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I think that if you know about the BYC, or have participated in it in the past, you know how much this race means to us as race directors. This race is a true labor of love for us. It’s a way that we choose to spend our time, effort, laughter and tears giving back to the running community a small part of what running has given each of us. We come today sharing disappointing news. In light of the events surrounding Covid-19 we have made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Backyard Classic.
Unfortunately with everything that goes into that race and the need to start purchasing, preparing, getting sponsors, and marketing for 2020 we had to make this decision now, rather than waiting any longer. We have not taken this decision lightly and truly believe it’s the best decision for our sponsors and participants.
Making this decision now enables us to offer a full refund of the race registration (minus processing fees) paid for this year. In addition to offering a refund if you chose, we DO have another option. Since Hardin Memorial Health Foundation is our primary charity we have spoken with them and you can elect to donate your registration fee directly to HMH for Covid-19 Care. We know everyone’s situation is different, but if you’re able to, consider this option.
We know there may be questions about deferrals, virtual race, and/or a postponed date. Unfortunately with the ever-changing environment, and what goes into putting this race on, we don’t think any of those are feasible.
You will have until May 31, 2020 to make a decision on whether to get a full refund or donate the money. Anyone who hasn’t made a decision by May 31, 2020 will have their money refunded.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope everyone stays safe and we look forward to seeing everyone again!
- BYC Race Directors
Additional race information can be found at https://www.etownbackyardclassic.com/.
An 8-hour endurance run that will take place on the new trails in the Elizabethtown Nature Park. You can tackle this solo or on a 2-person team. It will take place on a looped course, 3.25 miles long. The objective is to have fun and cover as many laps as you can.
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