Instead, we will award 9 Neuf Memorial Run prizes based on photos submitted to Facebook or Instagram on race day:
We promise to be very biased in our judging, and winners will receive a certificate of recognition and lots of accolades on social media!
But wait...there’s more!
We’ve created the 2021 Virtual Neuf Challenge to encourage increased physical activity during the holiday season. The Challenge is to run/walk 90K (or more) between December 9, 2020 and January 9, 2021. 90K is 55.8 miles -- about 1.75 miles for each day of the challenge. You can do it!
Simply run or walk and then record your distance on RunSignUp which will track your progress and allow you to see the progress of the other challenge participants as well. Tag your photos with#90KforNeuf as you make your way through the challenge.
The Virtual Challenge includes entry in the Virtual Neuf Run and all the accompanying SWAG (see above). In addition, challenge participants receive a quarter-zip long-sleeve pull over (pictured below). Registration opens on October 19, 2020 with an entry fee of $90.
The Neuf has been developed by friends and family of Russ Neufeld to honor his memory. All proceeds beyond race and challenge expenses benefit the Russ Neufeld Memorial Scholarship at Hesston College and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For local participants, packet pickup for the 2021 Virtual Neuf Run and the 2021 Virtual Neuf Challenge will beat the shelter at Cottonwood Park located on the corner of 24th Street and Minnesota Avenue in North Newton, Kansas, just south of Mojo’s Coffee Bar (2500 N. Main Street, North Newton, Kansas) from 4:30-6:00 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021. For everyone participating from afar, we will mail everything to you as soon as possible after race day.
And finally, the Virtual Neuf Run and the Virtual Challenge may be completed inside or outside, but we will jeer you for running inside because that is what Russ, or any self-respecting Canadian Yeti, would do.
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