Star City Half Marathon and 10K goes virtual for 2020 due to coronavirus concerns

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia Amateur Sports)

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia Amateur Sports)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Due to coronavirus concerns, Virginia Amateur Sports says the 34th annual Star City Half Marathon and 10K will transition to a virtual event for 2020.

According to a statement released by Virginia Amateur Sports on Thursday, Sept. 24, any participants already registered for the race will have four options for their registration:

  • Run the race in Roanoke on the official courses between Nov. 1 and Nov. 29 then submit your times online.
  • Complete the race virtually between Nov. 1 and Nov. 29 then submit your times online.
  • Defer your registration to the 2021 race.
  • Donate your registration fee to Virginia Amateur Sports – 501c(3).

“We’re so excited to offer the chance to run on an official course no matter which distance is chosen,” Virginia Amateur Sports said in Thursday’s statement. “While race day will look different this fall, we still want to provide a unique and fun experience!”

Officials say all participants who remain registered or decide to register following this announcement will receive their Blue SWAG packet — including a long-sleeve, unisex race shirt with the new race logo; a newly designed finisher medal; a race bib; a race distance-specific Star City decal; and a custom barricade tape to create your own pop up finish line — in the mail before the end of November. 

According to organizers, they are also offering all registered participants a $10 gift card to Downtown Roanoke merchants. In addition, the first 350 participants to register and to stay registered for the 2020 race will reportedly receive a $10 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods in the SWAG packet.

Recipients also have the opportunity to receive awards and prizes in the race.

To learn more about the Star City Half Marathon and 10K, or to register for the race, click here.

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