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We know everyone was excited to participate in the X&A 5K and Memorial Walk on March 29, 2020. However, due to continued concerns of COVID-19, it is no longer an option to hold the event as planned. Therefore, we are offering a virtual race for 2020. Virtual races happen all the time, and allow you to join the fun without the crowds. You simply run the distance on your own. The live in person race is postponed to March 21, 2021.
As a result, all registrations will transfer to a virtual run/walk for this year's event. Virtual Participants who elected the T-shirt option will still receive the race T-shirt and wrist-band to show your support for the event. Drive-thru T-Shirt Pick Up will be available on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 12pm-4pm at Deshler Pirate Park located at 208 North East Ave, Deshler, Ohio 43516. If you wish to opt-out of the virtual race please select an option below.
Additional registration/t-shirt orders will be accepted through Wednesday July 22, 2020. T-shirts will not be available for purchase after the registration closes. For those participating in the virtual run/walk, we ask that you complete your run/walk between August 6th and August 13th, 2020. This is a just for fun race; we encourage you to complete the virtual run/walk and post your start and finish pictures to social media using #X&A5K. No awards will be distributed this year.
The Village of Deshler has created a new 5K course which will be posted at the Deshler Reservoir (located across from the Deshler American Legion- 505 South Stearns Ave. Deshler, Ohio). Feel free to use this course, last year's course, or a course of your own choice to run/walk in memory of Xavier and Aidan Wensink.
Also, on the evening of August 13, 2020, a glow course will be set up around the large Deshler reservoir in celebration of Aidan's 17th birthday. Our intent is not to have a large gathering of people, but to offer an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy some exercise, while complying with social distancing. Our first priority is the safety of all involved in the event and our community as a whole. If participating with friends, please practice social distancing guidelines while doing so. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
The Month of March not only represents the celebration of Xavier’s birthday but also the second anniversary of Xavier and Aidan’s entering into eternal life on 3/21. The 3.21 Run commemorates this date. Please join us in this community event to run the streets of Deshler, on roads they ran repeatedly over the years, in celebration of their lives. The 5K (3.1 mile) race starts at 2:30 pm and begins and ends at Pirate Park with all proceeds earned going towards improvement projects at Pirate Park. The former Deshler School location, recently designated Pirate Park, is in its developmental stage. There will also be a 1 mile memorial walk for those who do not wish to participate in the timed 5K route. The Wensink family would like to see this green space become a community resource to promote wellness for the youth in the community. The 5K run/walk race will offer homemade baked goods made by local bakers as door prizes to participants along with a free tribute wristband. Dave's Running will be facilitating chip timing technology for fast accurate results. Register by March 20th to reserve your long sleeve T-shirt. Race day registration will begin at noon and race price will increase to $30 with no shirt guarantee. Early Packet Pickup will be available Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Patrick Henry High School cafeteria from noon-3 pm.
To reduce cost for large families, please register multiple participants with one transaction to reduce processing fees. Also, registrants with a cart total of $75 or more, use coupon code FAMILY10 to receive a 10% discount.
We will also have a 1K (0.6 mile) Fun Run for kids starting at 2:00 pm. Fun Run participants receive a medal, a tribute wristband, and Xavier and Aidan's favorite treats, skittles and cosmic brownies. Activities for kids will also be available at the park starting at noon. All kids activities and fun run are free but free will donations will be accepted. All donations will benefit Pirate Park improvements.
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