Created: April 18, 2020 06:39 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With gyms closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, people are finding new ways to stay active.
Jonathan Griffiths, the owner of Rochester Running Company, came up with the idea to start a 24-hour community relay. So far, the response has been overwhelming.
Griffiths started the relay on Monday, April 13 with the goal of having someone running at every hour of the day in Rochester.
What's different about this relay compared to others is that there's no person-to-person contact. Runners pass off a virtual baton by giving the next leg of the relay a call or text to let them know they're up.
The time slots are broken down into 48 half-hour time blocks. You can sign up for as many as you want. Anyone anywhere can sign up, and you don't have to run the entire time. Any form of exercise will do, as long as you're doing something active.
"I know we have a very vibrant running community, so I said, 'Let's just see if we can make it work for an entire 24 hour period.' That means people are running at 3 a.m. sometimes or even people are running at 11:30 at night. It's a little aggressive, but, so far, people have loved it," says Griffiths.
Griffiths hopes to keep the relay going throughout the duration of the lockdown.
You can sign up for the 24-hour community relay here.
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