The Run on the River is an annual favorite for the Astoria Parks, Recreation and Community Foundation, helping people come together and stay healthy. Thanks to coronavirus those two goals are currently at odds with one another, but the spirit of the event carries on as a virtual race on May 17. Participants can run a 5k, 10, or half marathon on their favorite local route while raising money to for youth sports and swimming lessons.
While it may seem disappointing not to have the traditional race experience, organizers are making every effort to make the day special – right down to providing a virtual running buddy! Route coordinator John will be running the original route of each distance (supplemented by race announcer Norma’s cheers and patent-pending snark) and uploading it to YouTube. Participants can stream the video and have some company, whether running on a treadmill or in their own neighborhood (while staying a safe distance from others, naturally).
Runners will receive their packet in the mail, containing a Run on the River t-shirt, a beer voucher, and a finisher’s medal. Traditionally, finishers enjoy cheers-ing a Bouy beer along the Riverwalk, but this year racers can redeem their voucher for a free drink Bouy Beer Co at a later date, which means the celebration can continue long after the race ends.
Other benefits of a virtual race:
- Sleeping in your own bed the night before
- Taking an Epsom salt bath in your own tub afterwards
- No hotel or Airbnb expenses
- No worrying about oversleeping and missing the start time
- No risk of sweepers for slower paced runners. Run whatever pace feels good!
- No getting stuck in traffic going to the race or coming home
- Real bathrooms instead of port-a-potties, and no lines!
For those who value the work of the APRCF but don’t feel like running, there’s no physical requirement to help. Simply register for the 0k to donate $45 in exchange for a complete race packet with shirt, medal, and beer voucher.
Any race, virtual or not, provides a goal of being strong enough to finish a certain distance. We’ve been sheltering in place for almost two months, so as the days have blended together and we’re all feeling a bit stir crazy, having a reason to leave the house to train is its own prize. Additionally, we are all realizing how important it is to have a safe and supportive community, and how valuable the APRCF’s work truly is.
This year’s Run on the River may be virtual, but benefits of staying active and the lasting impact of raising money to help others are extremely real.
What: Run on the River
Distance: kids run, 5k, 10k, half marathon
When: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Packet Pick Up: Mailed to you
Start Time: Anytime!
Cost (Ages 17 and under or 60 and older, deduct $5)
- Virtual Half Marathon – $85
- Virtual 10k – $60
- Virtual 5k – $45
- Virtual 0k – $45
- Virtual Kids Run – FREE