2020 Virtual Run: Recap
With the sudden restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, we are no longer able to safely have the Wildflower Run participants all together in a single physical location on the originally planned run date of March 29,2020
We are a non-profit, all-volunteer event. All proceeds go toward local scholarships, leadership programs, community grants, and more. Conversion to a “Virtual Run”, and extending the end date to May 3, enabled the runners to join in the fun, share their run photos through social media (and be eligible for prize drawings), get their swag, support our causes, and stay healthy.
What is a Virtual Run?
A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on your home treadmill, or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. And you can still request your tee-shirt, bib, and other swag to be mailed to you before your planned run date.
How Did It Go?
With community gathering restrictions announced just weeks before the originally scheduled date of March 29, registrations were down to fewer than half of our usual 1000-1200 registrants. However, we were delighted that our participants stayed with us, finding creative ways to do their runs or walks. Thank you, all!
Corporate sponsorships are a significant component of this event’s annual fundraising. Our sponsorships remained strong. Thank you!
While we had initially hoped to safely provide a drive-through packet pickup, the continued uncertainty associated with the length of the county’s “Shelter-in-Place” order, resulted in an alternative plan: We asked all runners to let us know if they wanted their swag; we then mailed or delivered run bibs, t-shirts, bonus baby-tees (for stroller riders), goodie bag contents (including flyers and coupons from our sponsors), and kids’ medals to most of our participants. It was fun seeing photos on social media of the runners in their t-shirts and wearing their bibs!
Prizes & Social Media Contest
In lieu of winner prizes and medals, we gave everyone an opportunity for prizes! All registered runners or walkers posting photos of their “virtual run” (to our Facebook or Instagram) — or sending us their photos to post — received entries in our drawing. Special thanks to the many local businesses that contributed prizes!