Dryden’s annual We Run This City half marathon, 5km and 10km events will still run this year, with a few differences and safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, Race Director Liz Godin says the biggest change for 2020 is to allow all participants to complete the events throughout the month of September, opposed to a large, one-day gathering of local athletes.

“With COVID-19, we wanted to make sure everyone stayed safe. We don’t know what the world will look like in September, so we decided to go digital! It’s a new concept, and we’ve taken our own twist on it.”

“Our goal is always to encourage people to get out and get active. So the whole idea with the race is that you have 30 days to complete your event, and then you have all of September to complete that distance. If you wanted to run 1km a day, that’s all you need to do.”

Residents also won’t have to run or jog for the events, as athletes will have the option to complete the races by running, walking, swimming, on a paddle board, kayaking, skateboarding, dancing or any other activity that keeps you moving.

“You will have to download a free GPS tracker to your phone, such as Map My Run or FitBit, record your route, take a screenshot from your phone, and put them on Facebook or Instagram and tag us in it! You can compile them until the end, or submit them as you go.”

All of the proceeds from this year’s annual community fundraiser will support the Patricia Regional Senior Services’ recreation programming for local seniors, which helps to keep them active and healthy.

“We really wanted to support an organization that has been affected by COVID-19. A lot of us on the committee know a senior that were impacted very negatively by COVID-19, due to the strict isolation rules. We want to help them get back on their feet and benefit our elderly community members!” added Godin.

69 participants took part in 2019’s event, which helped to raise over $4,000 to the Dryden Ski Trail system. In 2018, the inaugural event raised $2,000 for the Ghost Riders, volunteers who take care of local trail systems, as well as $1,000 for the Laura Howe Marsh. 100 per cent of the proceeds remain in the community.

Everyone who participates in the 10km or half marathon digital events will receive a We Run This City 2020 shirt and medal, and will be entered into a draw to win prizes from community sponsors.

“This has been a tough year. We really hope that people can take part in the event, even though we’re not getting together in-person, we’re still getting together on social media. Post your pictures and show us what you’re doing!”

Registration ends on August 15. Those interested in the race can register at www.runningroom.com. Possible sponsors and volunteers, are asked to contact werunthiscitydryden@gmail.com

For more information:
A strong finish for We Run This City 2019
We Run This City – Facebook