Martinsville Turkey Day 5K switches to virtual format for 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic

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(Photo: Courtesy MGN Image)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — In order to protect the health and safety of the Martinsville community amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Martinsville Turkey Day 5K will be virtual this holiday season.

“The Turkey Day 5K has always been about folks returning to their roots, family gatherings and holiday celebration. 2020 will see less travel, smaller family gatherings and more supporters not venturing from home,” said Miles in Martinsville, which works with Martinsville-Henry County YMCA to organize local races, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Sept. 29. “In addition, the city is not issuing new event permits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this year’s event will become the 2020 VIRTUAL Turkey Day 5K.”

According to the race website, the virtual format will result in the following changes for the race participants:

  • Choose either the official Turkey Day 5K course or any other measured course around Martinsville that is five kilometers long.
  • Run your 5K course between Nov. 22 and Nov. 29.
  • Document your run by downloading GPS data from a watch or another device and sending it to the race director at by midnight on Nov. 29. If you don’t have a GPS device, contact the race director to discuss an alternative.
  • Check out your results online. However, due to differing courses, weather, etc., there will not be overall or age group awards.
  • Receive a shirt, a finisher reward, and a 50 percent discount offer for the 2021 Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K.

You can register for the race online until midnight on Nov. 22.

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