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Local runner holding 'Going the Social Distance Virtual 5K Walk and Run'

Rich Donnelly
Updated: April 02, 2020 11:40 PM
Created: April 02, 2020 10:09 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — In this era of social distancing we know one thing is for sure... sports are not business as usual.

And yet, despite the circumstances, there's a 5K right here in Rochester, and it's all for a good cause.  Don't expect to see races like this one in the very near future, these people are all too close to each other, but runners can adjust.

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"As runners, we're not really impacted by gym closures and stuff like that," Eric Frazier said.

That's why right now you're invited to compete in a race that's going on this very moment. Eric Frazier organized the Going the Social Distance Virtual 5K Walk and Run.

"We don't have to be impacted by this, give people something to do to maintain their fitness goals for 2020," Frazier said.

And this event is for far more people than competitive runners.

"Really anyone can do it," Frazier said. "It can be a walk, a run, elliptical, treadmill. The whole point is to get out, stay active, raise money for a good cause and be healthy."

So I took Eric's advice and mapped out a path for myself and my favorite walking buddy, my dog, Baron.

We'll take a few loops around the neighborhood, with at least the proper six feet of social distancing and then submit our time on-line.

But back to that exercising for a good cause part of this social distance virtual 5K.

"All the proceeds are going to Foodlink, they will stay in the Rochester community and they will go to providing meals to Rochester City School District," Frazier said.

Plenty of races have been canceled these days. If you're interested in running, racing at your own pace and helping to feed kids in the Rochester area, there’s still plenty of time to sign up. 

The event began on Monday but is open all the way until April 12.  

Click here to sign up for the 5K.

And for what it's worth, my dog had a faster time than me.


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