This year’s Pride 5K Run, an annual event hosted by the DC Front Runners running club, will be held virtually from Saturday June 5 through Sunday June 20.
Due to the late easing of restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which only started to rise two weeks ago, it was too late to hold an official race in person. As a result, participants are encouraged to run or walk a 5 kilometer, or 3.1 mile, course at some point during the 15 day period, have their photo taken and submit their run times. to the organizers, who put them in order.
The registration price is $ 30, plus a registration fee of $ 3.24. Participants will receive a race pack, participation medal and coupons for Pacers Running and DC Brau. They also have the option of purchasing a t-shirt for an additional $ 15 (shipping included), which will be mailed to them in July. Profits go to local charities serving LGBTQ + communities and youth.
But the organizers didn’t want to just keep the event virtual, as they did in 2020. Instead, they organized various meet-and-greet events, with the main one taking place on Saturday June 12 from 8 am to noon at the cemetery. of Congress. in DC, where the annual race is usually held.
“We decided to provide our runners with smaller-scale in-person experiences,” said Ivan Cheung, DC Front Runner Pride Run 5K Race Director. “So on June 12, we let people sign up for 8am to noon slots. And we’ll basically have up to 25 people every 15 minutes so that they can still come to the cemetery and have a race-like experience. We will have water, we will have gifts, we will have a start and finish line, we will have a course for them. …. And hopefully we’ll go through about 100 people or so. “
“It won’t really be an organized race. So what we’re saying is if you’ve already registered or choose to register, you can go out and run, ”says Carlos Hill, DC Pride Run committee member. “You will receive a bib and you will have the opportunity to do a measured route. But it’s not like we’re going to have a real race. It is too late for us to make these adjustments and adjustments between the time everything was changed, in terms of city protocol, until the actual start of the race.
In addition to the Congress Cemetery race, organizers have planned other group events, starting with a race, co-hosted by TriOut, a group of LGBTQ triathletes, on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to noon to Hains Point, with a picnic to follow. On Thursday, June 10, Pacers Running and the DC Front Runners will host a 5K run on the Banneker Community Center track in Washington, DC.
On Saturday, June 19, Ainsley’s Angels, one of the charities benefiting from the Pride Run, will host its own meeting at 7 a.m. at Anacostia Park. As Ainsley’s Angels works with people with disabilities, participants will run while pushing wheelchairs. Later today at 10:30 a.m., Avalon Bay Communities, one of the race sponsors, will host an additional meeting on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail near Caboose Tavern, 520 Mill St NE, Vienna, Virginia.
“With the pandemic improving and people really excited to come together to run a race, we have pivoted a bit badly to provide in-person opportunities for people to enjoy a race-like environment.” , explains Cheung.
The annual DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K will be held virtually from June 5 to 20. The registration deadline is July 20 at 11:59 pm To register, or for more details on in-person meetings, visit dcfrpriderun.com.
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