Roanoke’s annual Drumstick DASH goes virtual for 2020 due to pandemic


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Just like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, the Drumstick DASH in Roanoke is going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Drumstick DASH — which has been held every Thanksgiving morning in Roanoke for the past 14 years — will not only switch to a virtual platform, but it will take place over the entire month of November.

According to the Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH website, “The beautiful part of this DASH is it can be done anywhere you would like, and at any time of day you would like! The Virtual Run can be completed in your own neighborhood, at a local park, or even the treadmill.”

Officials say the participants can complete the dash any time between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, whether than be the 5K walk/run, or the new 8K run. For those who already signed up for the DASH before it went virtual, organizers say your registration will switch over to virtual for free.

In addition, the Rescue Mission of Roanoke says this year’s participants will see numerous perks, including exclusive 2020 items, such as a high-performance hooded t-shirt for all participants and a finisher medal for the runners.

The DASH’s website says the Roanoke Rescue Mission is set to provide more than 250,000 meals to homeless, hungry families this year. As of Tuesday morning, organizers of the DASH say 117 donors have raised $4,053 toward the $25,000 goal for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

“The switch to virtual was a hard decision. But one that was done with a ‘community first’ mindset,” the Rescue Mission of Roanoke said in Tuesday’s statement. “We knew the best way to serve our community was to hold the safest event possible while still raising funds for our dining services.”

Check out these links if you want to learn more about the virtual 2020 Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH, sign up for the DASH’s virtual walk or virtual runs, or donate to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

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