With Covid-19 putting a damper on this year’s events and festivities, Kitimat residents are trying to keep spirits high by organizing a virtual fun run.
It’ll take place from July 1 to July 10 and participants have the choice to run either 3 kilometres, 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres, or 21 kilometres.
“Runners can also choose their own pace, route, and time to run so they can bring their furry friends for a walk or they can meet up with other participants,” Courtney Fairbrother, Kitimat RCMP’s victim services program assistant said.
Registration takes place at the Tamitik Status of Women building at 350-370 City Centre, or the Riverlodge Recreation Centre at 654 Columbia Ave W. until June 30.
Those who sign up before June 13 will receive a Virtual Fun Run t-shirt and a wooden participation medal.
Working with Kitimat Festivals, Fairbrother came up with the idea to re-establish a sense of community within Kitimat by hosting a friendly and competitive run for anyone willing to partake.
“Just being out in the community to get some fresh air with your family or friends helps release those natural endorphins,” Fairbrother said.
“We don’t have theatres or bowling alleys, so to keep the activity level high for families I thought a virtual fun run would be a good idea. Plus it follows suit with public health orders considering a lot of planned events can’t run because of Covid-19.”
All proceeds from the event will be put back into the community and donated to the Tamitik Status of Woman’s Food Share program.
“I chose that program because they’re a non-profit program. Plus people go there every day to get food and I know [the Food Share program] relies a lot on donations so I just wanted to support them as much as possible,” Fairbrother said.
With the annual hockey game between the Kitimat RCMP and the Kitimat Fire Hall cancelled this year, Fairbrother is also using the Virtual Fun Run as a platform to challenge local Kitimat firefighters and see which dispatch can round up the most first responders to partake in the 10-kilometre run.