SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Much like other events, the Salem Half Marathon is virtual this year due to the coronavirus. The 8K race and Kids Fun Runs are also virtual this year, according to a statement from the Salem Parks and Recreation Department.
“Our intention all along was to stage the races as we normally do throughout the streets of Salem, but as we all know by now, there is nothing normal about 2020,” says Salem Parks and Recreation Director, John Shaner. “With so much continued uncertainty, the virtual option will allow us to provide runners and citizens with the safest possible options.”
Virtual participants have until October 18 to register online for their event.
“From the start, our mission has been to get people moving and that has never been more important than it is right now,” says Assistant Race Director, Ashley Durkin. “We’re looking forward to engaging with the runners virtually through the RaceJoy app while still offering some perks of race day including finish line photos, a Chick-fil-A sandwich, and a free beverage from Olde Salem Brewing Company for all racers over 21.”
“We are thrilled that we have been able to provide as much recreation and entertainment as we have this year, especially with all of the restrictions,” says Shaner. “Taking the half marathon races virtual will allow us to provide another unique opportunity without creating a burden on the many city departments and residents we rely on heavily to make these first-class events.”
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