While runners won’t be able to travel to Fisherman’s Cove for Maritime Race Weekend on September 11 and 12, they’ll still be able to participate in all of the fun from the comfort of their own homes – and do it all for free. The 2020 event has gone virtual, and race director Michelle Kempton says she wants runners to know that the race is all about community this year. “I’d just like to see the running community come together again. This is why it’ll be a free event with thousands of dollars of prizes, all happening over one weekend.”
Like most things MRW does, this virtual race will be a little different, which is why the results portion of the event has been eliminated. “This isn’t about times or adding the pressure of results. I just want everyone to do their best to get out and be active, at the same time, across multiple countries.” Kempton is encouraging all of the runners to participate at the same time, regardless of location and time zone. This is why there’s a small time period (24 hours) to complete the run of choice.
There will be draws every hour for 24 hours, and everyone signed up to race will have the chance to win one of the many prizes offered (the prizes total C$2,500 in value), with some of the race sponsors giving away exclusive freebees. Prizes will be awarded for best finish line, best pirate costume, best sunset and best sunrise, so be sure to take photos of your run and tag them on social media.
How to register
As of now, thousands of runners from five different countries will be running in just under two weeks. Kempton says, “While most of us will be in a different city, we can think about how much fun we’ve had in previous years. A lot of people said that when it’s September they feel like they should be in Fisherman’s Cove. For a lot of folks, they’re missing this tradition, so we’re going virtual. Our social media will be constant. There’s a schedule of events, because they’re not just going out for a run, they’re going to experience the whole thing from home.” To sign up for the virtual event, see here.
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